Operations at ruleset level

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Using native nft syntax

Linux Kernel 3.18 includes some improvements regarding the available operations to manage your ruleset as a whole.


Listing the complete ruleset:

 % nft list ruleset

Listing the ruleset per family:

 % nft list ruleset arp
 % nft list ruleset ip
 % nft list ruleset ip6
 % nft list ruleset bridge
 % nft list ruleset inet

These commands will print all tables/chains/sets/rules of the given family.


In addition, you can also flush (erase, delete, wipe) the complete ruleset:

 % nft flush ruleset

Also per family:

 % nft flush ruleset arp
 % nft flush ruleset ip
 % nft flush ruleset ip6
 % nft flush ruleset bridge
 % nft flush ruleset inet


You can combine these two commands above to backup your ruleset:

 % echo "nft flush ruleset" > backup.nft
 % nft list ruleset >> backup.nft

And load it atomically:

 % nft -f backup.nft

In XML or JSON format

You can also export your ruleset in XML or JSON format.

In this case, you have to issue the 'export' command:

 % nft export xml > ruleset.xml
 % nft export json > ruleset.json

Note that the export operation output all the tables, of all families (ip, ip6, inet, arp, bridge).

We are working now in the 'import' operation for XML and JSON.

See also

Some related information you may want to read: