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-8.0 platform.

Package Information

bridge-utils Dependencies

Optional (to run tests)


User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

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

[*] Networking support --->            [CONFIG_NET]
      Networking options --->
        <*/M> 802.1d Ethernet Bridging [CONFIG_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

Configuring bridge-utils

Configuration Information



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.

Last updated on 2017-02-21 16:52:57 -0600