Linux Command Library


Restore IP Tables ip6tables-restore

iptables-restore [-chntv] [-M modprobe] [-T name] [file]

ip6tables-restore [-chntv] [-M modprobe] [-T name] [file]

iptables-restore and ip6tables-restore are used to restore IP and IPv6 Tables from data specified on STDIN or in file. Use I/O redirection provided by your shell to read from a file or specify file as an argument.

-c, --counters
restore the values of all packet and byte counters
-h, --help
Print a short option summary.
-n, --noflush
don't flush the previous contents of the table. If not specified, both commands flush (delete) all previous contents of the respective table.
-t, --test
Only parse and construct the ruleset, but do not commit it.
-v, --verbose
Print additional debug info during ruleset processing.
-M, --modprobe modprobe_program
Specify the path to the modprobe program. By default, iptables-restore will inspect /proc/sys/kernel/modprobe to determine the executable's path.
-T, --table name
Restore only the named table even if the input stream contains other ones.

None known as of iptables-1.2.1 release

Harald Welte <> wrote iptables-restore based on code from Rusty Russell. Andras Kis-Szabo <> contributed ip6tables-restore.

iptables-apply(8),iptables-save(8), iptables(8)

The iptables-HOWTO, which details more iptables usage, the NAT-HOWTO, which details NAT, and the netfilter-hacking-HOWTO which details the internals.

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