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ip-mptcp - MPTCP path manager configuration


ip [ OPTIONS ] mptcp { endpoint | limits | help }

ip mptcp endpoint add IFADDR [ dev IFNAME ] [ id ID ] [ FLAG-LIST ]

ip mptcp endpoint del id ID

ip mptcp endpoint show [ id ID ]

ip mptcp endpoint flush


FLAG := [ signal | subflow | backup ]

ip mptcp limits set [ subflow SUBFLOW_NR ] [ add_addr_accepted ADD_ADDR_ACCEPTED_NR ]

ip mptcp limits show


MPTCP is a transport protocol built on top of TCP that allows TCP connections to use multiple paths to maximize resource usage and increase redundancy. The ip-mptcp sub-commands allow configuring several aspects of the MPTCP path manager, which is in charge of subflows creation:

The endpoint object specifies the IP addresses that will be used and/or announced for additional subflows:

ip mptcp endpoint add add new MPTCP endpoint
ip mptcp endpoint delete delete existing MPTCP endpoint
ip mptcp endpoint show get existing MPTCP endpoint
ip mptcp endpoint flush flush all existing MPTCP endpoints

is a unique numeric identifier for the given endpoint

the endpoint will be announced/signalled to each peer via an ADD_ADDR MPTCP sub-option

if additional subflow creation is allowed by MPTCP limits, the endpoint will be used as the source address to create an additional subflow after that the MPTCP connection is established.

the endpoint will be announced as a backup address, if this is a signal endpoint, or the subflow will be created as a backup one if this is a subflow endpoint

The limits object specifies the constraints for subflow creations:

ip mptcp limits show get current MPTCP subflow creation limits
ip mptcp limits set change the MPTCP subflow creation limits

specifies the maximum number of additional subflows allowed for each MPTCP connection. Additional subflows can be created due to: incoming accepted ADD_ADDR option, local subflow endpoints, additional subflows started by the peer.

specifies the maximum number of ADD_ADDR suboptions accepted for each MPTCP connection. The MPTCP path manager will try to create a new subflow for each accepted ADD_ADDR option, respecting the SUBFLOW_NR limit.


Original Manpage by Paolo Abeni <>

4 Apr 2020 iproute2