i2cdetect man page

i2cdetect ā€” detect I2C chips

Synopsis

i2cdetect [-y] [-a] [-q|-r] i2cbus [first last]
i2cdetect -F i2cbus
i2cdetect -V
i2cdetect -l

Description

i2cdetect is a userspace program to scan an I2C bus for devices. It outputs a table with the list of detected devices on the specified bus. i2cbus indicates the number or name of the I2C bus to be scanned, and should correspond to one of the busses listed by i2cdetect -l. The optional parameters first and last restrict the scanning range (default: from 0x03 to 0x77).

As there is no standard I2C detection command, i2cdetect uses arbitrary SMBus commands (namely SMBus quick write and SMBus receive byte) to probe for devices. By default, the command used is the one believed to be the safest for each address. See options -q and -r to change this behavior.

i2cdetect can also be used to query the functionalities of an I2C bus (see option -F.)

Warning

This program can confuse your I2C bus, cause data loss and worse!

Interpreting the Output

Each cell in the output table will contain one of the following symbols:

Options

-y

Disable interactive mode. By default, i2cdetect will wait for a confirmation from the user before messing with the I2C bus. When this flag is used, it will perform the operation directly. This is mainly meant to be used in scripts.

-a

Force scanning of non-regular addresses. Not recommended.

-q

Use SMBus "quick write" command for probing. Not recommended. This is known to corrupt the Atmel AT24RF08 EEPROM found on many IBM Thinkpad laptops.

-r

Use SMBus "receive byte" command for probing. Not recommended. This is known to lock SMBus on various write-only chips (most notably clock chips at address 0x69).

-F

Display the list of functionalities implemented by the adapter and exit.

-V

Display the version and exit.

-l

Output a list of installed busses.

See Also

i2cdump(8), sensors-detect(8)

Author

Frodo Looijaard, Mark D. Studebaker and Jean Delvare

This manual page was originally written by Aurelien Jarno <aurel32@debian.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system.

Referenced By

i2cdump(8), i2c-stub-from-dump(8).

April 2008