ovs-l3ping man page

ovs-l3ping — check network deployment for L3 tunneling problems


ovs-l3ping -s TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask] -t tunnelmode
ovs-l3ping -s TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask][:ControlPort] -t tunnelmode

ovs-l3ping -c TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask],RemoteInnerIP -t tunnelmode
ovs-l3ping -c TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask][:ControlPort[:DataPort]],RemoteInnerIP[:ControlPort[:DataPort]] [-b targetbandwidth] [-i testinterval] -t tunnelmode

Common options:
[-h | --help] [-V | --version]


The ovs-l3ping program may be used to check for problems that could be caused by invalid routing policy, misconfigured firewall in the tunnel path or a bad NIC driver. On one of the nodes, run ovs-l3ping in server mode and on the other node run it in client mode. The client and server will establish L3 tunnel, over which client will give further testing instructions. The ovs-l3ping client will perform UDP and TCP tests. This tool is different from ovs-test that it encapsulates XML/RPC control connection over the tunnel, so there is no need to open special holes in firewall.

UDP tests can report packet loss and achieved bandwidth for various datagram sizes. By default target bandwidth for UDP tests is 1Mbit/s.

TCP tests report only achieved bandwidth, because kernel TCP stack takes care of flow control and packet loss.

Client Mode

An ovs-l3ping client will create a L3 tunnel and connect over it to the ovs-l3ping server to schedule the tests. TunnelRemoteIP is the peer's IP address, where tunnel will be terminated. InnerIP is the address that will be temporarily assigned during testing. All test traffic originating from this IP address to the RemoteInnerIP will be tunneled. It is possible to override default ControlPort and DataPort, if there is any other application that already listens on those two ports.

Server Mode

To conduct tests, ovs-l3ping server must be running. It is required that both client and server InnerIP addresses are in the same subnet. It is possible to specify InnerIP with netmask in CIDR format.


One of -s or -c is required. The -t option is also required.

-s TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask][:ControlPort]
--server TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask][:ControlPort]
Run in server mode and create L3 tunnel with the client that will be accepting tunnel at TunnelRemoteIP address. The socket on InnerIP[:ControlPort] will be used to receive further instructions from the client.
-c TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask][:ControlPort[:DataPort]],RemoteInnerIP[:ControlPort[:DataPort]]
--client TunnelRemoteIP,InnerIP[/mask][:ControlPort[:DataPort]],RemoteInnerIP[:ControlPort[:DataPort]]
Run in client mode and create L3 tunnel with the server on TunnelRemoteIP. The client will use InnerIP to generate test traffic with the server's RemoteInnerIP.
-b targetbandwidth
--bandwidth targetbandwidth
Target bandwidth for UDP tests. The targetbandwidth must be given in bits per second. It is possible to use postfix M or K to alter the target bandwidth magnitude.
-i testinterval
--interval testinterval
How long each test should run. By default 5 seconds.
-t tunnelmode
--tunnel-mode tunnelmode
Specify the tunnel type. This option must match on server and client.
Prints a brief help message to the console.
Prints version information to the console.


On host start ovs-l3ping in server mode. This command will create a temporary GRE tunnel with the host and assign as the inner IP address, where client will have to connect:

ovs-l3ping -s, -t gre

On host start ovs-l3ping in client mode. This command will use as the local inner IP address and will connect over the L3 tunnel to the server's inner IP address at

ovs-l3ping -c,, -t gre

See Also

ovs-vswitchd(8), ovs-ofctl(8), ovs-vsctl(8), ovs-vlan-test(8), ovs-test(8), ethtool(8), uname(1)


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