Default variables: configuration

Some of debops.ifupdown default variables have more extensive configuration than simple strings or lists, here you can find documentation and examples for them.


This is a list of dicts, each dict defines a network interface. The basic configuration is very similar to how /etc/network/interfaces is configured, you can read about it on the Debian Wiki NetworkConfiguration page.

Each interface definition requires at least the iface parameter. Other parameters are (mostly) optional and usually change how the network interface is configured. For example, to specify that a given interface is a bridge, you need to select a specific type:

- iface: 'br0'
  type: 'bridge'

List of interface parameters


Name of the interface, required. Multiple interfaces with the same names can be configured at the same time (IPv4 and IPv6 interface configuration is defined separately).

Examples: eth0, br0, vlan1000, bond0

Interface type, either interface, bridge, vlan, bond, or mapping. Each interface type may have their own additional parameters, which might be optional or required. If type is not specified, interface is used.
Alternative name of the interface type, used in the comments and filename.

Boolean variable (True/False). If present, the interface configuration can be generated or not depending on a variable, for example:

- iface: 'br2'
  enabled: '{{ interface_active | bool }}'
inet | inet6

This parameter determines the “family” of given interface configuration, either IPv4 or IPv6 (in ifupdown each family on a given interface is configured in a separate “stanza”).

You should use only one of them for each interface definition. If none are used, inet (IPv4) is assumed. If both are used, inet6 (IPv6) takes precedence.

The value of this parameter specifies what configuration method is used to configure given interface. It can be dhcp, static, manual or other methods, depending on what each interface type allows. See interfaces(5) for a list of available methods. If parameter is not specified, dhcp is used as default for IPv4 network.

Boolean variable (True/False) which determines if a given network interface will be brought up automatically at system start. By default all interfaces are configured to start automatically (True).
Name or list of names of “subsystems” which can enable the interface, for example hotplug. By default, if nothing is specified and interface is not configured manually, allow-hotplug will be added automatically so that the systemd ifup@.service unit can work correctly.

List of IPv4 or IPv6 addresses in the host/prefix format which should be configured on this interface. You can specify multiple IPv4 or IPv6 addresses, they will be filtered according to the interface “family” - this allows you to keep all of the host IP addresses in one list.

The IP addresses will be configured in the order they are listed. If the interface is configured as static, the first IPv4 address will be the main one, the rest will be added with numbered labels. When the interface is configured to get its IP address via DHCP, all IPv4 addresses will be added with numbered labels.

IP address of the gateway configured for this interface; only one gateway can be configured at the moment.
Specify a string which will be added to the interface name as a label. Labeled interface configuration is stored in separate configuration files in /etc/network/interfaces.d/.
YAML text block with additional options added to the interface configuration. You can specify here custom commands, nameservers, search domains, etc. See interfaces(5) for more details about what can be configured.

Name of other network interface which this interface might depend on. Usage depends on the interface type.

In bridge interfaces, you can specify the name or list of interfaces to add to the bridge.

In vlan interfaces, you can define the name of the interface used as vlan_raw_device.

In 6to4 interface, you can specify the name of the interface which will be checked for IPv4 address to use to configure the IPv6 6to4 tunnel.

ports | bridge_ports
Alternative names for list of ports to add to a given bridge.
device | vlan_device | vlan_raw_device
Alternative names for the name of the interface to use as VLAN raw device.
If you specify a name of an interface with this parameter, debops.ifupdown will check if that interface exists (usually these are physical interfaces like eth0). If the interface exists, the role will generate the configuration of an interface with this parameter. If it does not, the configuration won’t be generated.
Boolean variable (True/False) which specifies the state of the item.port_present interface that you want, either active (True, port has a connection) or inactive (False, port does not have connection). If the port is not in a given state, then the configuration won’t be generated.
Numerical value added at the beginning of the interface configuration file. If not specified, a value will be set from ifupdown_interface_weight_map variable depending on the type of the interface.
Name of the configuration file to generate. If not specified, an unique configuration file name will created, based on the interface type, interface name, label and interface family.
If specified and True, the configuration file for a given interface will be deleted from /etc/network/interfaces.d/ and won’t be generated again.
If specified and True force the role to generate a specified interface, even if various conditions say otherwise.
By default when the interface configuration changes, the debops.ifupdown role will automatically stop that interface and start it again. If this parameter is present and True, the role will stop the interface and generate a script in /tmp directory which can be used to start it again from another Ansible role or manually.

Example interface configuration

Configuration examples can be found in the var/ directory of the debops.ifupdown role, or on GitHub. If you want to use them as a base for your own configuration, add them to the ifupdown_interfaces list in Ansible’s inventory, so they can override the defaults.