1. Introduction

This document contains instructions for installing and configuring the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) software. It is designed to get customers up and running quickly and describes how to compile and run a DPDK application in a FreeBSD application (freebsd) environment, without going deeply into detail.

For a comprehensive guide to installing and using FreeBSD, the following handbook is available from the FreeBSD Documentation Project: FreeBSD Handbook.


DPDK is now available as part of the FreeBSD ports collection and as a pre-built package. Installing via the ports collection or FreeBSD pkg infrastructure is now the recommended way to install DPDK on FreeBSD, and is documented in the next chapter, Installing DPDK from the Ports Collection.

1.1. Documentation Roadmap

The following is a list of DPDK documents in the suggested reading order: