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hostapd - Man Page

IEEE 802.11 AP, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator

Examples (TL;DR)


hostapd [-hdBKtv] [-P <PID file>] <configuration file(s)>


This manual page documents briefly the hostapd daemon.

hostapd is a user space daemon for access point and authentication servers. It implements IEEE 802.11 access point management, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP Authenticators and RADIUS authentication server. The current version supports Linux (Host AP, mac80211-based drivers) and FreeBSD (net80211).

hostapd is designed to be a "daemon" program that runs in the background and acts as the backend component controlling authentication. hostapd supports separate frontend programs and an example text-based frontend, hostapd_cli, is included with hostapd.


A summary of options is included below. For a complete description, run hostapd from the command line.


Show usage.


Show more debug messages.


Show even more debug messages.


Run daemon in the background.

-P <PID file>

Path to PID file.


Include key data in debug messages.


Include timestamps in some debug messages.


Show hostapd version.

See Also



hostapd was written by Jouni Malinen <j@w1.fi>.

This manual page was written by Faidon Liambotis <faidon@cube.gr>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

Referenced By

hostapd_cli(1), hostapd.conf(5), hostapd_selinux(8), sslsplit(1).

April 7, 2005