CentOS 8

This document describes installation from source. If you want to build an RPM, see Packaging Red Hat.

Install required packages

Add packages:

sudo dnf install --enablerepo=PowerTools git autoconf pcre-devel \
  automake libtool make readline-devel texinfo net-snmp-devel pkgconfig \
  groff pkgconfig json-c-devel pam-devel bison flex python2-pytest \
  c-ares-devel python2-devel libcap-devel \
  elfutils-libelf-devel libunwind-devel \


The libunwind library is optional but highly recommended, as it improves backtraces printed for crashes and debugging. However, if it is not available for some reason, it can simply be left out without any loss of functionality.

FRR depends on the relatively new libyang library to provide YANG/NETCONF support. Unfortunately, most distributions do not yet offer a libyang package from their repositories. Therefore we offer two options to install this library.

Option 1: Binary Install

The FRR project builds some binary libyang packages.

RPM packages are at our RPM repository.

DEB packages are available as CI artifacts here.


libyang version 2.1.128 or newer is required to build FRR.


The libyang development packages need to be installed in addition to the libyang core package in order to build FRR successfully. Make sure to download and install those from the link above alongside the binary packages.

Depending on your platform, you may also need to install the PCRE development package. Typically this is libpcre2-dev or pcre2-devel.

Option 2: Source Install


Ensure that the libyang build requirements are met before continuing. Usually this entails installing cmake and libpcre2-dev or pcre2-devel.

git clone https://github.com/CESNET/libyang.git
cd libyang
git checkout v2.1.128
mkdir build; cd build
      -D CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE:String="Release" ..
sudo make install

Get FRR, compile it and install it (from Git)

This assumes you want to build and install FRR from source and not using any packages

Add frr groups and user

sudo groupadd -g 92 frr
sudo groupadd -r -g 85 frrvty
sudo useradd -u 92 -g 92 -M -r -G frrvty -s /sbin/nologin \
  -c "FRR FRRouting suite" -d /var/run/frr frr

Download Source, configure and compile it

(You may prefer different options on configure statement. These are just an example.)

git clone https://github.com/frrouting/frr.git frr
cd frr
./configure \
    --bindir=/usr/bin \
    --sbindir=/usr/lib/frr \
    --libdir=/usr/lib/frr \
    --libexecdir=/usr/lib/frr \
    --with-moduledir=/usr/lib/frr/modules \
    --enable-snmp=agentx \
    --enable-multipath=64 \
    --enable-user=frr \
    --enable-group=frr \
    --enable-vty-group=frrvty \
    --disable-ldpd \
    --enable-fpm \
    --with-pkg-git-version \
    --with-pkg-extra-version=-MyOwnFRRVersion \
make check
sudo make install

Create empty FRR configuration files

sudo mkdir /var/log/frr
sudo mkdir /etc/frr
sudo touch /etc/frr/zebra.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/bgpd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/ospfd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/ospf6d.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/isisd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/ripd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/ripngd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/pimd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/nhrpd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/eigrpd.conf
sudo touch /etc/frr/babeld.conf
sudo chown -R frr:frr /etc/frr/
sudo touch /etc/frr/vtysh.conf
sudo chown frr:frrvty /etc/frr/vtysh.conf
sudo chmod 640 /etc/frr/*.conf

Install daemon config file

sudo install -p -m 644 tools/etc/frr/daemons /etc/frr/
sudo chown frr:frr /etc/frr/daemons

Edit /etc/frr/daemons as needed to select the required daemons

Look for the section with watchfrr_enable=... and zebra=... etc. Enable the daemons as required by changing the value to yes

Enable IP & IPv6 forwarding

Create a new file /etc/sysctl.d/90-routing-sysctl.conf with the following content:

# Sysctl for routing
# Routing: We need to forward packets

Load the modified sysctl’s on the system:

sudo sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/90-routing-sysctl.conf

Install frr Service

sudo install -p -m 644 tools/frr.service /usr/lib/systemd/system/frr.service

Register the systemd files

sudo systemctl preset frr.service

Enable required frr at startup

sudo systemctl enable frr

Reboot or start FRR manually

sudo systemctl start frr