kea-dhcp6 man page

kea-dhcp6 — DHCPv6 server in Kea


kea-dhcp6 [-v] [-V] [-W] [-d] [-c config-file] [-t config-file] [-p port-number]


The kea-dhcp6 daemon provides the DHCPv6 server implementation.


The arguments are as follows:


Display the version.


Display the extended version.


Display the configuration report.


Enable the debug mode with extra verbosity.


Configuration file including the configuration for DHCPv6 server. It may also contain configuration entries for other Kea services.


Check the configuration file and report the first error if any. Note that not all parameters are completely checked, in particular, service and control channel sockets are not opened, and hook libraries are not loaded.


Port number (1-65535) on which the server listens. This is useful for testing purposes only.


Kea comes with an extensive Kea User's Guide documentation that covers all aspects of running the Kea software - compilation, installation, configuration, configuration examples and many more. Kea also features a Kea Messages Manual, which lists all possible messages Kea can print with a brief description for each of them. Both documents are typically available in various formats (txt, html, pdf) with your Kea distribution. Kea user documentation is availalable on-line at .

Kea source code is documented in the Kea Developer's Guide. Its on-line version is available at

Kea project website is available at:

Mailing Lists and Support

There are two mailing lists available for Kea project. kea-users (kea-users at is intended for Kea users, while kea-dev (kea-dev at is intended for Kea developers, prospective contributors and other advanced users. Both lists are available at The community provides best effort type of support on both of those lists.

ISC provides professional support for Kea services. See for details.


The b10-dhcp6 daemon was first coded in June 2011 by Tomek Mrugalski.

Kea became a standalone server and the BIND10 framework was removed. The DHCPv6 server binary was renamed to kea-dhcp6 in July 2014.

See Also

kea-dhcp4(8), kea-dhcp-ddns(8), kea-ctrl-agent(8), kea-admin(8), keactrl(8), kea-netconf(8), perfdhcp(8), kea-lfc(8), Kea Administrator's Guide.


The Kea software has been written by a number of engineers working for ISC: Tomek Mrugalski, Stephen Morris, Marcin Siodelski, Thomas Markwalder, Francis Dupont, Jeremy C. Reed, Wlodek Wencel and Shawn Routhier. That list is roughly in the chronological order in which the authors made their first contribution. For a complete list of authors and contributors, see AUTHORS file.

Referenced By

kea-admin(8), keactrl(8), kea-ctrl-agent(8), kea-dhcp4(8), kea-dhcp-ddns(8), kea-lfc(8), perfdhcp(8).

Nov 30, 2018 ISC Kea 1.5.0-beta2