HOSTAPD(8)                          hostapd                         HOSTAPD(8)

       hostapd - IEEE 802.11 AP, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator

       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.

       -h     Show usage.

       -d     Show more debug messages.

       -dd    Show even more debug messages.

       -B     Run daemon in the background.

       -P <PID file>
              Path to PID file.

       -K     Include key data in debug messages.

       -t     Include timestamps in some debug messages.

       -v     Show hostapd version.


       hostapd was written by Jouni Malinen <>.

       This manual page was written by Faidon Liambotis <>, for
       the Debian project (but may be used by others).

hostapd                         April  7, 2005                      HOSTAPD(8)