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.TH HOSTAPD 8 "April 7, 2005" hostapd hostapd
hostapd \- IEEE 802.11 AP, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator
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[\-hdBKtv] [\-P <PID file>] <configuration file(s)>
This manual page documents briefly the
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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, madwifi, mac80211-based drivers) and FreeBSD (net80211).
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is designed to be a "daemon" program that runs in the background and acts as the backend component controlling authentication.
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supports separate frontend programs and an example text-based frontend,
.BR hostapd_cli ,
is included with
.BR hostapd .
A summary of options is included below.
For a complete description, run
.BR hostapd
from the command line.
.B \-h
Show usage.
.B \-d
Show more debug messages.
.B \-dd
Show even more debug messages.
.B \-B
Run daemon in the background.
.B \-P <PID file>
Path to PID file.
.B \-K
Include key data in debug messages.
.B \-t
Include timestamps in some debug messages.
.B \-v
Show hostapd version.
.BR hostapd_cli (1).
hostapd was written by Jouni Malinen <>.
This manual page was written by Faidon Liambotis <>,
for the Debian project (but may be used by others).