MIT Kerberos Documentation

Contributing to the MIT Kerberos Documentation

We are looking for documentation writers and editors who could contribute towards improving the MIT KC documentation content. If you are an experienced Kerberos developer and/or administrator, please consider sharing your knowledge and experience with the Kerberos Community. You can suggest your own topic or write about any of the topics listed here.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on the existing documents, please send your feedback via email to The HTML version of this documentation has a “FEEDBACK” link to the email address with a pre-constructed subject line.


Starting with release 1.11, the Kerberos documentation set is unified in a central form. Man pages, HTML documentation, and PDF documents are compiled from reStructuredText sources, and the application developer documentation incorporates Doxygen markup from the source tree. This project was undertaken along the outline described here.

Previous versions of Kerberos 5 attempted to maintain separate documentation in the texinfo format, with separate groff manual pages. Having the API documentation disjoint from the source code implementing that API resulted in the documentation becoming stale, and over time the documentation ceased to match reality. With a fresh start and a source format that is easier to use and maintain, reStructuredText-based documents should provide an improved experience for the user. Consolidating all the documentation formats into a single source document makes the documentation set easier to maintain.