System Information Collected by Red Hat Insights

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View data collected by the insights-client uploader

Red Hat Insights collects specific system metadata for analysis. The insights-client --no-upload command enables users to view all of their collected metadata without uploading anything to Red Hat Insights servers. Consult the table below to learn more about the default collection mechanism for a particular version and the full list of commands leveraged by the client.

insights-client version default collection mechanism full list of commands
3.1.x core collection datasource catalog
> 3.0.6 (egg version >= 3.0.12) simple commands and files1 uploader.v2.json
< 3.0.3 (egg_version < 3.0.12) simple commands and files uploader.json
v1 simple commands and files uploader.json

Using --no-upload

  • The insights-client --no-upload command performs a collection test run and saves the output to a local temporary directory, /var/tmp/ in the example below.

    # insights-client --no-upload
    Attempting to download collection rules from
    Successfully downloaded collection rules
    Attempting to download collection rules GPG signature from
    Successfully downloaded GPG signature
    Verifying GPG signature of Insights configuration
    Starting to collect Insights data
    See Insights data in /var/tmp/dJmbXS/insights-localhost-20151113145133.tar.gz

Excluding data from collection

Related Resources

Red Hat Insights Security - Data Collection & Controls

  1. core collection can be enabled with Insights client version 3.0.x after installation ↩︎


Please sort the collected files to make it easier to see what belongs together and what directories are included. Example the /etc is spread and also /etc/httpd/httpd.conf and /etc/http/conf.d/* are not together.

Hey Peter, sorry for the delay in responding and getting this done. The filenames and filter patterns should now be sorted. Let me know if you have other suggestions.

Hi guys, Is there a way I could run a restapi request to fetch information on insight reporting either from redhat website or satellite(preferably). This would allow me to use ansible kind of tools, to get information.

Late reply but...