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netatalk is an implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suite for Unix systems. It contains support for EtherTalk Phase I and II, AppleShare over IP, DDP, RTMP, NBP, ZIP, AEP, ATP, PAP, ASP, and AFP. It provides Appletalk file, printing, and routing services on Solaris 2.5, Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, SunOS 4.1, Mac OS X, and Ultrix 4.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  19 Mar 2013 08:02

    Release Notes: The file extension type/creator mapping in afpd that was removed in 3.0 was replaced. Problems with volumes and home shares with symlinks in the path were fixed. A bug where copying packages to a Netatalk share could fail was fixed. Reloading of volumes from the config file was fixed. A length limitation of options like "valid users" was removed. The TimeMachine volume used size FCE event was removed. Quoting support was added to the [in]valid users option. A working PAM configuration was provided for Solaris 11.

    •  01 Nov 2011 07:41

      Release Notes: AFP 3.3 support (necessary for Time Machine and Lion), robust network disconnect/reconnect, which is especially important for Time Machine, support for fast AFP searches (CNID backend "dbd" only), POSIX draft 1e ACL support, a complete Netatalk volume compatible ad file utility suite, dynamic filesystem cache, built-in Zeroconf registration of the AFP server and Time Machine volumes, and support for ACLs without a common Directory Service between the server and client.

      •  18 May 2005 10:38

        Release Notes: Several minor bugs were fixed.

        •  04 Jan 2005 01:16

          Release Notes: A new utility was added to check the CNID databases for consistency. A bug causing file save problems from Office was fixed. Various other minor bugs were fixed as well.

          •  28 Oct 2004 14:47

            Release Notes: A symlink attack vulnerability in the script was fixed. A bug with default CREATOR/TYPE handling that caused the type/creator mappings in AppleVolumes.system to be ignored, causing problems with OS 9 clients was fixed.

            Recent comments

            02 Jan 2002 05:39 barton

            Netatalk 1.5 released
            Starting with version 1.5pre7, Netatalk is now licensed under the GNU
            General Public License (GPL), which is used by many Open Source/Free Software projects as their license of choice. We chose this license to allow us to develop Netatalk as freely as possible and to ensure that
            Netatalk will stay free in the future.

            Netatalk now makes use of the GNU autotools (autoconf, automake, and
            libtool) for building. This increases the portability of Netatalk as well
            as the flexibility of the build system, and helps make the whole build
            process more transparent. Ports to new platforms and enhancement to the source code can now be handled much easier.

            Netatalk 1.5 features a new experimental DID tracking system, based on Berkeley DB3 files. The scheme, known as CNID-DB, is intended to end various problems concerning aliases and disappearing files encountered in earlier versions of Netatalk. This new DID scheme is scheduled to become the default DID in future Netatalk versions.


            Netatalk tar-balls can be found at (
            Binaries for Debian GNU/Linux will be added to the unstable distribution soon and will be available at every Debian non-US mirror. Binaries for other operating systems will be made available at the SourceForge site ( as time permits.

            08 Nov 2000 16:00 rufustfirefly

            Netatalk on Sourceforge
            For those who don't know yet, netatalk and atalkconf are both in CVS on sourceforge. (

            22 Feb 2000 00:43 lindner

            asun patches have been moved
            Adrian Sun's much appreciated patches have apparently been moved to (


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