How to update device firmware using fwupd on RHEL system?

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 and later.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.
  • fwupd utility.


  • fwupd is a system daemon that connects to LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service) to collect firmware updates hosted by supported OEM vendors for the hardware devices connected to the system.

  • You can either use a GUI software manager like GNOME Software or the command-line tool fwupdmgr to to view and apply firmware updates.

  • The Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) is a secure web service that allows hardware vendors to upload firmware updates. The metadata and files provided by LVFS are used by all major Linux distributions to provide metadata for clients such as GNOME software and fwupdmgr. There is also no charge to vendors for LVFS to host or distribute content.

How to use fwupd?

1. Install fwupd package

# yum install -y fwupd
# systemctl start fwupd.service
  • You can check fwupd service status by running following command:
# systemctl status fwupd.service 
● fwupd.service - Firmware update daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/fwupd.service; static; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Mon 2020-09-28 14:00:22 IST; 53min ago
 Main PID: 19250 (fwupd)
    Tasks: 5
   CGroup: /system.slice/fwupd.service
           └─19250 /usr/libexec/fwupd/fwupd
  • There is no need to explicitly enable the fwupd.service as its statis in nature which gets invoked automatically when fwupdagent or fwupdmgr commands are ran, the service will start automatically.

2.1 Updating firmware using fwupdmgr

  • Use fwupdmgr to download the latest metadata from the Linux Vendor firmware Service (LVFS):

NOTE: by default LVFS is not enabled on RHEL systems. After executing the ‘fwupdmgr refresh’ command system asks user to enable LVFS so as to fetch latest device firmware metadata from LVFS

# fwupdmgr refresh     
No remotes are currently enabled so no metadata is available.
Metadata can be obtained from the Linux Vendor Firmware Service.
Enable this remote? [Y|n]: Y ⇐
The LVFS is a free service that operates as an independent legal entity and has no connection with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation. Your distributor may not have verified any of the firmware updates for compatibility with your system or connected devices. All firmware is provided only by the original equipment manufacturer.

Enabling this functionality is done at your own risk, which means you have to contact your original equipment manufacturer regarding any problems caused by these updates. Only problems with the update process itself should be filed at
Agree and enable the remote? [Y|n]: Y  ⇐
Fetching metadata
Downloading…           [***************************************]
Fetching signature

Authenticating…        [***************************************]
  • List out available updates for any devices on the system:
# fwupdmgr get-updates
  • Before proceeding with update, you can use below command to list out hardware devices for which fwupd do not support firmware updates:
# fwupdmgr get-devices --show-all-devices
Intel AMT [unprovisioned]
  DeviceId:             088df415cdee883ec89563e41e6d495924250174
  Guid:                 2800f812-b7b4-2d4b-aca8-46e0ff65814c
  Summary:              Hardware and firmware technology for remote out-of-band management
  Plugin:               amt
  Flags:                internal|registered
  Vendor:               Intel Corporation
  Version:              11.8.65
  VersionBootloader:    11.8.65
  Icon:                 computer
  Created:              2020-09-29

UHD Graphics 620
  DeviceId:             8de6c7959053fd5798006dcc63590d33fa5e51cb
  Guid:                 8eb8bd2e-0fca-5aba-9aa8-f341e0aa4482
  Plugin:               udev
  Flags:                internal|registered
  Vendor:               Intel Corporation
  VendorId:             PCI:0x8086
  Icon:                 audio-card
  Created:              2020-09-29
  • Install available updates with the help of below command:
# fwupdmgr update

2.2 Updating firmware using GNOME Software
Users can also use the GNOME Software application to update device firmwares.
- Enable LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service) from ‘Software Repositories’ menu available in GNOME Software.

Enable LVFS

  • Since required metadata files are automatically downloaded from the LVFS and submitted into fwupd over D-Bus,
    if there are updates that need applying then they are downloaded and the user is notified and the update details are
    shown. The user has to explicitly agree to the firmware update action before the update is performed.

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  • Updates that can be applied live will be done immediately.
  • Updates that run at bootup will be staged for the next reboot.
  • The root user may be required to perform certain device updates.

Limitations of fwupd

  • fwupd uses firmware metadata to fetch firmware updates for hardware devices running on systems. With access to LVFS, customers will get firmware updates directly from the hardware vendor. Although it must be noted that such updates will not be verified by Red Hat QA as they are directly shared by Hardware Vendors through LVFS in the same way customers use to download and install the updates from OEM’s Support Portal .

  • As there are a significant number of legal problems with the redistribution of firmware, many hardware vendors are still finding acceptable methods of redistribution whilst ensuring confidentiality throughout the process.

  • Reference

    Check list of Hardware Vendors providing firmware updates through LVFS
    Check available firmware updates for your devices at LVFS site

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