The BGP swiss army knife of networking

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ExaBGP allows engineers to control their network from commodity servers. Think of it as Software Defined Networking using BGP.

Use cases include:

The program is BSD licenced and packaged for Debian, Ubuntu, ArchLinux, Gentoo, Mint, FreeBSD, OSX, OmniOS, but some features may only be available on latest version.

ExaBGP transforms BGP messages into friendly plain text or JSON which can be easily manipulate by scripts, it does not perform any FIB manipulation. If this what you need, use another open source BGP daemon such as BIRD or Quagga.

> wget
> tar zxvf 3.4.5.tar.gz
> cd exabgp-3.4.5
> ./sbin/exabgp --help

##Who is using it ?

These organisations have spoken of, or are using/have used ExaBGP:


Please let us know if you use it.


Extensive RFC support

IPv6 RFC 4760, ASN4 RFC 4893, Flow RFC 5575, MPLS RFC 4659 (with vpnv6), VPLS RFC 4762, Graceful Restart support RFC 4724, Enhanced Route Refresh RFC 7313, AIGP RFC 7311, more

Many drafts

draft-raszuk-idr-flow-spec-v6-03, draft-ietf-idr-flowspec-redirect-ip-00, draft-ietf-idr-add-paths-08, partial draft-ietf-idr-bgp-multisession-07, draft-scudder-bmp-01

##More information

ExaBGP from source (or git) runs on any Unix server and has no dependencies.

Multiple versions can be used simulteanously without conflict, if ran ExaBGP from the extracted archive, or a local git repository.


Want to know how the code is changing ? Have a question ?

The way way to keep informed is to follow ExaBGP's G+ Group. You can as well follow us on twitter, or subscribe to our low volume mailing list.

For more information, please consult any of :

##Problem ?

No software is perfect.

ExaBGP is supported through Github issue tracker on a best effort basis. So should you encounter a bug please report it so we can help you resolve it.

The configuration file format changes from version to version, but effort are made to make sure backward compatibility is kept, however users are encouraged to read the release note and check their setup after upgrade.


We try to be reactive to any problem raised, and hopefully are not too bad at it. Some organisation are however unable to deploy an applicatoin without commercial support, therefore it is available if your organisation requires it but is by no way required.

##Related Projects

  • GIXLG a looking glass with visualisation using ExaBGP
  • ExaBGP Chef Cookbook automate ExaBGP's installation
  • IOS2ExaBGP converts Cisco IOS IPv4 BGP LOC Rib dumps to ExaBGP's format
  • exabgp-voipbl advertises local or/and blacklist using unicast or flow route.

Self Promotion

Exa Networks has also developed a high-performance and very flexible filtering HTTP proxy (allowing cookie manipulation and other goodies).