Comparison of DHCP server software

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The following comparison of DHCP and DHCPv6 server compares general and technical information for a number of DHCP server software programs.

General[edit]

Name Author First public release latest stable version Cost Software license Written in
dhcpy6d[dh 1] Henri Wahl (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden) 2012 18 June 2018; 2 months ago (2018-06-18) free software GPLv2 Python
dibbler[di 1] Tomasz Mrugalski and Marek Senderski 2004 1 August 2015; 3 years ago (2015-08-01) free software GPL C, C++, Shell[di 2]
dnsmasq Simon Kelley 2001 2.78 (October 2, 2017; 10 months ago (2017-10-02)) [±][1] free software GPLv2 or GPLv3 C
ISC DHCP Internet Systems Consortium 1999 Extended Support Version: 4.1-ESV-R15 (July 31, 2017; 12 months ago (2017-07-31)) [±][2]

Current-stable: 4.4.1 (February 27, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-02-27)) [±][3] [4]

free software ISC License MPL 2.0 for ver 4.4.x C
FreeRADIUS[freeradius 1] FreeRADIUS Development Team 2012 (First stable release including DHCPv4 support) FreeRADIUS 3.0.17[5] (April 18, 2018; 4 months ago (2018-04-18)[6]) [±] free software GPLv2 C
Jagornet DHCP[jag 1] Jagornet Technologies (A. Gregory Rabil) 2011 2.0.0 (October 29, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-10-29)) free software GPLv3 Java
Kea DHCP[kea 1] Internet Systems Consortium 2014 Kea 1.4 [7] free software MPL 2.0 C++
udhcpd Matthew Ramsay 1999 busybox 1.29.2 (July 31, 2018; 36 days ago (2018-07-31)) [±][8] free software GNU GPLv2 only C
WIDE-DHCPv6[wi 1] KAME project ? 20080615 (15 June 2008; 10 years ago (2008-06-15)) free software BSD License C, shell

Operating system requirement[edit]

In this overview of operating system support for the discussed DHCP server, the following terms indicate the level of support:

  • No indicates that it does not exist or was never released.
  • Partial indicates that while it works, the server lacks important functionality compared to versions for other OSs; it is still being developed however.
  • Beta indicates that while a version is fully functional and has been released, it is still in development (e.g. for stability).
  • Yes indicates that it has been officially released in a fully functional, stable version.
  • Included indicates that the server comes pre-packaged with or has been integrated into the operating system.

This compilation is not exhaustive, but rather reflects the most common platforms today.

Server BSD Solaris Linux Mac OS X Windows
dhcpy6d Yes ? Yes Yes No
dibbler Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
dnsmasq Yes No Yes Yes No
ISC DHCP Yes Yes Yes No No
FreeRADIUS Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Jagornet DHCP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kea DHCP Yes No Yes Yes No
udhcpd Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WIDE-DHCPv6 Yes ? Yes ? No

Feature Matrix[edit]

Server BOOTP DHCP DHCPv6 other interface load-balancing failover
dhcpy6d No No Yes ? ? ? ?
dibbler No No Yes ? ? ? ?
dnsmasq Yes Yes Yes PXE, TFTP ? No No
ISC DHCP Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes
FreeRADIUS ? Yes No ? ? ? ?
Jagornet DHCP Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
Kea DHCP Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes
udhcpd Yes Yes No ? ? ? ?
WIDE-DHCPv6 No No Yes ? ? ? ?

RFC Matrix[edit]

Server RFC 951 RFC 1534 RFC 1542 RFC 2131 RFC 2132 RFC 3046 RFC 3315 RFC 3319 RFC 3633 RFC 3646 RFC 3736 RFC 3942 RFC 4242 RFC 4361 RFC 4436 RFC 5007 RFC 6221 RFC 6939
dhcpy6d ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Supports using the mac address on local/non-relayed requests as the identifier
dibbler ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Dnsmasq ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ISC DHCP ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? v4.3 and later
FreeRADIUS ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Jagornet DHCP Yes Yes Yes Partial ? Yes Partial ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Kea DHCP ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
udhcpd ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
WIDE DHCPv6 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

  1. ^ Kelley, Simon (2 Oct 2017). "Announce: dnsmasq-2.78". Dnsmasq-discuss (Mailing list). 
  2. ^ "DHCP 4.1-ESV-R15 Release Notes". 2017-07-31. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  3. ^ "DHCP 4.4.1 Release Notes". 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Downloads; Internet Systems Consortium". isc.org. Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Releases". Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "FreeRADIUS - Release Notes". FreeRADIUS. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Kea development wiki page". kea.isc.org. Internet Systems Consortium. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "Announce 1.29.2". Retrieved 2018-08-14. 

FreeRADIUS[edit]

  1. ^ "DHCP". www.freeradius.org. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

Jagornet DHCP[edit]

  1. ^ "Jagornet DHCP". www.jagornet.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

Kea DHCP[edit]

  1. ^ "Kea Development". kea.isc.org. 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 

dhcpy6d[edit]

  1. ^ "dhcpy6d :: Home". ifw-dresden.de. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

dibbler[edit]

  1. ^ "DHCPv6: Dibbler - a portable DHCPv6". klub.com.pl. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. ^ "tomaszmrugalski/dibbler · GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

WIDE DHCPD[edit]

  1. ^ "WIDE-DHCPv6". sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2014-06-01.