Distributions packaging Open vSwitch

This document lists various popular distributions packaging Open vSwitch. Open vSwitch is packaged by various distributions for multiple platforms and architectures.


The packaged version available with distributions may not be latest Open vSwitch release.

Debian / Ubuntu

You can use apt-get or aptitude to install the .deb packages and must be superuser.

1. Debian and Ubuntu has openvswitch-switch and openvswitch-common packages that includes the core userspace components of the switch. Extra packages for documentation, ipsec, pki, VTEP and Python support are also available. The Open vSwitch kernel datapath is maintained as part of the upstream kernel available in the distribution.

2. For fast userspace switching, Open vSwitch with DPDK support is bundled in the package openvswitch-switch-dpdk.


Fedora provides openvswitch, openvswitch-devel, openvswitch-test and openvswitch-debuginfo rpm packages. You can install openvswitch package in minimum installation. Use yum or dnf to install the rpm packages and must be superuser.

Red Hat

RHEL distributes openvswitch rpm package that supports kernel datapath. DPDK accelerated Open vSwitch can be installed using openvswitch-dpdk package.


OpenSUSE provides openvswitch, openvswitch-switch rpm packages. Also openvswitch-dpdk and openvswitch-dpdk-switch can be installed for Open vSwitch using DPDK accelerated datapath.