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trozet and girishmg Fixes default Network Policy to allow ARP
With recent changes to OVN to block untracked traffic like ARP, we now
need to explicitly allow it in the default ACLs.

Closes: #1076

Signed-off-by: Tim Rozet <>
Latest commit f706ef4 Feb 19, 2020

How to use Open Virtual Networking with Kubernetes

On Linux, the easiest way to get started is to use OVN daemonset and deployments.

Install Open vSwitch kernel modules on all hosts.

Most Linux distributions come with openvswitch kernel module by default. You can check its existence with modinfo openvswitch. The features that OVN needs are only available in kernel 4.6 and greater. But, you can also install openvswitch kernel module from the openvswitch repository to get all the features OVN needs (and any possible bug fixes) for any kernel.

To install openvswitch kernel module from openvswitch repo manually, please read INSTALL.rst. For a quick start on Ubuntu, you can install the kernel module package by:

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
echo "deb /" |  sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openvswitch.list
wget -O - |  sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get build-dep dkms
sudo apt-get install openvswitch-datapath-dkms -y

Run daemonset and deployments

On Kubernetes master, label it to run daemonsets.

kubectl taint nodes --all

Create OVN daemonset and deployment yamls from templates by running the commands below: (The $MASTER_IP below is the IP address of the machine where kube-apiserver is running). Note, when specifying the pod CIDR to the command below, will generate a /24 subnet prefix to create per-node CIDRs. Ensure your pod subnet is has a prefix less than 24, or edit hte generated ovn-setup.yaml and specify a host subnet prefix. For example, providing a net-cidr of "" would require modifying ovn-setup.yaml with a host subnet prefix as follows:

  net_cidr:      ""

Where "/25" is just chosen for this example, but may be any legitimate prefix value greater than 24.

# Clone ovn-kubernetes repo
mkdir -p $HOME/work/src/
cd $HOME/work/src/
git clone
cd $HOME/work/src/
./ \
    --net-cidr= --svc-cidr= \
    --gateway-mode="local" \

Apply OVN daemonset and deployment yamls.

# Create OVN namespace, service accounts, ovnkube-db headless service, configmap, and policies
kubectl create -f $HOME/work/src/

# Run ovnkube-db deployment.
kubectl create -f $HOME/work/src/

# Run ovnkube-master deployment.
kubectl create -f $HOME/work/src/

# Run ovnkube daemonset for nodes
kubectl create -f $HOME/work/src/

NOTE: You don't need kube-proxy for OVN to work. You can delete that from your cluster.

Manual installation and Vagrant

For Windows, (and to understand what daemonsets run internally), please read For more advanced use cases too (like SSL, HA of databases, and various gateway modes supported), please read

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