# Debug IoT Devices

Sometimes it may be necessary to debug a device if contains errors. You can of course use the Ionoid.io dashboard to view some informations about the device, including errors outputs. In the case where the Ionoid.io dashboard information is not enough to locate the failure, you may have to connect to the device via ssh.

# Use the Dashboard Device Information

Go to the device details page and lookup for the following information:

  • Status and last time seen
  • Device operating system versions
  • Device SealOS Manager version
  • Device Systemd version
  • Device Docker version
  • Error logs (if any)

# Connect to the Device via SSH

You first need to get an address to which you will open a SSH session. For that, you have two options:

  1. Either get the local IP address of your device, you need to be connected on the same local area network (LAN) to be able to connect to the device via this IP address
  2. Or get the public URL of your device, to which you can open a SSH session from anywhere


If you are on Windows, you need first to download a SSH client like Putty

# 1. Get the Local IP Address

# Using the dashboard

Go to the device details page and scroll to the bottom, then click on the NETWORKS tab. You will see the local IP address of the device in the Network Interfaces, IP Addresses section:

Get Local IP


You can make sure that you are connected to the same local area network of the device by looking at the Conncted Networks section:

Get Connected Network

# Using a network scan


# 2. Get the Public URL

Go to the device details page and scroll to the bottom, then click on the DETAILS tab. On the Device Public URL section, check the checkbox to turn the public URL of the device on. Then, copy the displayed public URL.


This option is not yet available for all users.

# Connect to the Device

Once you got the local IP address, or the public URL of the device, use the following command to connect to it via SSH. In this command we suppose that the you want to use the local IP address that is, and that the user with which you want to connect is pi (which is the default user on Raspberry Pi devices, this can also be root or any other user you created on the device):

ssh pi@

Provide the user password (which is by default raspberry for the pi user on Raspberry Pi devices), and you should be logged in via SSH if the device is still online.

# Connect to the Device Via Serial Communication

If for one reason or another, you can't connect to the device via a network, you can use a USB cable to associate the micro USB port on device to the upstream USB port on your computer.

# Raspbian Serial Communication

If you are using Raspbian as an operating system, please follow these instructions:

  • On your computer, install minicom or any other serial communication program
  • Add your current user to the dialout group to be able to open the serial port:
$ sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER
  • On the microSD card where you have flushed Raspbian:

    • Append the following line at the end of the the /boot/cmdline.txt file (which will enable the serial option):
    console=serial0,115200 console=tty1
    • Append the following line at the end of the /boot/config.txt file (which will enable UART console during boot):
    • Append the following line at the end of the /root/etc/inittab file (which will enable getty on serial):
    T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS0 115200 vt100
  • Finally boot the Raspberry Pi and use minicom from your computer to connect:

$ minicom -b 115200 -o -D /dev/ttyUSB0
  • On your computer, some types of USB serial adapter may appear as /dev/ttyACM0, if so use:
$ minicom -b 115200 -o -D /dev/ttyACM0

References: Raspberry Pi Serial Connection

# Troubleshooting IoT Device

Assuming you successfully logged in into your device, information about status, services and apps can be found using the systemctl utility.

Tip for Linux Starters

When walking around in a Linux terminal, you may find yourself in file reading mode (like after running journalctl command), just type q to quit.

# Troubleshooting System Status

  • To get the overall status of the device, run the command:
sudo systemctl status


If you are logged in as root, no need to prefix commands with sudo.

# Troubleshooting Services and Apps

  • To get the list of failed services on the device, run the command:
sudo systemctl --failed
  • To get the status of services or apps, use the status operation. For example, to get the status of systemd-journald service:
sudo systemctl status systemd-journald
  • To get the status of Ionoid.io SealOS managers, check the following services:

    • Status of main manager, run:
    sudo systemctl status sealos-manager
    • Status of manager that executes and performs actions, run:
    sudo systemctl status sealos-manager-actions
  • To see if Ionoid.io SealOS manager boot setup succeededs, run the following command:

sudo systemctl status sealos-boot-setup

You should see as output:

Main PID: 52 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

If it's not the case, then something went wrong during initial Ionoid.io SealOS manager boot setup.

# Troubleshooting IoT Apps

If you have deployed an app using the native format tar, zip or anything that is not a Docker Container/App, then you can debug you app using the following commands (we suppose that the app name is "hello-world"):

  • Get status of an app:
sudo systemctl status hello-world
  • Get log entries of an app:
sudo journalctl -b -u hello-world

# Troubleshooting Docker IoT Apps

If you have deployed Docker containers or apps then you can use the Docker tools:


If docker commands do not work, run them with sudo.

  • List all running docker apps and containers:
docker ps

# Inspecting Device Logs

Information logs about device services and apps can be found using the journalctl which is part of systemd-journald, it only handles current boot logs as they are stored in a volatile way below /run/log/journal/, and they are cleaned at reboot.

The default system logger is rsyslog, to inspect the persistent logs, try to locate files under /var/log/ directory.

# Kernel logs

To get the kernel logs use dmesg, the following asks for the last 100 log entries:

sudo dmesg | tail -n 100

# System logs with rsyslog

For further documentation on rsyslog see rsyslog guides

To list all system logs that were handled by rsyslog, and inspect current and previous boot logs:

ls -lha /var/log/syslog*

# System logs with systemd-journald

  • To get the system logs of the current boot:
sudo journalctl -b
  • To get the last 10 entries of system logs of the current boot:
sudo journalctl -b -n 10
  • To follow in realtime system logs of the current boot:
sudo journalctl -b -f
  • To check the logs of a Ionoid.io manager sealos-manager agent:
# examples
sudo journalctl -b -u sealos-manager
sudo journalctl -b -u sealos-manager-actions
  • To check the logs of your service or app, for example the hello-world app:
sudo journalctl -b -u hello-world

Have Questions?

We're always happy to help with IoT projects or other questions you might have! Check our documentation, contact our support team at support@ionoid.io, or our sales team sales@opendevices.io. You can also ask questions on our forums or open an issue on Github.