Configuring ISC-DHCP for IPAM


This module is made to work with ISC-DHCP-server package (previously named dhcp3-server ) from

Once you setup at least one DHCP app you will be able to assign it to IP lists in IPAM. This will allow you to automatically update DHCP server configuration on changes to IP MAC field.

App configuration

Fill in the configuration fields:

  • Hostname - your server IP address or hostname.
  • SSH Port - port used for SSH connection, if left empty we will use default port (22).
  • Username - user that will be used to carry out configuration updates.
  • SSH Key location - path to your private key used for SSH authorization.
  • Restart command - command used to reload DHCP configuration. It will be different depending on your server version and OS.
  • Configuration mode:
    • Dedicated files - settings will be written to path specified in configuration, overwriting previous files. You are expected to include those files in your DHCP configuration. 
    • Injected configuration - files specified in configuration will be updated, DHCP settings will be injected between special comment tags bof:ipam-v4 and eof:ipam-v4 for IPv4 and bof:ipam-v6 and eof:ipam-v6 for IPv6.
  • DHCPDv4 Configuration file - path to the file with IPv4 configuration, eg. /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf
  • DHCPDv6 Configuration file - path to the file with IPv6 configuration, eg. /etc/dhcp/dhcpd6.conf

User used for SSH connection will require permissions to write the selected files and to execute restart command.

You will need to specify at least one configuration file per app, both IPv4 and IPv6 files are not required.

Authentication Issue with SSH Keys

Users have reported difficulties authenticating with SSH keys that are functional via the SSH. If you encounter this issue, consider changing your key type to ECDSA, as it has resolved the problem for many.

Dedicated files

This example shows how to setup DHCP configuration in two files. New configuration will be uploaded to path specified in DHCPDv4 Configuration file. You will need to include that file in your main configuration file.

If you setup your app to save configuration in /etc/dhcp/ipam.conf

subnet netmask {

#generated by IPAM
include "/etc/dhcp/ipam.conf";


Injected configuration

This example shows how to setup your server configuration if you want to use inject method. This will require you to include special comments in your configuration file.

For IPv4 you need to open your block with #bof:ipam-v4 and end it with #eof:ipam-v4

Similar for IPv6 you need to open your block with #bof:ipam-v6 and end it with #eof:ipam-v6

subnet netmask {

#generated by IPAM
host     { hardware ethernet 02:31:0F:D9:3C:E3; fixed-address; }
host v1.proxmox.local   { hardware ethernet 2A:D7:F7:64:E2:E4; fixed-address; }
host addr8293           { hardware ethernet AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:F3; fixed-address; }


Assigning DHCP app to IP list

Once your app is configured you will be able to assign it to the IPAM list. To do that navigate to list details and click on the pencil icon. Under DHCP select desired app and save.

DHCP server configuration will be updated with all IPs that have a MAC address and are included in list/sublist assigned with related app.