Introduction to bridge-utils

The bridge-utils package contains a utility needed to create and manage bridge devices. This is useful in setting up networks for a hosted virtual machine (VM).

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

bridge-utils Dependencies

Optional (to run tests)


Kernel Configuration

Enable the following options in the kernel configuration and recompile the kernel if necessary:

[*] Networking support --->                                                [NET]
  Networking options --->
    <*/M> 802.1d Ethernet Bridging                                      [BRIDGE]

Installation of bridge-utils

Install bridge-utils by running the following commands:

autoconf                  &&
./configure --prefix=/usr &&

Testing the results requires running the six shell scripts in the tools/ directory. Two of the tests require two ethernet ports. Some tests will not preserve the current network configuration. See tests/README for details.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Program: brctl
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a program used to set up, maintain, and inspect the ethernet bridge configuration in the linux kernel