The first ns-3 stable release

This release is immediately available from here.

We dedicate this initial ns-3 release to our late contributor and friend, Federico Maguolo.

What is ns-3 ?

ns-3 is a new discrete-event network simulator designed for supporting network

research and education. ns-3 features a solid, well documented C++ core and

models for TCP/IP (IPv4), several link types including WiFi, and mobility


ns-3 is an open source project released under the GNU GPLv2 license which

allows anyone to use ns-3 without having to pay any license fee or royalties.

ns-3 is actively seeking new contributors to extend the range of supported

models and/or to maintain existing models.

Where to get more information about ns-3

All the ns-3 documentation, is accessible from the ns-3 website:

Including, tutorials:

Supported platforms

ns-3 is regularly tested on the following platforms:

  • linux x86 gcc 4.2, 4.1, and, 3.4.6.
  • linux x86_64 gcc 4.1.3, 4.2.1, 3.4.6
  • MacOS X ppc and x86
  • cygwin gcc 3.4.4 (debug only)

Known issues

ns-3 is known to fail on the following platforms:

  • gcc 3.3 and earlier
  • optimized builds on gcc 3.4.4 and 3.4.5
  • optimized builds on linux x86 gcc 4.0.x