Developer resources

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This page lists resources that developers use on a regular basis. One goal of the page is to help those beginning to track the project know what they may be interested in looking at.


  • Building Kerberos V5 describes how to build and install MIT Kerberos.
  • The documentation site contains administrator and user documentation, and some information for developers; this documentation can help in understanding the product.
  • The Glossary is a quick index of acronyms and terms related to Kerberos, which you may come across while reading the code.
  • Plugin development notes, pointers, tips, etc (needed!)

Mailing lists

Much of the discussion of new proposals, discussion of what direction to take the product and answering of questions takes place on mailing lists.

  • krbdev@mit.edu is the primary list for developers of MIT Kerberos.
  • kfwdev@mit.edu serves a similar purpose for Kerberos for Windows.
  • cvs-krb5@mit.edu receives all krb5 commit messages and allows developers to track all changes made to MIT Kerberos.
  • krb5-appl-commits@mit.edu receives all krb5-appl commit messages and allows developers to track all changes made to the MIT Kerberos applications.
  • krb5-bugs@mit.edu is notified when a ticket is created or updated. This list helps track bugs and feature requests.
  • krbcore@mit.edu is a private list for Krbcore; send mail to this list if you need to contact the core team.
  • krbcore-security@mit.edu is the point of contact for security problems with MIT Kerberos.

Source code

Bug tracking

  • http://krbdev.mit.edu/rt/ is the interface to the bug tracking server.
  • Log in with user name guest and password guest. (or use the guest login button)
  • See doc/procedures.txt (raw | annotated | history) for some information on bug states.

Instant messaging

Developer chat


You may find relevant accumulated lore in Category:Lore.

For committers

If you're a committer, you should also look at committer resources for additional information.