- Start an access point:
sudo hostapd path/to/hostapd.conf
- Start an access point, forking into the background:
sudo hostapd -B path/to/hostapd.conf
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 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.
hostapd was written by Jouni Malinen <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
This manual page was written by Faidon Liambotis <email@example.com>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).
hostapd_cli(1), hostapd.conf(5), hostapd_selinux(8), sslsplit(1).