Install dhcpcanon

The recommended way to install dhcpcanon is with your package source distribution, as it will also install other system files.

Currently is availabe for Debian unstable/testing. It can be installed with a package manager or in command line:

sudo apt install dhcpcanon

The main script will be installed in /sbin/dhcpcanon, a systemd service will be enabled and run by default, so there is no need to run anything manually.

Important: when running dhcpcanon the hardware address (MAC) should be randomized. You can use macchanger, macouflage or other.

Installation from source code in Debian/Ubuntu

In case you would like to have a newer version or it is not packaged for your distribution, you can install it from the source code.

Install system dependencies, in Debian/Ubuntu:

sudo apt install python3-dev

Obtain the source code:

git clone

Install dhcpcanon and system files:

sudo ./

for advanced users

Follow the two first steps in the previous paragraph.

To install dhcpcanon and the systemd service:

sudo make install WITH_SYSTEMD=true

In Debian this will install all the required files under /usr/local. WITH_SYSTEMD will install a systemd service and enable it, to run it:

systemctl start dhcpcanon

It’s possible to also install support for udev:

sudo apt install sudo make install WITH_SYSTEMD=true
sudo make install WITH_SYSTEMD=true WITH_SYSTEMD_UDEV=true

And apparmor profile:

sudo apt install apparmor
sudo make install WITH_APPARMOR=true

In the case that you would like to install without root privileges, you can install it without the systemd service and you can specify an alternative location, for instance:

make --prefix=/home/user/.local install

Note however that without systemd dhcpcanon will need to be run with root privileges, while the systemd service drop dhcpcanon root privileges and only keeps the required network capabilities.

You would also need to install resolvconf-admin to be able to run it as non root user and set up DNS servers provided by the DHCP server. It will be possible to set up DNS servers with systemd too soon.

An alternative to do not run dhcpcanon with root privileges nor systemd, is to use ambient-rs wrapper and run:

RUST_BACKTRACE=1 ./target/debug/ambient \
/usr/bin/python3 -m dhcpcanon.dhcpcanon -v

Installation with pip

The pip package does not install either system files and it can be installed without root, but it still needs to be run as root, as commented in the last section.:

pip3 install dhcpcanon

In Debian this will install the files in /home/youruser/.local Note also that if you install it in a virtualenv, when executing dhcpcanon with sudo, won’t use the virtualenv. To keep the virtualenv run it with:

sudo /pathtovirtualenv/bin/dhcpcanon

Installation for developers

It is recommended to install dhcpcanon in a python virtual environment.

Check In Debian:

sudo apt install python3-virtualenv

Create a virtual environment:

mkdir ~/.virtualenvs
virtualenv ~/.virtualenvs/dhcpcanonenv -p /usr/bin/python3
source ~/.virtualenvs/dhcpcanonenv/bin/activate
Get the sources::
git clone

Install it:

pip3 install -e .