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IPTABLES-SAVE(8) iptables 1.4.21 IPTABLES-SAVE(8)


iptables-save — dump iptables rules to stdout
ip6tables-save — dump iptables rules to stdout


iptables-save [-M modprobe] [-c] [ -t table]
ip6tables-save [-M modprobe] [-c] [ -t table


iptables-save and ip6tables-save are used to dump the contents of IP or IPv6 Table in easily parseable format to STDOUT. Use I/O-redirection provided by your shell to write to a file.
-M modprobe_program
Specify the path to the modprobe program. By default, iptables-save will inspect /proc/sys/kernel/modprobe to determine the executable's path.
-c, --counters
include the current values of all packet and byte counters in the output
-t, --table tablename
restrict output to only one table. If not specified, output includes all available tables.


None known as of iptables-1.2.1 release


Harald Welte <>
Rusty Russell <>
Andras Kis-Szabo <> contributed ip6tables-save.


iptables-apply(8),iptables-restore(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.
iptables 1.4.21