Netatalk 2.1

The Netatalk development team is proud to announce version 2.1 of the Netatalk File Sharing suite. This is the latest stable version.

Netatalk is a collection of server programs and utilities for handling various protocols employed by Apple Macintosh computers on Unix compatible systems. This allows Unix hosts to act as file, print, and time servers for Apple Macintosh (classic MacOS as well as MacOS X) computers.

The suite contains:

Netatalk is a Free/Open Source Software project and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Please see

for the full license text.


Netatalk 2.1 is a minor upgrade highlighting the following new features and changes:

Protocol level:




Upgrading from a 2.0 version

2.1 and 2.0 filenames encoding and adouble headers are compatible thus it's possible to upgrade and downgrade between 2.0 and 2.1, you may have to upgrade/downgrade (or delete) your .AppleDB folders in case the bdb versions differ.


BerkeleyDB >= 4.6


New default:

New options:


Removed options:


New defaults:

New options:

Removed options:


Set default options via a :DEFAULT: line: "upriv" and "usedots".

New options:

Removed options:

Best Practices

Use a separate user group for cnid_dbd daemons:

   cnid_metad -u afpd -g afpd

All CNID databases in the same directory:

afpd or cnid_metad will create the substituded subdirectory ($v is replaced by the volume name)

Changes in 2.1 since 2.1-beta2

Changes in 2.1-beta2 since 2.1-beta1

Detailes list of changes in 2.1-beta1

Supported Platforms

As of Netatalk 2.1 the following operating systems are supported:

Netatalk may compile and run on other operating systems as well, but it is not well-tested on those. We welcome patches and suggestions for enhancing the portability of Netatalk as well as success and failure stories. Please write to [email protected].


Netatalk tar-balls can be found at:

Netatalk is also available via anonymous CVS. See the SourceForge project site for anonymous CVS instructions.


For more information about Netatalk, see its web page at:

The project is hosted at SourceForge. The SourceForge project page is located at:

The Netatalk development team can be reached via the mailing list [email protected]. For subscription information and archives see Netatalk's SourceForge project page.

[email protected] is a mailing list for Netatalk system administrators. For subscription information and archives see the Netatalk web page.


We would like to thank all contributors to the Netatalk project for their commitment. Without the many suggestions, bug and problem reports, patches, and reviews this project wouldn't be where it is.