Fedora, RHEL 7.x Packaging for Open vSwitch

This document provides instructions for building and installing Open vSwitch RPM packages on a Fedora Linux host. Instructions for the installation of Open vSwitch on a Fedora Linux host without using RPM packages can be found in the Open vSwitch on Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD.

These instructions have been tested with Fedora 23, and are also applicable for RHEL 7.x and its derivatives, including CentOS 7.x and Scientific Linux 7.x.

Build Requirements

You will need to install all required packages to build the RPMs. Newer distributions use dnf but if it’s not available, then use yum instructions.

The command below will install RPM tools and generic build dependencies. And (optionally) include these packages: libcap-ng libcap-ng-devel dpdk-devel.


$ dnf install @'Development Tools' rpm-build dnf-plugins-core


$ yum install @'Development Tools' rpm-build yum-utils

Then it is necessary to install Open vSwitch specific build dependencies. The dependencies are listed in the SPEC file, but first it is necessary to replace the VERSION tag to be a valid SPEC.

The command below will create a temporary SPEC file:

$ sed -e 's/@VERSION@/0.0.1/' rhel/openvswitch-fedora.spec.in \
  > /tmp/ovs.spec

And to install specific dependencies, use the corresponding tool below. For some of the dependencies on RHEL you may need to add two additional repositories to help yum-builddep, e.g.:

$ subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-extras-rpms
$ subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-optional-rpms

or for RHEL 8:

$ subscription-manager repos \


$ dnf builddep /tmp/ovs.spec


$ yum-builddep /tmp/ovs.spec

Once that is completed, remove the file /tmp/ovs.spec.


Refer to Bootstrapping.


Refer to Configuring.


User Space RPMs

To build Open vSwitch user-space RPMs, execute the following from the directory in which ./configure was executed:

$ make rpm-fedora

This will create the RPMs openvswitch, python3-openvswitch, openvswitch-test, openvswitch-devel and openvswitch-debuginfo.

To enable DPDK support in the openvswitch package, the --with dpdk option can be added:

$ make rpm-fedora RPMBUILD_OPT="--with dpdk --without check"

To enable AF_XDP support in the openvswitch package, the --with afxdp option can be added:

$ make rpm-fedora RPMBUILD_OPT="--with afxdp --without check"

You can also have the above commands automatically run the Open vSwitch unit tests. This can take several minutes.

$ make rpm-fedora RPMBUILD_OPT="--with check"


RPM packages can be installed by using the command rpm -i. Package installation requires superuser privileges.

In most cases only the openvswitch RPM will need to be installed. The python3-openvswitch, openvswitch-test, openvswitch-devel, and openvswitch-debuginfo RPMs are optional unless required for a specific purpose.

Refer to the RHEL README for additional usage and configuration information.

Reporting Bugs

Report problems to bugs@openvswitch.org.