Border Gateway Protocol
bgpd is a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
daemon which manages the network routing tables. Its main purpose is to
exchange information concerning "network reachability" with other
bgpd uses the Border Gateway Protocol,
Version 4, as described in RFC 4271.
BGP is an exterior gateway protocol using a multiple step decision
process to find the best path. Advanced filtering can be used to influence
the route decision for traffic engineering. The session engine of
bgpd is responsible for maintaining the TCP session
with each neighbor. Updates are passed to the Route Decision Engine (RDE)
where the paths are filtered and used to compute a Routing Information Base
(RIB). The parent process is responsible for keeping the RIB in sync with
the kernel routing table.
The route decision process selects the best path by evaluating all paths to the same destination. The decision process continues to the next step if paths have equal attributes. Paths that are less preferred are taken out of consideration until there is only one path left.
- All paths with errors or loops are not eligible.
- Paths with an unreachable nexthop are not eligible. After this step all remaining paths are valid.
- The path with the highest LOCAL_PREF is selected.
- The path with the shortest AS path attribute is selected.
- The ORIGIN attribute is compared. The order is IGP before EGP before incomplete origins.
- The path with the lowest
metric is selected. Normally, this value is only considered when choosing
between multiple routes sent by the same neighbouring AS. However, if
rde med compare always” is set in the configuration, the metric is compared for routes sent by any AS.
- Comparison of the BGP session type. Paths learned over an external (EBGP) session are preferred over those learned via an internal (IBGP) session.
- The path with the highest local weight is selected.
- If “
rde route-age evaluate” is set then the oldest path is selected.
- The path coming from the neighbor with the lowest BGP ID wins. If the ORIGINATOR_ID attribute is present that value will be used in the comparison instead.
- The path with the shortest CLUSTER_LIST attribute is selected. If it is not present then a length of 0 is used in the comparison.
- The path coming from the peer with the lowest IP address is selected. IPv4 sessions will be preferred over IPv6 ones.
Attributes set by filters can be used to tip the decision process to prefer particular paths over others. This can be achieved by changing the localpref, med, or weight attributes. AS path prepending or changing the med or origin attribute can be used to influence the routing behaviour on remote systems.
bgpd enabled at boot time, use
“rcctl enable bgpd”, which sets
bgpd starts up, it reads settings
from a configuration file, typically
bgpd.conf(5). A running
bgpd process can be
controlled using the
The options are as follows:
bgpdto do carp(4) demotion at startup when the demote functionality is used. Normally,
bgpdwill only do demotion at startup when the demotion counter for the group in question is already greater than 0.
bgpdwill start handling demotion after all sessions with demotion configured for the given group have been successfully established. At system startup, rc(8) has the demotion counter for the group carp increased until after
bgpdis started, so this option should not be used in rc.conf(8).
- Define macro to be set to value on the command line. Overrides the definition of macro in the configuration file.
- Do not daemonize. If this option is specified,
bgpdwill run in the foreground and log to stderr.
- Use file as the configuration file, instead of the default /etc/bgpd.conf.
- Configtest mode. Only check the configuration file for validity.
- Produce more verbose output.
- Show the version and exit.
bgpdcontrol socket, where <rdomain> is the routing domain in which
bgpdhas been started.
bgpd.conf(5), bgpctl(8), bgplg(8), bgplgsh(8)
R. Chandra, P. Traina, and T. Li, BGP Communities Attribute, RFC 1997, August 1996.
A. Heffernan, Protection of BGP Sessions via the TCP MD5 Signature Option, RFC 2385, August 1998.
P. Marques and F. Dupont, Use of BGP-4 Multiprotocol Extensions for IPv6 Inter-Domain Routing, RFC 2545, March 1999.
E. Chen, Route Refresh Capability for BGP-4, RFC 2918, September 2000.
G. Huston, NOPEER Community for Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Route Scope Control, RFC 3765, April 2004.
Y. Rekhter, T. Li, and S. Hares, A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4), RFC 4271, January 2006.
S. Sangli, D. Tappan, and Y. Rekhter, BGP Extended Communities Attribute, RFC 4360, February 2006.
E. Rosen and Y. Rekhter, BGP/MPLS IP Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), RFC 4364, February 2006.
T. Bates, E. Chen, and R. Chandra, BGP Route Reflection: An Alternative to Full Mesh Internal BGP (IBGP), RFC 4456, April 2006.
E. Chen and V. Gillet, Subcodes for BGP Cease Notification Message, RFC 4486, April 2006.
T. Bates, R. Chandra, D. Katz, and Y. Rekhter, Multiprotocol Extensions for BGP-4, RFC 4760, January 2007.
V. Gill, J. Heasley, D. Meyer, P. Savola, and C. Pignatoro, The Generalized TTL Security Mechanism (GTSM), RFC 5082, October 2007.
J. Scudder and R. Chandra, Capabilities Advertisement with BGP-4, RFC 5492, February 2009.
E. Chen and J. Yuan, Autonomous-System-Wide Unique BGP Identifier for BGP-4, RFC 6286, June 2011.
Q. Vohra and E. Chen, BGP Support for Four-Octet Autonomous System (AS) Number Space, RFC 6793, Dec 2012.
E. Chen, J. Scudder, P. Mohapatra, and K. Patel, Revised Error Handling for BGP UPDATE Messages, RFC 7606, August 2015.
L. Blunk, M. Karir, and C. Labovitz, Multi-Threaded Routing Toolkit (MRT) Routing Information Export Format, RFC 6396, October 2011.
J. Dong, M. Chen, and A. Suryanarayana, Subcodes for BGP Finite State Machine Error, RFC 6608, May 2012.
K. Patel, E. Chen, and B. Venkatachalapathy, Enhanced Route Refresh Capability for BGP-4, RFC 7313, July 2014.
W. Kumari, R. Bush, H. Schiller, and K. Patel, Codification of AS 0 Processing, RFC 7607, August 2015.
C. Petrie and T. King, Multi-Threaded Routing Toolkit (MRT) Routing Information Export Format with BGP Additional Path Extensions, RFC 8050, May 2017.
J. Heitz, J. Snijders, K. Patel, I. Bagdonas, and N. Hilliard, BGP Large Communities Attribute, RFC 8092, February 2017.
P. Mohapatra, K. Patel, J. Scudder, D. Ward, and R. Bush, BGP Prefix Origin Validation State Extended Community, RFC 8097, March 2017.
J. Snijders, J. Heitz, and J. Scudder, BGP Administrative Shutdown Communication, RFC 8203, July 2017.
R. Bush and R. Austein, The Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) to Router Protocol, Version 1, RFC 8210, September 2017.
J. Mauch, J. Snijders, and G. Hankins, Default External BGP (EBGP) Route Propagation Behavior without Policies, RFC 8212, July 2017.
P. Francois, B. Decraene, C. Pelsser, K. Patel, and C. Filsfils, Graceful BGP Session Shutdown, RFC 8326, March 2018.
E. Chen and J. Scudder, Extended Optional Parameters Length for BGP OPEN Message, RFC 9072, July 2021.
bgpd program first appeared in