kea-dhcp6 - Man Page

DHCPv6 server in Kea


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


The kea-dhcp6 daemon provides the DHCPv6 server implementation.


The arguments are as follows:


Displays the version.


Displays the extended version.


Displays the configuration report.


Enables the debug mode with extra verbosity.

-c config-file

Specifies the configuration file with the configuration for the DHCPv6 server. It may also contain configuration entries for other Kea services.

-t config-file

Checks the configuration file and reports 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.

-p server-port-number

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

-P client-port-number

Specifies the client port number (1-65535) to which the server responds. This is useful for testing purposes only.


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

Kea became a standalone server and the BIND 10 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), perfdhcp(8), kea-netconf(8), kea-lfc(8), Kea Administrator Reference Manual.


Internet Systems Consortium

Referenced By

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

Sep 14, 2021 1.9.8 Kea