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The Netfilter project and community is focused on replacing the iptables framework with nftables, adding new features and refreshing some workflows along the way.

Many upstream projects use iptables to handle filtering, NAT, mangling and other networking tasks. This page tracks nftables adoption in the wider community.


Known cases and examples we could heard of. TODO: extend with more current data.

All major Linux distributions contains the nftables framework ready to use. Check Nftables from distributions.

system / firewalling / management

Supporting nftables

The following projects are known to either directly support nftables or have authors actively working on nftables integration.

Supporting iptables only

The following projects are known to only support iptables/iptables-nft, with no plans to support nftables in the future.

virtualization / cloud / infrastructure


See also