Netatalk is a freely-available Open Source AFP fileserver. A *NIX/*BSD system running Netatalk is capable of serving many Macintosh clients simultaneously as an AppleShare file server (AFP).

The suite contains:

  • netatalk – the main server service controller
  • afpd – the AFP file server daemin
  • cnid_metad – the CNID database multiplexing daemon
  • cnid_dbd – the CNID database daemon serving CNIDs for AFP volumes
  • various supporting programs and utilities

Summary of major new features and enhancements in 3.0

  • New ini style configuration file afp.conf which replaces all previous configuration files
  • New default AppleDouble backend using filesytem Extended Attributes, conversion from AppleDouble v2 is done automatically on access
  • New service controller process “netatalk” responsible for starting and restarting afpd and cnid_metad as necessary
  • AppleTalk support has been removed
  • Coherent cross-platform locking with Solaris CIFS server

Please make sure to read the upgrading section in the Netatalk online manual before trying to upgrade your system to 3.0!


Netatalk is a Free/Open Source Software project and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPLv2). The full license text is available at:

Changes in 3.0.8

  • FIX: dbd: remove orphaned ._ AppleDouble files. Bug #549.
  • FIX: afpd: Fix a crash in of_closefork(). Bug #551.
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