IPTABLES-SAVE(8)               iptables 1.6.1               IPTABLES-SAVE(8)

NAME         top

       iptables-save — dump iptables rules

       ip6tables-save — dump iptables rules

SYNOPSIS         top

       iptables-save [-M modprobe] [-c] [-t table] [-f filename]

       ip6tables-save [-M modprobe] [-c] [-t table] [-f filename]

DESCRIPTION         top

       iptables-save and ip6tables-save are used to dump the contents of IP
       or IPv6 Table in easily parseable format either to STDOUT or to a
       specified file.

       -M, --modprobe modprobe_program
              Specify the path to the modprobe program. By default,
              iptables-save will inspect /proc/sys/kernel/modprobe to
              determine the executable's path.

       -f, --file filename
              Specify a filename to log the output to. If not specified,
              iptables-save will log to STDOUT.

       -c, --counters
              include the current values of all packet and byte counters in
              the output

       -t, --table tablename
              restrict output to only one table. If not specified, output
              includes all available tables.

BUGS         top

       None known as of iptables-1.2.1 release

AUTHORS         top

       Harald Welte <>
       Rusty Russell <>
       Andras Kis-Szabo <> contributed ip6tables-save.

SEE ALSO         top

       iptables-restore(8), iptables(8)

       The iptables-HOWTO, which details more iptables usage, the NAT-HOWTO,
       which details NAT, and the netfilter-hacking-HOWTO which details the

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