is a portable implementation of the DHCPv6 server. It supports both stateful
(i.e. IPv6 address granting) and stateless (i.e. options granting)
autoconfiguration. There are ports available for Linux 2.4/2.6 systems
as well as MS Windows XP and 2003. They are freely available under
version 2 (or later) license.
[ run | start | stop | status | install | uninstall ]
- starts server in the console. Server can be closed using ctrl-c.
- starts server in daemon mode.
- stops running server.
- shows status of the server.
- installs server as a service. This is not implemented yet.
- uninstall server service. This is not implemented yet.
Let's assume simple case: server should provide clients located on the
eth1 link with IPv6 addresses from range 2000::100/120 and should have
preference set to 7:
Here is exmaple of server configured to work in a stateless mode
(i.e. only options, not addresses are served). If client support
option renewal, it should do so once in a 500 seconds:
All files are created in the /var/lib/dibbler directory. Dibbler
server reads /var/lib/dibbler/server.conf file. During operation,
Dibbler saves various file in that directory. Log file is named client.log.
This implementation aims at conformance to the following standards:
DHCP for IPv6
SIP options for DHCPv6
DNS server options for DHCPv6
NIS options for DHCPv6
Also options specified in following drafts are implemented:
NTP and timezone options.
Dibbler was developed as master thesis on the Technical University of
Gdansk by Tomasz Mrugalski and Marek Senderski. Currently Marek has
not enough free time, so this project is being developed by Tomasz
Mrugalski. Authors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and
There is dibbler-client(8) manual page. You are also advised to take a
look at project website located at
As far as authors know, this is the only Windows DHCPv6 stateful
implementation available. It is also one of two freely available under
Linux. The other Linux implementation is available at
but it is rather outdated and seems not being actively developed.