The iperf3 project is hosted on GitHub at:
This site includes the source code repository, issue tracker, and wiki.
The developer list for iperf3 is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on joining the mailing list can be found at:
There is, at the moment, no mailing list for user questions, although a low volume of inquiries on the developer list is probably acceptable. If necessary, a user-oriented mailing list might be created in the future.
Before submitting a bug report, try checking out the latest version of the code, and confirm that it’s not already fixed. Also see the iperf3 FAQ. Then submit to the iperf3 issue tracker on GitHub:
Note: Issues submitted to the old iperf3 issue tracker on Google Code (or comments to existing issues on the Google Code issue tracker) will be ignored.
New options (not necessarily complete, please refer to the manual page for a complete list of iperf3 options):
-V, --verbose more detailed output than before -J, --json output in JSON format -Z, --zerocopy use a 'zero copy' sendfile() method of sending data -O, --omit N omit the first n seconds (to ignore slowstart) -T, --title str prefix every output line with this string -F, --file name xmit/recv the specified file -A, --affinity n/n,m set CPU affinity (Linux and FreeBSD only) -k, --blockcount #[KMG] number of blocks (packets) to transmit (instead of -t or -n) -L, --flowlabel set IPv6 flow label (Linux only)
-C, --linux-congestion set congestion control algorithm (Linux only) (-Z in iperf2)
Deprecated flags (currently no plans to support):
-d, --dualtest Do a bidirectional test simultaneously -r, --tradeoff Do a bidirectional test individually -T, --ttl time-to-live, for multicast (default 1) -x, --reportexclude [CDMSV] exclude C(connection) D(data) M(multicast) S(settings) V(server) reports -y, --reportstyle C report as a Comma-Separated Values
Also deprecated is the ability to set the options via environment variables.
The following problems are notable known issues, which are probably of interest to a large fraction of users or have high impact for some users, and for which issues have already been filed in the issue tracker. These issues are either open (indicating no solution currently exists) or closed with the notation that no further attempts to solve the problem are currently being made:
-Zflag sometimes causes the iperf3 client to hang on OSX. (Issue #129)
-wflag on Linux, the Linux kernel automatically doubles the value passed in to compensate for overheads. (This can be observed by using iperf3’s
--debugflag.) However, CWND does not actually ramp up to the doubled value, but only to about 75% of the doubled value. Some part of this behavior is documented in the tcp(7) manual page.
-wflag is documented as setting the (TCP) window size, it is also used to set the socket buffer size. This has been shown to be helpful with high-bitrate UDP tests.
ldconfigmanually after doing a
make installbefore the
iperf3executable can find its shared library. (Issue #153)
There are, of course, many other open and closed issues in the issue tracker.
iperf3 version numbers use (roughly) a Semantic Versioning scheme, in which version numbers consist of three parts: MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH
The developers increment the:
RELEASE_NOTES files to be accurate. Make sure
that the “Known Issues” section of the
README file is up to date.
Compose a release announcement. Most of the release announcement can be written before tagging. Usually the previous version’s announcement can be used as a starting point.
Preferably starting from a clean source tree (be sure that
status emits no output), make the changes necessary to produce
the new version, such as bumping version numbers:
vi RELEASE_NOTES # update version number and release date vi configure.ac # update version parameter in AC_INIT vi src/iperf3.1 # update manpage revision date if needed vi src/libiperf.3 # update manpage revision date if needed git commit -a # commit changes to the local repository only ./bootstrap.sh # regenerate configure script, etc. git commit -a # commit changes to the local repository only # Assuming that $VERSION is the version number to be released... ./make_release tag $VERSION # this creates a tag in the local repo ./make_release tar $VERSION # create tarball and compute SHA256 hash
These steps should be done on a platform with a relatively recent version of autotools / libtools. Examples are MacOS / MacPorts or FreeBSD. The versions of these tools in CentOS 6 are somewhat older and probably should be avoided.
The result will be a release artifact that should be used for pre-testing.
Stage the tarball (and a file containing the SHA256 hash) to the
download site. Currently this is located on
From another host, test the link in the release announcement by downloading a fresh copy of the file and verifying the SHA256 checksum. Checking all other links in the release announcement is strongly recommended as well.
Also verify (with file(1)) that the tarball is actually a gzipped tarball.
For extra points, actually try downloading, compiling, and smoke-testing the results of the tarball on all supported platforms.
Plug the SHA256 checksum into the release announcement.
PGP-sign the release announcement text using
The signed announcement will be sent out in a subsequent emails,
but could also be archived. Decoupling the signing from emailing
allows a signed release announcement to be resent via email or sent
by other, non-email means.
At this point, the release can and should be considered finalized. To commit the release-engineering-related changes to GitHub and make them public, push them out thusly:
git push # Push version changes git push --tags # Push the new tag to the GitHub repo
Send the PGP-signed release announcement to the following addresses. Remember to turn off signing in the MUA, if applicable. Remember to check the source address when posting to lists, as “closed” list will reject posting from all from registered email addresses.
Note: Thunderbird sometimes mangles the PGP-signed release announcement so that it does not verify correctly. This could be due to Thunderbird trying to wrap the length of extremely long lines (such as the SHA256 hash). Apple Mail and mutt seem to handle this situation correctly. Testing the release announcement sending process by sending a copy to oneself first and attempting to verify the signature is highly encouraged.
Update the iperf3 Project News section of the documentation site
to announce the new release (see
docs/conf.py in the source tree) and deploy a new build of the
documentation to GitHub Pages.
If an update to the on-line manual page is needed, it can be
generated with this sequence of commands (tested on CentOS 7) and
import the result into
TERM= export TERM nroff -Tascii -c -man src/iperf3.1 | ul | sed 's/^/ /' > iperf3.txt