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Reverse HTTP proxy, load balancer, and SSL wrapper

Pound is a reverse HTTP proxy, load balancer, and SSL wrapper. It proxies client HTTPS requests to HTTP backend servers, distributes the requests among several servers while keeping sessions, supports HTTP/1.1 requests even if the backend server(s) are HTTP/1.0, and sanitizes requests. Pound proxies HTTO _and HTTPS requests simultaneously. In addition, it knows about failed back-end servers and can redirect requests according to their availability. It can run as setuid/setgid and/or in a chroot jail. Pound does not access the hard-disk at all (except for reading the certificate file on start, if required, and the pid file) and should thus pose no security threat to any machine. It needs at least the configuration file (read-only) and, optionally, the HTTPS server certificate (read-only).


User manpage and README included in the distribution



version 2.7 (beta)
released on 26 January 2015

Paid consulting and technical support available from Apsis GmbH at http://www.apsis.ch/


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Leaders and contributors

Robert Segall Maintainer
Frank DENIS Contributor
Gurkan Sengun Contributor
Ken Lalonde Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,SupportE-mailmailto:roseg@apsis.ch
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/pound

Software prerequisites

Required to buildOpenSSL (-lssl)
Required to buildpthreads (-lpthread; pthreads is not a library but a compilation flag on OpenBSD)
Weak prerequisitepthreads (-lcrypt
Weak prerequisite-lsocket and/or -lnsl)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 22 February 2018.


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