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IPTABLES-XML(1) iptables 1.6.0 IPTABLES-XML(1)


iptables-xml — Convert iptables-save format to XML


iptables-xml [-c] [-v]


iptables-xml is used to convert the output of iptables-save into an
easily manipulatable XML format to STDOUT. Use I/O-redirection pro‐
vided by your shell to write to a file.

-c, –combine
combine consecutive rules with the same matches but different
targets. iptables does not currently support more than one tar‐
get per match, so this simulates that by collecting the targets
from consecutive iptables rules into one action tag, but only
when the rule matches are identical. Terminating actions like
RETURN, DROP, ACCEPT and QUEUE are not combined with subsequent

-v, –verbose
Output xml comments containing the iptables line from which the
XML is derived

iptables-xml does a mechanistic conversion to a very expressive xml
format; the only semantic considerations are for -g and -j targets in
order to discriminate between and as it
helps xml processing scripts if they can tell the difference between a
target like SNAT and another chain.

Some sample output is:



Conversion from XML to iptables-save format may be done using the ipta‐
bles.xslt script and xsltproc, or a custom program using libxsltproc or
similar; in this fashion:

xsltproc iptables.xslt my-iptables.xml | iptables-restore


None known as of iptables-1.3.7 release


Sam Liddicott


iptables-save(8), iptables-restore(8), iptables(8)

iptables 1.6.0 IPTABLES-XML(1)