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VPP Facts

Project Lead: Dave Barach

  • Dave Barach
  • Florin Coras
  • Benoit Ganne
  • John Lo
  • Chris Luke
  • Damjan Marion
  • Neale Ranns
  • Matthew Smith
  • Ole Trøan
  • Paul Vinciguerra
  • Dave Wallace
  • Ed Warnicke
  • Andrew Yourtchenko

Repository: git clone https://gerrit.fd.io/r/vpp
Mailing List: vpp-dev@lists.fd.io
Jenkins: jenkins silo
Gerrit Patches: code patches/reviews
Bugs: VPP bugs


What is VPP? - An introduction to the open-source Vector Packet Processing (VPP) platform

VPP - Working Environments - Environments/distributions, etc... that VPP builds/run on.

Feature Summary - A list of features included in VPP

Current Data

Start Here

To get started with VPP check out:


The VPP (Vector Packet Processor) documents can be found in several places. These include

VPP is the core technology behind the FD.io Project. The best place to learn how VPP fits in to the larger FD.io project is the FD.io Main Site. The Fd.io main site also provides a description of how to Get Started Using and Developing with VPP.

The VPP User Documents is the most complete and up to date description of VPP. To get started as a user of VPP look at Getting Started as a VPP User. To get started as a VPP developer look at Get Started as a VPP Developer. To contribute to the user documents look at Writing VPP User Documents.

The VPP Wiki VPP is the simplest and quickest way for advanced developers to share use cases, release plans, project information and more.

The VPP Source Code is documented using Doxygen. The most complete description of the VPP debug CLI is part of these documents. Learn how to document the VPP source code at Writing VPP Source Code Documents.

More VPP related documents:

Get Involved

Getting started with VPP development

Installing VPP binaries from packages - using APT/YUM to install VPP

Pulling, Building, Hacking, and Pushing VPP Code - Explains how to get up and going with the vpp code base. NOTE: supercedes Setting Up Your Dev Environment

Building and Installing A VPP Package - Explains how to build, install and test a VPP package

Alternative builds - various platform and feature specific VPP builds

Reporting Bugs - Explains how to report a bug, specifically: how to gather the required information

Python Version Policy - Explains the selection and support of Python in use for many of the development tools.

VPP Troubleshooting - Various tips/tricks for commonly seen issues

Dive Deeper

The VPP API - design and implementation of the VPP API

API Change Process - Change your production-grade APIs in a compatible way without inhibiting innovation

Build System Deep Dive - A close look at the components of the build system.

Introduction To IP Adjacency - An explanation of the characteristics of IP adjacency and its uses.

Introduction To N-tuple Classifiers - An explanation of classifiers and how to create classifier tables and sessions.

Modifying The Packet Processing Directed Graph - An explanation of how a directed node graph processes packets, and possible ways to change the node graph.

Using VPP In A Multi-thread Model - An explanation of multi-thread modes, configurations, and setup.

Using VPP as a VXLAN Tunnel Terminator - An explanation of the VXLAN tunnel terminator, its features, architecture, and API support.

Adding a VPP tunnel encapsulation - How to add a tunnel encapsulation type to vpp.

Using VPP IPSec and IKEv2 - An explanation of IPSec and IKEv2 configuration.

Reference Material

VPP Software Architecture

VPP Command-line Interface (CLI) User Guide

VPP Command-line Arguments and startup configuration

Writing VPP Documentation

Performance Analysis Tools

How to spot missing prefetches

Buffer Opaque Layout

Feature Arc infrastructure

DPOs and Feature Arcs

Per-feature Notes

VPP Host Stack

Bounded-index extensible hash infrastructure


Deep dive code walkthrough VoDs (recorded at 2016 FD.io pre-launch Event)

VPP video tutorials (collection of short video tutorials).

VPP Howtos (collection of step-by-step howto guides).

VPP training events (videos of VPP training events).

Progressive Tutorial in Using VPP

Use Cases

Use VPP as a Router Between Namespaces - An example configuration of the VPP platform as a router.

Use VPP with dynamic TAP interfaces as a Router Between Containers - Another example of inter-namespace/inter-container routing, using TAP interfaces.

Use VPP to Connect VMs Using Vhost-User Interface - An example of connecting two virtual machines using VPP L2 Bridge and vhost-user interfaces.

Use VPP to Chain VMs Using Vhost-User Interface - An example of chaining two virtual machines and connecting to physical interface.

Use VPP as an LW46 (MAP-E) Terminator - An example configuration of the VPP platform as an lw46 (MAP-E) terminator.

Use VPP for IPv6 Segment Routing - An example of how to leverage SRv6 to create an overlay VPN with underlay optimization.

Use VPP MPLS - Examples for programming VPP for MPLS P/PE support..

Use VPP IP Multicast - Examples for programming VPP for IP Multicast..

Use VPP BIER - Examples for programming VPP for BIER..

Use VPP for Policy Based Routing - Examples for programming VPP for PBR support..

Interconnecting vRouters with VPP - An example to interconnect vRoutes (xrv9000) with VPP using vhost-user feature and VLAN tagging

Use user mode TCP stack with VPP - An example to use user mode TCP stack with VPP using netmap virtual interfaces

Use VPP as a Home Gateway - Configure VPP as a classic ipv4 NAT home gateway

Setup Bi-directional Forwarding Detection - An example on how to setup BFD between VPP and a Cisco Nexus switch

VPP on EC2 instance with SR-IOV support - An example of how to use VPP on EC2 instance with SR-IOV support

How to deploy VPP in an EC2 instance and use it to connect two different VPCs with SR functionalities - How to deploy VPP in an EC2 instance and how use it as router to connect two different VPCs with SR functionalities

VPP Committer Tasks

Release Milestones



NAT plugin - VPP CGN, NAT44, stateful NAT64 project

Security Groups - ACLs, Security Groups, Group Based Policy

VPP/IPFIX - IP Flow Information Export

VPP/AArch64 - VPP on ARM64


VPP/VOM - VPP Object Model

Starter Tasks

If you are looking for tasks to pick up as 'Starter Tasks' to start contributing, we keep a list of those in Jira.

Previous Release Plans

List of all subpages (used or unused)

VPPVPP-16.09 Test Report Performance DataVPP/AArch64
VPP/ABFVPP/API ConceptsVPP/API Versioning
VPP/Alternative buildsVPP/ApiChangeProcessVPP/BIER
VPP/BihashVPP/BugReportsVPP/Build, install, and test images
VPP/Build System Deep DiveVPP/CodeStyleConventionsVPP/Code Walkthrough VoD
VPP/Code Walkthrough VoD Topic IndexVPP/Code Walkthrough VoDsVPP/CodingTips
VPP/Command-line ArgumentsVPP/Command-line Interface (CLI) GuideVPP/CommitterTasks/ApiFreeze
VPP/CommitterTasks/Compare API ChangesVPP/CommitterTasks/CutPointReleaseVPP/CommitterTasks/CutRelease
VPP/Committers/SMEsVPP/Configuration ToolVPP/Configure VPP As A Router Between Namespaces
VPP/Configure VPP TAP Interfaces For Container RoutingVPP/Configure an LW46 (MAP-E) TerminatorVPP/CoreFileMismatch
VPP/DPOs and Feature ArcsVPP/DocumentationVPP/EC2 instance with SRIOV
VPP/FeaturesVPP/Features/IPv6VPP/Getting VPP 16.06
VPP/Getting VPP Release BinariesVPP/HostStackVPP/HostStack/BuiltinEchoClientServer
VPP/HotplugVPP/How To Build The Sample PluginVPP/How To Connect A PCI Interface To VPP
VPP/How To Optimize Performance (System Tuning)VPP/How To Use The API Trace ToolsVPP/How To Use The C API
VPP/How To Use The Packet Generator and Packet TracerVPP/How to Create a VPP binary control-plane APIVPP/How to add a tunnel encapsulation
VPP/IPSec and IKEv2VPP/IP adjacency introductionVPP/IPv6 SR VIRL topology file
VPP/Installing VPP binaries from packagesVPP/Interconnecting vRouters with VPPVPP/Introduction To IP Adjacency
VPP/Introduction To N-tuple ClassifiersVPP/Java APIVPP/Java API/Plugin support
VPP/MeetingVPP/Missing PrefetchesVPP/Modifying The Packet Processing Directed Graph
VPP/NATVPP/OVNVPP/Per-feature Notes
VPP/Performance Analysis ToolsVPP/Progressive VPP TutorialVPP/Pulling, Building, Running, Hacking and Pushing VPP Code
VPP/Pure L3 Between Namespaces with /32sVPP/Pure L3 Container NetworkingVPP/Pushing and Testing a Tag
VPP/PythonVersionPolicyVPP/Python APIVPP/QuickTrexSetup
VPP/RMVPP/Random Hints and Kinks for KVM usageVPP/STN Testing
VPP/SecurityGroupsVPP/Segment Routing for IPv6VPP/Segment Routing for MPLS
VPP/Setting Up Your Dev EnvironmentVPP/Software ArchitectureVPP/The VPP API
VPP/Training EventsVPP/TroubleshootingVPP/Troubleshooting/BuildIssues
VPP/Troubleshooting/VagrantVPP/Tutorial DPDK and MacSwapVPP/Tutorial Routing and Switching
VPP/TutorialsVPP/Use VPP to Chain VMs Using Vhost-User InterfaceVPP/Use VPP to connect VMs Using Vhost-User Interface
VPP/Using VPP In A Multi-thread ModelVPP/Using VPP as a VXLAN Tunnel TerminatorVPP/Using mTCP user mode TCP stack with VPP
VPP/VPPConfigVPP/VPPHostStack/TestHttpServerVPP/VPP BFD Nexus
VPP/VPP Home GatewayVPP/What is ODP4VPP?VPP/What is VPP?
VPP/Working with the 16.06 Throttle BranchVPP/c2cpelVPP/cpel
VPP/jira workflowVPP/perftopVPP/project-meeting-minutes
VPPHostStackVPP - Working EnvironmentsVPP 16.06 DPDK Patchset
VPP SandboxVPP Sandbox/flowtableVPP Sandbox/mmb
VPP Sandbox/routerVPP Sandbox/turbotapVPP Sandbox/vpp-userdemo
VPP Usability Track