Hardware may refer to:

  • Household hardware, equipment such as keys, locks, hinges, latches, handles, wire, chains, plumbing, tools, utensils, and machine parts, typically sold in hardware stores
  • Hardware store, a business which sells household hardware
  • Builders' hardware, for doors, cabinets, windows, bathrooms, etc.
  • Drum hardware, the parts of a drum or drum kit that are used to tension, position, and otherwise support the instruments themselves
  • Music hardware, mechanical or electronic devices, other than instruments, constructed to create or aid in the creation of musical sounds


  • Personal computer hardware, the component devices of a personal computer
  • Computer hardware, the collection of physical elements that comprise a computer system
  • Graphics hardware, computer hardware that enables computers to produce and show computer graphics
  • Networking hardware, devices facilitating the use of a computer network
  • Open-source hardware, physical artifacts of technology designed and offered in the same manner as free and open source software
  • Electronic hardware, interconnected electronic components
  • Electronic component, a basic electronic element
  • Digital electronics, the hardware used by digital computer systems that can be controlled by software
  • Hardware architecture, the identification of a system's physical components and their interrelationships
  • Hardware logic, a differentiation of data processing circuitry from other more generalized eleconic circuitry


  • Hardware (album), a studio album by the heavy metal band Krokus
  • Hardware (band), a supergroup consisting of Bootsy Collins, Buddy Miles, and Stevie Salas
  • Hardware (comics), a character from Milestone Comics
  • Hardware (development cooperation), one aspect of technology transfer
  • Hardware (film), a 1990 film
  • Hardware (TV series), a British situation comedy
  • Hardware, Virginia, an unincorporated community in Fluvanna County, in the U.S. state of Virginia

another name or slang for:

  • Military technology
  • Medals
  • Trophies

Famous quotes containing the word hardware:

    A friend of mine spoke of books that are dedicated like this: “To my wife, by whose helpful criticism ...” and so on. He said the dedication should really read: “To my wife. If it had not been for her continual criticism and persistent nagging doubt as to my ability, this book would have appeared in Harper’s instead of The Hardware Age.”
    Brenda Ueland (1891–1985)