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Cloudflare RPKI Validator Tools and Libraries


This software is no longer maintained. We advise replacing your production use of this software with the swap-in replacement rpki-client

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cfrpki is a collection of tools and libraries to perform RPKI relying party software operations.

This is the home of the OctoRPKI validator.

To get started with Cloudflare's Relying Party software, go to the section OctoRPKI 🐙.


This software comes with no warranties.

Getting started


A RPKI validator performs cryptographic validation on the RPKI data provided by the Regional Internet Registries (RIR). Every network can verify that the routing information data (prefixes and ASN) was not tampered with.

Cloudflare develops and uses OctoRPKI. It is the data provider behind (including the rpki.json). It is also used in production by multiple networks.

Cloudflare RPKI Dashboard


OctoRPKI requires bootstrap file in order to fetch the RPKI data. The Trust Anchor Location (TAL) indicates endpoints (rsync/https) hosted by Internet Resources holders (IP addresses and ASN), the RIRs. By default, ARIN, Afrinic, APNIC, LACNIC and RIPE TALs are shipped with this software.

This application periodically refreshes the data provided by the RIRs and the delegated organizations. It keeps exploring the RPKI repositories until it reaches a stable state (no new endpoints added). By default, when unstable, the server will return 503 in order to avoid distributing partial data.

The initial cold start require a few iterations which take 5 to 10 minutes (around 500MB are downloaded). A refresh is much faster.

  • Fetching root certificate listed in TAL
  • Fetching repositories listed in the root certificates (RRDP and rsync)
  • Fetching sub-repositories (National Internet Registries and delegated organizations)

Once it reaches a stable state, it generates a JSON list of Route Object Authorization (ROA). A ROA associates an IP prefix with an ASN that is allowed to announce the route via BGP. By default it is available on http://localhost:8081/output.json. The current file size is around 20MB.

To use this tool with your network devices, you need to connect a RTR server which will read the JSON. It is officially supported by GoRTR.

The list can be signed using ECDSA signatures to be redistributed more securely (via a CDN or caches).

Metrics are provided on /metrics Prometheus endpoint.

To install the validator, you have multiple options:

  • Fetch a binary/packages on the Releases page
  • Use Docker
  • Compile it


First, go to the Releases tab, download the latest version matching your platform.

To install the Linux deb package and start it:

$ sudo dpkg -i octorpki_1.1.4_amd64.deb
$ sudo systemctl start octorpki

You can get the logs using:

$ sudo journalctl -fu octorpki

Please note the configuration parameters are in /etc/default/octorpki. They match the CLI arguments ($ octorpki -h to list them).

For instance, if you want to change the port:

sudo echo OCTORPKI_ARGS=-http.addr :8081 | sudo tee /etc/default/octorpki

Do not forget to add the ARIN TAL: /usr/share/octorpki/tals/arin.tal

If you fetch a standalone binary (eg: octorpki-v1.1.4-linux-x86_64), by default, it will fetch the TALs in ./tals folder and use ./cache to store the RPKI repository data. Make sure you download put all the TALs in the correct folder.

Once OctoRPKI completed its first validation, you can access the ROAs list at the following address: http://localhost:8081/output.json.

By default, the validator is configured to sign the output. We advise that you generate an ECDSA key. Follow the instructions in the GoRTR section. You can disable the signature by passing -output.sign=false to the program.


OctoRPKI is available a docker container. Add the TAL files in the tals/ folder.

$ mkdir tals && mkdir cache && touch cache/rrdp.json
$ chmod 770 -R tals && chmod 770 -R cache && chmod 770 cache/rrdp.json
$ docker run -ti --net=host -v $PWD/tals:/tals -v $PWD/cache:/cache -p 8081:8081 cloudflare/octorpki

Depending on your Docker configuration, you may need to specify --net=host and set permissions for the files in order to avoid errors.

Using the default settings, you can access the generated ROAs list on http://localhost:8081/output.json.


The source of OctoRPKI is in the folder cmd/octorpki. Make sure you have the Go toolkit installed.

You can then build using go build

$ cd cmd/octorpki && go build

The binary is now available in the same directory.

Have a look at the Makefile for more targets to compile or generate a Docker image.

In order to send the computed list of ROAs to the router, the router must be connected to a cache using RTR protocol.

OctoRPKI does not embed a RTR server. Since generating list of ROAs takes a lot of compute time, it was designed separate the distribution of files from the cryptographic operations.

GoRTR was created by Cloudflare to use a list of ROAs from either OctoRPKI or similar validators able to produce a JSON file.

To connect with GoRTR securely, you will need to setup a private key.

$ openssl ecparam -genkey -name prime256v1 -noout -outform pem > private.pem

You can force OctoRPKI to use the key by passing -output.sign.key private.pem.

Then extract the public key

$ openssl ec -in private.pem -pubout -outform pem > public.pem

If OctoRPKI is running locally using the default port and file (http://localhost:8081/output.json), you can connect GoRTR:

$ gortr -verify.key public.pem -cache http://localhost:8081/output.json

To disable signing, use the following flag on OctoRPKI -output.sign=false and -verify=false on GoRTR.

The repository's page gives more details on how to configure network devices to use GoRTR.


Check page to see how you can setup dashboards, distributed tracing and error logging.



ov origin validation library. You can pass prefixes and it will match against ROAs.

sync/lib can synchronize RRDP and rsync repositories.

validator/pki maintains a certificate store and performs validation.

validator/lib decode and encode RPKI resources.


cmd/localrpki performs validation against locally stored files and generate a JSON prefix list.

cmd/ctrpki performs simple validation against files and send them to a Certificate Transparency Log.

cmd/octorpki complete validator software, with RRDP and rsync. See the section below for more information.