PyBootd 1.5.0 Beta

PyBootd is a daemon supporting a subset of the BOOTP, PXE, DHCP and TFTP protocols, with some handy extensions.

One of its main goals is to provide a simple solution to boot up any PXE-enabled personal computer, with no other tool required but a standard Python installation.

Pybootd can be used for any network boot up, or to install an OS without any physical support such as a USB key or a CD/DVD.Permissions

- DHCP protocol requires the daemon to listen on port 67.
- TFTP protocol requires the daemon to listen on port 69.

As these ports are within the server's range (< 1024), the superuser privileges are required on Unix hosts (Linux, Mac OS X, ...) to start up these daemons.

Main features:

  • Access control:
  • None (any remote host can be served)
  • MAC address ACL
  • UUID based ACL - requires PXE protocol
  • HTTP forwarding - authorization is delegated to a remote server using simple HTTP GET requests
  • Local or remote file serving:
  • For example, it is possible to boot up a full Debian system directly from the Internet, without storing any file on the pybootd host machine
  • Network notification of client requests through UDP messages
  • File name translation
  • Files requested from TFTP clients can be filtered and transformed into local filenames using filters
  • It is possible to use pybootd with only one of the services, either TFTP or DHCP

last updated on:
May 23rd, 2011, 13:46 GMT
license type:
LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License) 
developed by:
Emmanuel Blot
ROOT \ System \ Networking
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