mc support inspect

SUBNET Registration Required

The mc support commands are designed for MinIO deployments registered with MinIO SUBNET to ensure optimal outcome of diagnostics and performance testing. Deployments not registered with SUBNET cannot use the mc support commands.


The mc support inspect command collects the data and metadata associated to objects at the specified path.

MinIO assembles this data from each backend drive storing an erasure shard for each specified object. The command produces an encrypted zip file that includes all matching files with their respective host+drive+path.

If this information is required to diagnose a MinIO SUBNET issue, MinIO Engineering will provide the appropriate command. The resulting report is intended for use by MinIO Engineering via SUBNET and may contain internal or private data points associated to the object. Exercise caution before sending a report to a third party or posting the report in a public forum.

Changed in version RELEASE.2023-01-11T03-14-16Z: The file uploads to MinIO for use by the engineering team in support efforts. The file saves the the current working directory in the event the file does not successfully upload (such as in an airgapped environment).

Changed in version RELEASE.2022-12-12T19-27-27Z: When writing the zip archive, MinIO also encrypts the zip index of file names included in the archive.


mc support inspect requires a MinIO deployment server from October 2021 or later.


The command supports wildcard * pattern matching for prefixes or objects when using the Bash shell. For non-Bash shells, a message displays indicating that wildcard patterns are only supported in Bash.

mc support inspect ALIAS/bucket/path/**/xl.meta

This command collects all xl.meta associated to objects at ALIAS/bucket/path/.


Download Metadata for an Object

You can download the metadata for an object. Metadata stores in an xl.meta binary file.

The following command downloads the xl.meta from mybucket/myobject on the minio1 deployment.

The file downloads from all drives as a zip archive file.

mc support inspect minio1/mybucket/myobject/xl.meta

The contents of the xl.meta file are not human readable. You can convert the contents of an xl.meta file to JSON format.

Download All Objects at a Prefix Recursively

The following command downloads all objects recursively found at a prefix.


This can be an expensive operation. Proceed with caution.

mc support inspect minio1/mybucket/myobject/**


The command has the following syntax:

mc [GLOBALFLAGS] support inspect       \
                         [--legacy]   \



Use the older method of exporting inspection data, which does not encrypt data by default.


The path to the location or object to inspect. The path should include the alias <alias> of the MinIO deployment and, if needed, the prefix and/or object name.

Global Flags

This command supports any of the global flags.