The ip command can be used for the following tasks on Linux:
=> Show / manipulate routing
=> Show / manipulate devices
=> Policy routing
Task: View / Display Routing Table
Type the following command:
$ ip route show
$ ip route list
10.0.31.18 dev ppp0 proto kernel scope link src 10.1.3.103 192.168.2.0/24 dev eth0 proto kernel scope link src 192.168.2.1 192.168.1.0/24 dev ra0 proto kernel scope link src 192.168.1.106 169.254.0.0/16 dev eth0 scope link metric 1000 10.0.0.0/8 dev ppp0 scope link default via 192.168.1.1 dev ra0 metric 100
Each entry is nothing but an entry in the routing table (Linux kernel routing table). For example. following line represents the route for the local network. All network packets to a system in the same network are sent directly through the device ra0:
192.168.1.0/24 dev ra0 proto kernel scope link src 192.168.1.106
Our default route is set via ra0 interface i.e. all network packets that cannot be sent according to the previous entries of the routing table are sent through the gateway defined in this entry i.e 192.168.1.1 is our default gateway.
Task: Set a Route to the Locally Connected Network eth0
Type the following command to sent all packets to the local network 192.168.1.0 directly through the device eth0:, enter:
# ip route add 192.168.1.0/24 dev eth0
Task: Set a default route
All network packets that cannot be sent according to the previous entries of the routing table are sent through the following default gateway
# ip route add default via 192.168.1.254
Task: Delete route from table
Type the following command
# ip route delete 192.168.1.0/24 dev eth0
How do I verify routing configurations?
Use the ping/host commands to make sure you can reach to your gateway:
How do I save routing information to a configuration file?
All routing settings made with the ip tool (route command) are lost when you reboot Linux server. See our previous article about configuring static routes in Debian/Ubuntu or Red Hat Linux systems.
- Debian Linux Configure Network Interface Cards – IP address and Netmasks
- CentOS / Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 configure network interface card
- How to setup Linux as a router (iptables configuration)
- Man pages: ip(8), ping(8), route(8)