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  2. .travis.yml
  3. addr.go
  4. addr_linux.go
  5. addr_test.go
  6. filter.go
  7. filter_linux.go
  8. filter_test.go
  10. link.go
  11. link_linux.go
  12. link_test.go
  13. Makefile
  14. neigh.go
  15. neigh_linux.go
  16. neigh_test.go
  17. netlink.go
  18. netlink_test.go
  19. netlink_unspecified.go
  20. protinfo.go
  21. protinfo_linux.go
  22. protinfo_test.go
  23. qdisc.go
  24. qdisc_linux.go
  25. qdisc_test.go
  27. route.go
  28. route_linux.go
  29. route_test.go
  30. xfrm.go
  31. xfrm_policy.go
  32. xfrm_policy_linux.go
  33. xfrm_policy_test.go
  34. xfrm_state.go
  35. xfrm_state_linux.go
  36. xfrm_state_test.go

netlink - netlink library for go

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The netlink package provides a simple netlink library for go. Netlink is the interface a user-space program in linux uses to communicate with the kernel. It can be used to add and remove interfaces, set ip addresses and routes, and configure ipsec. Netlink communication requires elevated privileges, so in most cases this code needs to be run as root. Since low-level netlink messages are inscrutable at best, the library attempts to provide an api that is loosely modeled on the CLI provied by iproute2. Actions like ip link add will be accomplished via a similarly named function like AddLink(). This library began its life as a fork of the netlink functionality in docker/libcontainer but was heavily rewritten to improve testability, performance, and to add new functionality like ipsec xfrm handling.

Local Build and Test

You can use go get command:

go get

Testing dependencies:

go get

Testing (requires root):

sudo -E go test


Add a new bridge and add eth1 into it:

package main

import (

func main() {
    la := netlink.NewLinkAttrs()
    la.Name = "foo"
    mybridge := &netlink.Bridge{la}}
    _ := netlink.LinkAdd(mybridge)
    eth1, _ := netlink.LinkByName("eth1")
    netlink.LinkSetMaster(eth1, mybridge)

Note NewLinkAttrs constructor, it sets default values in structure. For now it sets only TxQLen to -1, so kernel will set default by itself. If you're using simple initialization(LinkAttrs{Name: "foo"}) TxQLen will be set to 0 unless you specify it like LinkAttrs{Name: "foo", TxQLen: 1000}.

Add a new ip address to loopback:

package main

import (

func main() {
    lo, _ := netlink.LinkByName("lo")
    addr, _ := netlink.ParseAddr("")
    netlink.AddrAdd(lo, addr)

Future Work

Many pieces of netlink are not yet fully supported in the high-level interface. Aspects of virtually all of the high-level objects don't exist. Many of the underlying primitives are there, so its a matter of putting the right fields into the high-level objects and making sure that they are serialized and deserialized correctly in the Add and List methods.

There are also a few pieces of low level netlink functionality that still need to be implemented. Routing rules are not in place and some of the more advanced link types. Hopefully there is decent structure and testing in place to make these fairly straightforward to add.