The hardware components that can be added to computers are configurable.

A hardware component is defined by a type, a name, a manufacturer, a comment, and several fields specific to the type of component. For example, for a system board, you can enter the chipset.

List of component types


It is possible to fill in other component types inside the Other Components type. However, it is not possible to add other types than those listed here.

Once a component type has been selected (Motherboard, Processor…), you are redirected to the list of components already created.

List of components

The different tabs


Information that defines a hardware component (different information depending on the type of component).

Example for a Processor:

Processor component details


The elements tab allows to visualize the computers linked to the component.

Component associated items


  • It is possible to modify the characteristics of a component only for the linked item

    From the Elements tab of the component, click on the Update link.

    Several tabs are then proposed:

    • Element - Component name link tab: lists the characteristics of this component

    • Management tab: manage financial and administrative information

    • Documents tab

    • Historical tab

    • Debug tab: only shown if you have debug mode enabled

    • All tab: for an item, all information is displayed on a page


Additional information is stored in the form of external documents which are files uploaded into GLPI. In the Documents tab, documents can be associated and unlinked with the selected item. The management of the documents themselves is dealt with in another chapter.

It is also possible to quickly create a document via this tab by specifying the desired file and optionally the field in which the new document is to be placed. The name of the created document will be based on the name of the added file.

Document creation screen


When you delete a document from this tab via mass actions, you only remove the link between the object and the document; the document itself is still present.


The History tab is used to show any changes made to an item. The following information about the changes is available:

  • ID of the change.

  • Date and time the change was made.

  • User who made the change. If this field is not filled, it means that the action was done automatically (For example: automatic inventory update).

  • Field that was changed.

  • Description of the change that was made.

The description of the change represents either the difference between the old and the new value (For example with location field: Change HQ to Remote Office A), or the explanation of the action which was carried out (For example: Uninstallation of a software: « Gimp 2.0 »).


For dropdowns or objects with a parent/child relationship, the modification of a child will appear in the history of the parent element.

All Information

For an item, all information is displayed on one page from the All tab. This shows all of the tabs of an object’s form in one view, one below the other.