The Netatalk development team is proud to announce the latest release of the Netatalk 3.1 release series. Users are encourage to update their servers to the 3.1 release series which can be consideren stable enough for production systems.

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 3.1

Please refer to the online manual for details about compiling Netatalk with Spotlight support and how to configure:

Please make sure to read the upgrading section in the Netatalk online manual before trying to upgrade your system from version 2:


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 3.1.7

  • UPD: Spotlight: enhance behaviour for long running queries, client will now show “progress wheel” while waiting for first results.
  • FIX: netatalk: fix a crash on Solaris when registering with mDNS
  • FIX: netatalk: SIGHUP would kill the process instead of being resent to the other Netatalk processes, bug #579
  • FIX: afpd: Solaris locking problem, bug #559
  • FIX: Handling of malformed UTF8 strings, bug #524
  • FIX: afpd: umask handling, bug #576
  • FIX: Spotlight: Limiting searches to subfolders, bug #581
  • FIX: afpd: reloading logging config may result in privilege escalation in afpd processes
  • FIX: afpd: ACL related error messages, now logged with loglevel debug instead of error
  • FIX: cnid_metad: fix tsockfd_create() return value on error
  • FIX: CNID/MySQL: volume table name generation, bug #566.
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