Node network state is the network configuration for all nodes in the cluster.

About nmstate

OpenShift Container Platform uses nmstate to report on and configure the state of the node network. This makes it possible to modify network policy configuration, such as by creating a Linux bridge on all nodes, by applying a single configuration manifest to the cluster.

Node networking is monitored and updated by the following objects:


Reports the state of the network on that node.


Describes the requested network configuration on nodes. You update the node network configuration, including adding and removing interfaces, by applying a NodeNetworkConfigurationPolicy manifest to the cluster.


Reports the network policies enacted upon each node.

OpenShift Container Platform supports the use of the following nmstate interface types:

  • Linux Bridge

  • VLAN

  • Bond

  • Ethernet

If your OpenShift Container Platform cluster uses OVN-Kubernetes as the network plugin, you cannot make configuration changes to the br-ex bridge or its underlying interfaces. As a workaround, use a secondary network interface connected to your host or switch to the OpenShift SDN network plugin.

Viewing the network state of a node by using the CLI

A NodeNetworkState object exists on every node in the cluster. This object is periodically updated and captures the state of the network for that node.

  1. List all the NodeNetworkState objects in the cluster:

    $ oc get nns
  2. Inspect a NodeNetworkState object to view the network on that node. The output in this example has been redacted for clarity:

    $ oc get nns node01 -o yaml
    Example output
    apiVersion: nmstate.io/v1
    kind: NodeNetworkState
      name: node01 (1)
      currentState: (2)
    # ...
    # ...
    # ...
    # ...
      lastSuccessfulUpdateTime: "2020-01-31T12:14:00Z" (3)
    1 The name of the NodeNetworkState object is taken from the node.
    2 The currentState contains the complete network configuration for the node, including DNS, interfaces, and routes.
    3 Timestamp of the last successful update. This is updated periodically as long as the node is reachable and can be used to evalute the freshness of the report.

Viewing the network state of a node from the web console

As an administrator, you can use the OpenShift Container Platform web console to observe NodeNetworkState resources and network interfaces, and access network details.

  1. Navigate to NetworkingNodeNetworkState.

    In the NodeNetworkState page, you can view the list of NodeNetworkState resources and the corresponding interfaces that are created on the nodes. You can use Filter based on Interface state, Interface type, and IP, or the search bar based on criteria Name or Label, to narrow down the displayed NodeNetworkState resources.

  2. To access the detailed information about NodeNetworkState resource, click the NodeNetworkState resource name listed in the Name column .

  3. to expand and view the Network Details section for the NodeNetworkState resource, click the > icon . Alternatively, you can click on each interface type under the Network interface column to view the network details.