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Welcome to the nftables HOWTO documentation page. Here you will find documentation on how to build, install, configure and use nftables.

If you have any suggestion to improve it, please send your comments to Netfilter users mailing list <>.




Installing nftables

Upgrading from xtables to nftables

Basic operation

Expressions: Matching packets

Statements: Acting on packet matches

Advanced data structures for performance packet classification



Check Portal:DeveloperDocs - documentation for netfilter developers.

Some hints on the general development progress:

External links

Watch some videos:

Watch videos to track updates:

Additional documentations and articles:


To the NLnet foundation for initial sponsorship of this HOWTO:


To Eric Leblond, for boostrapping the Nftables quick howto in 2013.