[OpenWrt-Devel] OVS on OpenWRT

Alexandru Ardelean ardeleanalex at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 02:40:24 EST 2014

Hello Yilun,

I think that you can use OVS pretty much as you could use on any other
Linux distro.

We don't have any specific tutorials for OVS on OpenWRT.
There are a few blogs that reference something like that:

What is important regarding OVS on OpenWRT is to read about the
/etc/config/network format.
That's on the OpenWRT here: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/uci/network

Looks like you need to configure OVS to setup bridges/flows via ovs-vsctl +
ovs-ofctl commands and then in /etc/config/network you need to setup your
IP addresses and other stuff.

FYI: OVS is officially supported in the latest OpenWRT trunk.
It's here in the package feeds:


On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 2:14 AM, Yilun Zhou <yilun.zhou at duke.edu> wrote:

>   Hi,
>  I am experimenting with OpenVSwitch on OpenWRT. My goal is to use
> Floodlight controller to do routing on OVS with Openflow 1.0 protocol. My
> router is NETGEAR WNDR3800. I have installed OpenWRT Attitude and OVS on it
> so that I can see a list of utilities such as:
>  ovs-appctl
> ovs-dpctl
> ovs-tcpundump
> ovsdb-server
> ovs-benchmark
> ovs-ofctl
> ovs-vlan-test
> ovsdb-tool
> ovs-brcompatd
> ovs-parse-leaks
> ovs-vsctl
> ovs-bugtool
> ovs-pcap
> ovs-vswitchd
> ovs-controller
> ovs-pki
> ovsdb-client
>  I looked at this tutorial (
> http://git.openvswitch.org/cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi?p=openvswitch;a=blob_plain;f=INSTALL;hb=HEAD)
> but it uses a PC Linux distribution, which has different filesystem, etc.
> that makes me not able to proceed as directed. Could anyone tell me how to
> specifically use OVS on OpenWRT or point me to a resource about it?
>  Here is my post on Floodlight group that may provide more information (
> https://groups.google.com/a/openflowhub.org/d/msg/floodlight-dev/C6RAY-TYXdI/tHE8vt9tz9wJ
> ​).
>  Thanks,
>  Yilun​
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