Redfish (specification)

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Year started2014; 6 years ago (2014)
OrganizationDistributed Management Task Force
Related standardsSystems Management Architecture for Server Hardware
DomainData center management

The Redfish standard is a suite of specifications that deliver an industry standard protocol providing a RESTful interface for the management of servers, storage, networking, and converged infrastructure.[1][2]


The Redfish standard has been elaborated under the SPMF umbrella at the DMTF in 2014. The first specification with base models (1.0) was published in August 2015.[3] In 2016, Models for BIOS, disk drives, memory, storage, volume, endpoint, fabric, switch, PCIe device, zone, software/firmware inventory & update, multi-function NICs), host interface (KCS replacement) and privilege mapping were added. In 2017, Models for Composability, Location and errata were added.[4] There is work in progress for Ethernet Switching, DCIM, and OCP.

In August 2016, SNIA released a first model for network storage services (Swordfish[5]), an extension of the Redfish specification.

Industry adoption[edit]

Redfish support on server[edit]

  • Dell iDRAC BMC with Minimum iDRAC 7/8 FW, iDRAC9 FW
  • HPE iLO BMC with minimum iLO4 FW 2.30, iLO5
  • HPE Moonshot BMC with minimum FW 1.41
  • Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) BMC with minimum XCC FW 1.00
  • Supermicro X10 BMC with minimum FW 3.0 and X11 with minimum FW 1.0
  • IBM Power Systems BMC with minimum OpenPOWER (OP) firmware level OP940[6]
  • IBM Power Systems Flexible Service Processor (FSP) with minimum firmware level FW860.20[7]

Redfish support on BMC[edit]

Software using Redfish APIs[edit]

  • OpenStack Ironic bare metal deployment project has a Redfish driver.
  • Ansible has multiple Redfish modules for Remote Management including redfish_facts, redfish_config, and redfish_command

Redfish libraries and tools[edit]

  • DMTF libraries and tools [12]
  • Mojo::Redfish::Client [13]
  • python-redfish [14]
  • Sushy [15]

Redfish is used by both proprietary software (such as HPE OneView) as well as FLOSS ones (such as OpenBMC).[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sharwood, Simon (March 21, 2016). "Gang of five plans extensions to Redfish management spec".
  2. ^ Miller, Michael J. (August 25, 2016). "Advances in USB, PCIe, InfiniBand and Redfish Point the Way Forward at IDF". PCMAG.
  3. ^ "DMTF signs off Redfish server management spec v 1.0". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "DMTF announces Redfish API advancements". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  5. ^ "How to get started with the Swordfish storage management standard". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  6. ^ "IBM Knowledge Center". Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  7. ^ "IBM Knowledge Center". Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  8. ^ "BMC Firmware Products". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  9. ^ A do everything Redfish, KVM, GUI, and DBus webserver for OpenBMC: openbmc/bmcweb, openbmc, 2019-08-29, retrieved 2019-08-29
  10. ^ "MegaRAC Remote Management Firmware". Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Avocent Core Insight Embedded Management Systems". Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  12. ^ "DMTF Redfish libraries and tools". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Mojo::Redfish::Client - A Redfish client with a Mojo flair". Retrieved 28 Feb 2020.
  14. ^ "python-redfish Documentation". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Sushy Documentation". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Open Source Projects Using DMTF Technologies". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  17. ^ "openbmc/bmcweb". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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