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A tool to autodetect and manage kernel configuration options

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About autokernel

Autokernel is primarily a kernel configuration management tool. Its main purpose is to generate a kernel .config file from a more formal description of your configuration. To help you writing the configuration, it comes with some helpful features:

  • Detect kernel options for your system (based on information from /sys)
  • Manage the kernel configuration in a more structured and sane way. Option conflict detection and conditional expressions for configuration statements allow writing a sound and modular configuration that can be used with multiple kernel versions.
  • Build the kernel (and initramfs) and install them on the system

You may use it for any combination of the above, There is no need to use it as a build system if you only want to detect options for your device.

Please have a look at the Introduction section from the documentation, which explains more about what this tool is designed for, and how it works.

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Quick start

To get started right away, please check out the Quick start guide. For in-depth command explanations, visit the Usage section.


You can use pip to install autokernel, or run from source:


pip install autokernel

From source

git clone ""
cd autokernel
pip install -r requirements.txt
./bin/ --help

Afterwards you should run autokernel setup once to create a default configuration in /etc/autokernel.

Kernel hardening

A special note if you are interested in hardening your kernel: Be aware that autokernel provides a preconfigured module for kernel hardening (hardening.conf), which is compatible with any kernel version >= 4.0. Every choice is also fully documented and explanined. Feel free to adjust it to your needs.


I would like to especially thank the following projects and people behind them:

  • kconfiglib for the awesome python library to load and process Kconfig files, whithout which this project would have been impossible.
  • sympy for the sophisitcated symbolic logic solver
  • lark for the great parsing library
  • LKDDb for providing the awesome Linux Kernel Driver Database (which is used for option detection)
  • KSSP for the great list of kernel hardening options
  • CLIP OS for their well documented and well chosen kernel options
  • kconfig-hardened-check for the collection of options from several kernel hardening resources

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