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       ip-address - protocol address management


       ip [ OPTIONS ] address  { COMMAND | help }

       ip address { add | change | replace } IFADDR dev IFNAME [ LIFETIME ] [
               CONFFLAG-LIST ]

       ip address del IFADDR dev IFNAME [ mngtmpaddr ]

       ip address { show | save | flush } [ dev IFNAME ] [ scope SCOPE-ID ] [
               to PREFIX ] [ FLAG-LIST ] [ label PATTERN ] [ up ]

       ip address { showdump | restore }

       IFADDR := PREFIX | ADDR peer PREFIX [ broadcast ADDR ] [ anycast ADDR ]
               [ label LABEL ] [ scope SCOPE-ID ]

       SCOPE-ID := [ host | link | global | NUMBER ]


       FLAG := [ permanent | dynamic | secondary | primary | [ - ] tentative |
               [ - ] deprecated | [ - ] dadfailed | temporary | CONFFLAG-LIST


       CONFFLAG := [ home | mngtmpaddr | nodad | noprefixroute ]

       LIFETIME := [ valid_lft LFT | preferred_lft LFT ]

       LFT := [ forever | SECONDS ]


       The address is a protocol (IPv4 or IPv6) address attached to a network
       device. Each device must have at least one address to use the
       corresponding protocol. It is possible to have several different
       addresses attached to one device. These addresses are not
       discriminated, so that the term alias is not quite appropriate for them
       and we do not use it in this document.

       The ip address command displays addresses and their properties, adds
       new addresses and deletes old ones.

   ip address add - add new protocol address.
       dev IFNAME
              the name of the device to add the address to.

       local ADDRESS (default)
              the address of the interface. The format of the address depends
              on the protocol. It is a dotted quad for IP and a sequence of
              hexadecimal halfwords separated by colons for IPv6. The ADDRESS
              may be followed by a slash and a decimal number which encodes
              the network prefix length.

       peer ADDRESS
              the address of the remote endpoint for pointopoint interfaces.
              Again, the ADDRESS may be followed by a slash and a decimal
              number, encoding the network prefix length. If a peer address is
              specified, the local address cannot have a prefix length. The
              network prefix is associated with the peer rather than with the
              local address.

       broadcast ADDRESS
              the broadcast address on the interface.

              It is possible to use the special symbols '+' and '-' instead of
              the broadcast address. In this case, the broadcast address is
              derived by setting/resetting the host bits of the interface

       label LABEL
              Each address may be tagged with a label string.  In order to
              preserve compatibility with Linux-2.0 net aliases, this string
              must coincide with the name of the device or must be prefixed
              with the device name followed by colon.

       scope SCOPE_VALUE
              the scope of the area where this address is valid.  The
              available scopes are listed in file /etc/iproute2/rt_scopes.
              Predefined scope values are:

                      global - the address is globally valid.

                      site - (IPv6 only, deprecated) the address is site
                      local, i.e. it is valid inside this site.

                      link - the address is link local, i.e. it is valid only
                      on this device.

                      host - the address is valid only inside this host.

       valid_lft LFT
              the valid lifetime of this address; see section 5.5.4 of RFC
              4862. When it expires, the address is removed by the kernel.
              Defaults to forever.

       preferred_lft LFT
              the preferred lifetime of this address; see section 5.5.4 of RFC
              4862. When it expires, the address is no longer used for new
              outgoing connections. Defaults to forever.

       home   (IPv6 only) designates this address the "home address" as
              defined in RFC 6275.

              (IPv6 only) make the kernel manage temporary addresses created
              from this one as template on behalf of Privacy Extensions
              (RFC3041). For this to become active, the use_tempaddr sysctl
              setting has to be set to a value greater than zero.  The given
              address needs to have a prefix length of 64. This flag allows to
              use privacy extensions in a manually configured network, just
              like if stateless auto-configuration was active.

       nodad  (IPv6 only) do not perform Duplicate Address Detection (RFC
              4862) when adding this address.

              Do not automatically create a route for the network prefix of
              the added address, and don't search for one to delete when
              removing the address. Changing an address to add this flag will
              remove the automatically added prefix route, changing it to
              remove this flag will create the prefix route automatically.

   ip address delete - delete protocol address
       Arguments: coincide with the arguments of ip addr add.  The device name
       is a required argument. The rest are optional.  If no arguments are
       given, the first address is deleted.

   ip address show - look at protocol addresses
       dev IFNAME (default)
              name of device.

       scope SCOPE_VAL
              only list addresses with this scope.

       to PREFIX
              only list addresses matching this prefix.

       label PATTERN
              only list addresses with labels matching the PATTERN.  PATTERN
              is a usual shell style pattern.

       up     only list running interfaces.

       dynamic and permanent
              (IPv6 only) only list addresses installed due to stateless
              address configuration or only list permanent (not dynamic)

              (IPv6 only) only list addresses which have not yet passed
              duplicate address detection.

              (IPv6 only) only list addresses which are not in the process of
              duplicate address detection currently.

              (IPv6 only) only list deprecated addresses.

              (IPv6 only) only list addresses not being deprecated.

              (IPv6 only) only list addresses which have failed duplicate
              address detection.

              (IPv6 only) only list addresses which have not failed duplicate
              address detection.

              (IPv6 only) only list temporary addresses.

       primary and secondary
              only list primary (or secondary) addresses.

   ip address flush - flush protocol addresses
       This command flushes the protocol addresses selected by some criteria.

       This command has the same arguments as show.  The difference is that it
       does not run when no arguments are given.

       Warning: This command and other flush commands are unforgiving. They
       will cruelly purge all the addresses.

       With the -statistics option, the command becomes verbose. It prints out
       the number of deleted addresses and the number of rounds made to flush
       the address list.  If this option is given twice, ip address flush also
       dumps all the deleted addresses in the format described in the previous


       ip address show
           Shows IPv4 and IPv6 addresses assigned to all network interfaces.
           The 'show' subcommand can be omitted.

       ip address show up
           Same as above except that only addresses assigned to active network
           interfaces are shown.

       ip address show dev eth0
           Shows IPv4 and IPv6 addresses assigned to network interface eth0.

       ip address add 2001:0db8:85a3::0370:7334/64 dev eth1
           Adds an IPv6 address to network interface eth1.

       ip address delete 2001:0db8:85a3::0370:7334/64 dev eth1
           Delete the IPv6 address added above.

       ip address flush dev eth4 scope global
           Removes all global IPv4 and IPv6 addresses from device eth4.
           Without 'scope global' it would remove all addresses including IPv6
           link-local ones.




       Original Manpage by Michail Litvak <>