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dhcpjs provides native DHCP support in Node.js.


Currently, this project just provides simple client and server protocol APIs which allow an application to consume DHCP messages broadcast to the network as JS objects.

The module can be used to sniff DHCP traffic, and a skeleton client example is provided to show how the module can be used to build a full DHCP client.

In the future, a full DHCP client and/or server may be implemented as a separate module with a dependency on this one. In addition, I am interested in creating a DHCP fuzzer and mis-behaved clients to help with testing servers and DoS scenarios.


var util = require('util');
var dhcpjs = require('dhcpjs');
var server = dhcpjs.createServer();
server.on('message', function(m) {
    console.log(util.inspect(m, false, 3));
server.on('listening', function(address) {
    console.log('listening on ' + address);

The example must be executed as root because it binds to port 67. The same example code also works with the createClient() function which binds to port 68. To run:

sudo node example.js

When a DHCP message is received, output similar to this will be printed:

{ op: { value: 1, name: 'BOOTPREQUEST' },
  hlen: 6,
  hops: 0,
  xid: 2078975723,
  secs: 0,
  flags: 0,
  ciaddr: '',
  yiaddr: undefined,
  siaddr: undefined,
  giaddr: undefined,
   { type: { value: 1, name: 'HW_ETHERNET' },
     address: '00:23:4e:ff:ff:ff' },
  sname: '',
  file: '',
  magic: 1669485411,
   { dhcpMessageType: { value: 3, name: 'DHCPREQUEST' },
      { type: { value: 1, name: 'HW_ETHERNET' },
        address: '00:23:4e:ff:ff:ff' },
     hostName: 'IDEAPAD',
     fullyQualifiedDomainName: { flags: 0, name: 'IDEAPAD.' },
     vendorClassIdentifier: 'MSFT 5.0',
     parameterRequestList: [ 1, 15, 3, 6, 44, 46, 47, 31, 33, 249, 43 ],
     vendorOptions: { '220': <Buffer 00> } } }

To see the skeleton DHCP client operate, edit example-client.js and modify the ethernet address and client identifier to match those on your computer. Run:

sudo node example-client.js

This will send a DHCPDISCOVER packet to the network and any proper DHCP server will respond with a DHCPOFFER packet that will be printed to the console.


npm install dhcpjs


This module is released under the MIT license.