Keepalived is a routing software written in C. The main goal of this project is to provide simple and robust facilities for loadbalancing and high-availability to Linux system and Linux based infrastructures. Loadbalancing framework relies on well-known and widely used Linux Virtual Server (IPVS) kernel module providing Layer4 loadbalancing. Keepalived implements a set of checkers to dynamically and adaptively maintain and manage loadbalanced server pool according their health. On the other hand high-availability is achieved by VRRP protocol. VRRP is a fundamental brick for router failover. In addition, Keepalived implements a set of hooks to the VRRP finite state machine providing low-level and high-speed protocol interactions. Keepalived frameworks can be used independently or all together to provide resilient infrastructures.
Keepalived is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version
2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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Keepalived main website doesn't offer package for any Linux distribution, it only provides source code and code repository. Most of Linux distribution are offering Keepalived package as a mainline package and package maintainers are making a great job maintaining and reporting issues about it.
[December 17th, 2017] Dear Keepalived Users and companies using it. A bunch of efforts has been put during this year in order to produce a new high performances version. This version is BETA RELEASE, and we requested help from community to give it a try ! we just received too few reports ! We really need your help here ! So please take a little of your time, and run this code on production systems and report any good or bad experiences. Thanks for your attention & support.-- Alexandre