ip-link

       ip [ OPTIONS ] link  { COMMAND | help }

       OPTIONS := { -V[ersion] | -h[uman-readable] | -s[tatistics] |
               -r[esolve] | -f[amily] { inet | inet6 | ipx | dnet | link } |
               -o[neline] | -br[ief] }

       ip link add [ link DEVICE ] [ name ] NAME
               [ txqueuelen PACKETS ]
               [ address LLADDR ] [ broadcast LLADDR ]
               [ mtu MTU ] [ index IDX ]
               [ numtxqueues QUEUE_COUNT ] [ numrxqueues QUEUE_COUNT ]
               type TYPE [ ARGS ]

       TYPE := [ bridge | bond | can | dummy | hsr | ifb | ipoib | macvlan |
               macvtap | vcan | veth | vlan | vxlan | ip6tnl | ipip | sit |
               gre | gretap | ip6gre | ip6gretap | vti | nlmon | ipvlan | low-
               pan | geneve ]

       ip link delete { DEVICE | group GROUP } type TYPE [ ARGS ]

       ip link set { DEVICE | group GROUP } { up | down | arp { on | off } |
               promisc { on | off } |
               allmulticast { on | off } |
               dynamic { on | off } |
               multicast { on | off } |
               protodown { on | off } |
               txqueuelen PACKETS |
               name NEWNAME |
               address LLADDR | broadcast LLADDR |
               mtu MTU |
               netns PID |
               netns NETNSNAME |
               alias NAME |
               vf NUM [ mac LLADDR ] [ vlan VLANID [ qos VLAN-QOS ] ] [ rate
               TXRATE ] [ max_tx_rate TXRATE ] [ min_tx_rate TXRATE ] [
               spoofchk { on | off } ] [ state { auto | enable | disable} ] [
               trust { on | off } ] |
               master DEVICE |
               nomaster  |
               addrgenmode { eui64 | none }
               link-netnsid ID  }

       ip link show [ DEVICE | group GROUP | up | master DEVICE | type TYPE ]

       ip link help [ TYPE ]

DESCRIPTION
   ip link add - add virtual link
       link DEVICE
              specifies the physical device to act operate on.

              NAME specifies the name of the new virtual device.

              TYPE specifies the type of the new device.
                      ifb - Intermediate Functional Block device

                      ipoib - IP over Infiniband device

                      macvlan - Virtual interface base on link layer address
                      (MAC)

                      macvtap - Virtual interface based on link layer address
                      (MAC) and TAP.

                      vcan - Virtual Controller Area Network interface

                      veth - Virtual ethernet interface

                      vlan - 802.1q tagged virtual LAN interface

                      vxlan - Virtual eXtended LAN

                      ip6tnl - Virtual tunnel interface IPv4|IPv6 over IPv6

                      ipip - Virtual tunnel interface IPv4 over IPv4

                      sit - Virtual tunnel interface IPv6 over IPv4

                      gre - Virtual tunnel interface GRE over IPv4

                      gretap - Virtual L2 tunnel interface GRE over IPv4

                      ip6gre - Virtual tunnel interface GRE over IPv6

                      ip6gretap - Virtual L2 tunnel interface GRE over IPv6

                      vti - Virtual tunnel interface

                      nlmon - Netlink monitoring device

                      ipvlan - Interface for L3 (IPv6/IPv4) based VLANs

                      lowpan - Interface for 6LoWPAN (IPv6) over IEEE 802.15.4
                      / Bluetooth

                      geneve - GEneric NEtwork Virtualization Encapsulation

       numtxqueues QUEUE_COUNT
              specifies the number of transmit queues for new device.

       numrxqueues QUEUE_COUNT
              specifies the number of receive queues for new device.

       index IDX
              specifies the desired index of the new virtual device. The link
              creation fails, if the index is busy.

       VLAN Type Support
                      preted as octal or hexadeimal, respectively.

                      reorder_hdr { on | off } - specifies whether ethernet
                      headers are reordered or not (default is on).

                          If reorder_hdr is on then VLAN header will be not
                          inserted immediately but only before passing to the
                          physical device (if this device does not support
                          VLAN offloading), the similar on the RX direction -
                          by default the packet will be untagged before being
                          received by VLAN device. Reordering allows to accel-
                          erate tagging on egress and to hide VLAN header on
                          ingress so the packet looks like regular Ethernet
                          packet, at the same time it might be confusing for
                          packet capture as the VLAN header does not exist
                          within the packet.

                          VLAN offloading can be checked by ethtool(8):

                              ethtool -k <phy_dev> | grep tx-vlan-offload

                          where <phy_dev> is the physical device to which VLAN
                          device is bound.

                      gvrp { on | off } - specifies whether this VLAN should
                      be registered using GARP VLAN Registration Protocol.

                      mvrp { on | off } - specifies whether this VLAN should
                      be registered using Multiple VLAN Registration Protocol.

                      loose_binding { on | off } - specifies whether the VLAN
                      device state is bound to the physical device state.

                      ingress-qos-map QOS-MAP - defines a mapping of VLAN
                      header prio field to the Linux internal packet priority
                      on incoming frames. The format is FROM:TO with multiple
                      mappings separated by spaces.

                      egress-qos-map QOS-MAP - defines a mapping of Linux
                      internal packet priority to VLAN header prio field but
                      for outgoing frames. The format is the same as for
                      ingress-qos-map.

                          Linux packet priority can be set by iptables(8):

                              iptables -t mangle -A POSTROUTING [...] -j CLAS-
                              SIFY --set-class 0:4

                          and this "4" priority can be used in the egress qos
                          mapping to set VLAN prio "5":

                              ip link set veth0.10 type vlan egress 4:5

       VXLAN Type Support

                      dev PHYS_DEV - specifies the physical device to use for
                      tunnel endpoint communication.

                      group IPADDR - specifies the multicast IP address to
                      join.  This parameter cannot be specified with the
                      remote parameter.

                      remote IPADDR - specifies the unicast destination IP
                      address to use in outgoing packets when the destination
                      link layer address is not known in the VXLAN device for-
                      warding database. This parameter cannot be specified
                      with the group parameter.

                      local IPADDR - specifies the source IP address to use in
                      outgoing packets.

                      ttl TTL - specifies the TTL value to use in outgoing
                      packets.

                      tos TOS - specifies the TOS value to use in outgoing
                      packets.

                      dstport PORT - specifies the UDP destination port to
                      communicate to the remote VXLAN tunnel endpoint.

                      srcport MIN MAX - specifies the range of port numbers to
                      use as UDP source ports to communicate to the remote
                      VXLAN tunnel endpoint.

                      [no]learning - specifies if unknown source link layer
                      addresses and IP addresses are entered into the VXLAN
                      device forwarding database.

                      [no]rsc - specifies if route short circuit is turned on.

                      [no]proxy - specifies ARP proxy is turned on.

                      [no]l2miss - specifies if netlink LLADDR miss notifica-
                      tions are generated.

                      [no]l3miss - specifies if netlink IP ADDR miss notifica-
                      tions are generated.

                      [no]udpcsum - specifies if UDP checksum is filled in

                      [no]udp6zerocsumtx - specifies if UDP checksum is filled
                      in

                      [no]udp6zerocsumrx - specifies if UDP checksum is
                      received

                      ageing SECONDS - specifies the lifetime in seconds of
                      FDB entries learnt by the kernel.
                          Format of upper 16 bits of packet mark (flags);

                            +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                            |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|D|-|-|A|-|-|-|
                            +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                            D := Don't Learn bit. When set, this bit indicates
                            that the egress VTEP MUST NOT learn the source
                            address of the encapsulated frame.

                            A := Indicates that the group policy has already
                            been applied to this packet. Policies MUST NOT be
                            applied by devices when the A bit is set.

                          Format of lower 16 bits of packet mark (policy ID):

                            +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                            |        Group Policy ID        |
                            +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                          Example:
                            iptables -A OUTPUT [...] -j MARK --set-mark
                          0x800FF

       GRE, IPIP, SIT Type Support
              For a link of types GRE/IPIP/SIT the following additional argu-
              ments are supported:

              ip link add DEVICE type { gre | ipip | sit }  remote ADDR local
              ADDR [ encap { fou | gue | none } ] [ encap-sport { PORT | auto
              } ] [ encap-dport PORT ] [  [no]encap-csum ] [  [no]encap-remc-
              sum ]

                      remote ADDR - specifies the remote address of the tun-
                      nel.

                      local ADDR - specifies the fixed local address for tun-
                      neled packets.  It must be an address on another inter-
                      face on this host.

                      encap { fou | gue | none } - specifies type of secondary
                      UDP encapsulation. "fou" indicates Foo-Over-UDP, "gue"
                      indicates Generic UDP Encapsulation.

                      encap-sport { PORT | auto } - specifies the source port
                      in UDP encapsulation.  PORT indicates the port by num-
                      ber, "auto" indicates that the port number should be
                      chosen automatically (the kernel picks a flow based on
                      the flow hash of the encapsulated packet).

                      [no]encap-csum - specifies if UDP checksums are enabled
                      in the secondary encapsulation.

                      [no]encap-remcsum - specifies if Remote Checksum Offload
                      remote ADDR - specifies the remote IPv6 address of the
                      tunnel.

                      local ADDR - specifies the fixed local IPv6 address for
                      tunneled packets.  It must be an address on another
                      interface on this host.

                      [i|o]seq - serialize packets.  The oseq flag enables
                      sequencing of outgoing packets.  The iseq flag requires
                      that all input packets are serialized.

                      [i|o]key KEY - use keyed GRE with key KEY. KEY is either
                      a number or an IPv4 address-like dotted quad.  The key
                      parameter specifies the same key to use in both direc-
                      tions.  The ikey and okey parameters specify different
                      keys for input and output.

                      [i|o]csum - generate/require checksums for tunneled
                      packets.  The ocsum flag calculates checksums for outgo-
                      ing packets.  The icsum flag requires that all input
                      packets have the correct checksum. The csum flag is
                      equivalent to the combination icsum ocsum.

                      hoplimit TTL - specifies Hop Limit value to use in out-
                      going packets.

                      encaplimit ELIM - specifies a fixed encapsulation limit.
                      Default is 4.

                      flowlabel FLOWLABEL - specifies a fixed flowlabel.

                      tclass TCLASS - specifies the traffic class field on
                      tunneled packets, which can be specified as either a
                      two-digit hex value (e.g. c0) or a predefined string
                      (e.g. internet).  The value inherit causes the field to
                      be copied from the original IP header. The values
                      inherit/STRING or inherit/00..ff will set the field to
                      STRING or 00..ff when tunneling non-IP packets. The
                      default value is 00.

       IPoIB Type Support
              For a link of type IPoIB the following additional arguments are
              supported:

              ip link add DEVICE name NAME type ipoib [ pkey PKEY ] [mode MODE
              ]

                      pkey PKEY - specifies the IB P-Key to use.

                      mode MODE - specifies the mode (datagram or connected)
                      to use.

       GENEVE Type Support
              For a link of type GENEVE the following additional arguments are

                      tos TOS - specifies the TOS value to use in outgoing
                      packets.

       MACVLAN and MACVTAP Type Support
              For a link of type MACVLAN or MACVTAP the following additional
              arguments are supported:

              ip link add link DEVICE name NAME type { macvlan | macvtap }
              mode { private | vepa | bridge | passthru  [ nopromisc ] }

                      type { macvlan | macvtap } - specifies the link type to
                      use.  macvlan creates just a virtual interface, while
                      macvtap in addition creates a character device /dev/tapX
                      to be used just like a tuntap device.

                      mode private - Do not allow communication between
                      macvlan instances on the same physical interface, even
                      if the external switch supports hairpin mode.

                      mode vepa - Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator mode. Data
                      from one macvlan instance to the other on the same phys-
                      ical interface is transmitted over the physical inter-
                      face. Either the attached switch needs to support hair-
                      pin mode, or there must be a TCP/IP router forwarding
                      the packets in order to allow communication. This is the
                      default mode.

                      mode bridge - In bridge mode, all endpoints are directly
                      connected to each other, communication is not redirected
                      through the physical interface's peer.

                      mode passthru [ nopromisc ] - This mode gives more power
                      to a single endpoint, usually in macvtap mode. It is not
                      allowed for more than one endpoint on the same physical
                      interface. All traffic will be forwarded to this end-
                      point, allowing virtio guests to change MAC address or
                      set promiscuous mode in order to bridge the interface or
                      create vlan interfaces on top of it. By default, this
                      mode forces the underlying interface into promiscuous
                      mode. Passing the nopromisc flag prevents this, so the
                      promisc flag may be controlled using standard tools.

   ip link delete - delete virtual link
       dev DEVICE
              specifies the virtual device to act operate on.

       group GROUP
              specifies the group of virtual links to delete. Group 0 is not
              allowed to be deleted since it is the default group.

       type TYPE
              specifies the type of the device.

              change the state of the device to UP or DOWN.

       arp on or arp off
              change the NOARP flag on the device.

       multicast on or multicast off
              change the MULTICAST flag on the device.

       protodown on or protodown off
              change the PROTODOWN state on the device. Indicates that a pro-
              tocol error has been detected on the port. Switch drivers can
              react to this error by doing a phys down on the switch port.

       dynamic on or dynamic off
              change the DYNAMIC flag on the device. Indicates that address
              can change when interface goes down (currently NOT used by the
              Linux).

       name NAME
              change the name of the device. This operation is not recommended
              if the device is running or has some addresses already config-
              ured.

       txqueuelen NUMBER

       txqlen NUMBER
              change the transmit queue length of the device.

       mtu NUMBER
              change the MTU of the device.

       address LLADDRESS
              change the station address of the interface.

       broadcast LLADDRESS

       brd LLADDRESS

       peer LLADDRESS
              change the link layer broadcast address or the peer address when
              the interface is POINTOPOINT.

       netns NETNSNAME | PID
              move the device to the network namespace associated with name
              NETNSNAME or process PID.

              Some devices are not allowed to change network namespace: loop-
              back, bridge, ppp, wireless. These are network namespace local
              devices. In such case ip tool will return "Invalid argument"
              error. It is possible to find out if device is local to a single
              network namespace by checking netns-local flag in the output of
              the ethtool:

                      ethtool -k DEVICE

       vf NUM specify a Virtual Function device to be configured. The associ-
              ated PF device must be specified using the dev parameter.

                      mac LLADDRESS - change the station address for the spec-
                      ified VF. The vf parameter must be specified.

                      vlan VLANID - change the assigned VLAN for the specified
                      VF. When specified, all traffic sent from the VF will be
                      tagged with the specified VLAN ID. Incoming traffic will
                      be filtered for the specified VLAN ID, and will have all
                      VLAN tags stripped before being passed to the VF. Set-
                      ting this parameter to 0 disables VLAN tagging and fil-
                      tering. The vf parameter must be specified.

                      qos VLAN-QOS - assign VLAN QOS (priority) bits for the
                      VLAN tag. When specified, all VLAN tags transmitted by
                      the VF will include the specified priority bits in the
                      VLAN tag. If not specified, the value is assumed to be
                      0. Both the vf and vlan parameters must be specified.
                      Setting both vlan and qos as 0 disables VLAN tagging and
                      filtering for the VF.

                      rate TXRATE -- change the allowed transmit bandwidth, in
                      Mbps, for the specified VF.  Setting this parameter to 0
                      disables rate limiting.  vf parameter must be specified.
                      Please use new API max_tx_rate option instead.

                      max_tx_rate TXRATE - change the allowed maximum transmit
                      bandwidth, in Mbps, for the specified VF.  vf parameter
                      must be specified.

                      min_tx_rate TXRATE - change the allowed minimum transmit
                      bandwidth, in Mbps, for the specified VF.  Minimum
                      TXRATE should be always <= Maximum TXRATE.  vf parameter
                      must be specified.

                      spoofchk on|off - turn packet spoof checking on or off
                      for the specified VF.

                      state auto|enable|disable - set the virtual link state
                      as seen by the specified VF. Setting to auto means a
                      reflection of the PF link state, enable lets the VF to
                      communicate with other VFs on this host even if the PF
                      link state is down, disable causes the HW to drop any
                      packets sent by the VF.

                      trust on|off - trust the specified VF user. This enables
                      that VF user can set a specific feature which may impact
                      security and/or performance. (e.g. VF multicast promis-
                      cuous mode)

       master DEVICE
              set master device of the device (enslave device).

       avoid changing several parameters with one ip link set call.

   ip link show - display device attributes
       dev NAME (default)
              NAME specifies the network device to show.  If this argument is
              omitted all devices in the default group are listed.

       group GROUP
              GROUP specifies what group of devices to show.

       up     only display running interfaces.

       master DEVICE
              DEVICE specifies the master device which enslaves devices to
              show.

       type TYPE
              TYPE specifies the type of devices to show.

       The show command has additional formatting options:

              -s, -stats, -statistics
                     output more statistics about packet usage.

              -d, -details
                     output more detailed information.

              -h, -human, -human-readable
                     output statistics with human readable values number fol-
                     lowed by suffix

              -iec   print human readable rates in IEC units (ie. 1K = 1024).

   ip link help - display help
       TYPE specifies which help of link type to dislpay.

   GROUP
       may be a number or a string from the file /etc/iproute2/group which can
       be manually filled.

EXAMPLES
       ip link show
           Shows the state of all network interfaces on the system.

       ip link show type bridge
           Shows the bridge devices.

       ip link show type vlan
           Shows the vlan devices.

       ip link show master br0
           Shows devices enslaved by br0

       ip link set dev ppp0 mtu 1400
       ttl 225 encap gue encap-sport auto encap-dport 5555 encap-csum encap-
       remcsum
           Creates an IPIP that is encapsulated with Generic UDP Encapsula-
           tion, and the outer UDP checksum and remote checksum offload are
           enabled.

       ip link add link wpan0 lowpan0 type lowpan
           Creates a 6LoWPAN interface named lowpan0 on the underlying IEEE
           802.15.4 device wpan0.

SEE ALSO
       ip(8), ip-netns(8), ethtool(8), iptables(8)

AUTHOR
       Original Manpage by Michail Litvak <mci@owl.openwall.com>

iproute2                          13 Dec 2012                       IP-LINK(8)
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