Cinv was formerly known under name the of sexy.


Cinv is the Swiss Army Knife for inventory management. It allows you to manage hosts and network with a simple command line interface.

Cinv stores inventory information in a cconfig database and adapts to your environment by supporting custom backends.

In short, cinv can create and remove hosts and configure networks - depending on your backend this means:

  • cinv manages Virtual Machines
  • cinv generates IPv4 address allocation (DHCP)
  • cinv sets up your domain name system (DNS)


The release process for cinv version 2.0 has started and is planned to happen in November 2012.


Download cinv from git (gitweb):

% git clone git://

Afterwards ensure that the bin directory is in your PATH and that you have python3 installed:

% which python3
% cd cinv
% export PATH=$PATH:$(pwd -P)/bin

Now you should be able to display the current cinv version:

% cinv -V
cinv 1.9.11-1-g837532c


  • git:// (github)



You can join the development IRC channel #cstar on