Quagga (software)

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Quagga Routing Suite
Final release
1.2.4[1] / February 19, 2018 (2018-02-19)
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
PredecessorGNU Zebra
LicenseGNU General Public License v2

Quagga is a network routing software suite providing implementations of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and IS-IS for Unix-like platforms, particularly Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD and NetBSD.[2][3]

Quagga is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2 (GPL2).

In April 2017, FRRouting forked from Quagga aiming for a more open and faster development.[4]


The project takes its name from the quagga, an extinct sub-species of the African zebra. Quagga is a fork of the GNU Zebra project which was developed by Kunihiro Ishiguro and which was discontinued in 2005. The Quagga tree aims to build a more involved community for Quagga than the centralized development-model which GNU Zebra followed.


The Quagga architecture consists of a core daemon (zebra) which is an abstraction layer to the underlying Unix kernel and presents the Zserv API over a Unix-domain socket or TCP socket to Quagga clients. The Zserv clients typically implement a routing protocol and communicate routing updates to the zebra daemon. Existing Zserv clients are:

Additionally, the Quagga architecture has a rich development library to facilitate the implementation of protocol and client software with consistent configuration and administrative behavior.

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  1. ^ (quagga-dev 16709) Quagga 1.2.4 released
  2. ^ Benedikt Stockebrand. IPv6 in practice. Springer.
  3. ^ Schroder, Carla (2007). Linux Networking Cookbook. O'Reilly. pp. 173–203. ISBN 978-0-596-10248-7.
  4. ^ Zemlin, Jim (2017-04-03). "Welcoming FRRouting to The Linux Foundation". Linux.com. Retrieved 2018-06-30.

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