Flexible iptables management bypassing the need for order specification




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Version information

  • 2.1.0 (latest)
  • 2.0.0-alpha
  • 2.0.0
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.0
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.1
  • 0.1.0
released Aug 11th 2020
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x, 2018.1.x, 2017.3.x, 2017.2.x, 2017.1.x, 2016.5.x, 2016.4.x
  • Puppet >=3.8.0
  • RedHat

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mighq/iptables — version 2.1.0 Aug 11th 2020



Flexible iptables management by puppet.

Based on concept of "immutable" and "open" chains.

immutable / builtin

Chain, which is defined at once, on one place in catalogue. The order of rules is fixed. Cannot be changed later in catalogue.

Builtin chains also have default policy attribute, they are like immutable otherwise.


Chain defined without rules in it. Rules can be added from multiple places in catalogue. Order of rules does not matter.


Chain which is defined to be created and can be referenced, but puppet will ignore its contents. Good for chains, which are managed by some other software (ie. docker).

As an alternative, these chains can be declared in a "wildcard" (or rather - regexp) fashion. This does not cause the module to create any chains (as the exact name to be created is not known), but any matching chain will be fully preserved, including all rules, counters etc, when ruleset is applied to kernel.

Example usage

# manage iptables
include iptables

# define structure of input rules
iptables::chain::builtin { 'filter:INPUT':
  policy => 'DROP',
  jumps  => [

# we are not router, drop forwarding
iptables::chain::builtin { 'filter:FORWARD':
  policy => 'DROP',

# define structure of NAT rules
iptables::chain::builtin { 'nat:PREROUTING':
  policy => 'ACCEPT',
  jumps  => [

# immutable chain, where the rule order matters
iptables::chain::immutable { 'nat:LOAD_BALANCE':
  comment => 'balance web traffic to 2 workers',
  rules => [
    '-m tcp -p tcp --dport 80 -m statistic --mode nth --every 2 -j DNAT --to-destination',
    '-m tcp -p tcp --dport 80 -m statistic --mode nth --every 1 -j DNAT --to-destination',

# create chain for docker forwarding rules but do not manage the content
iptables::chain::unmanaged { 'filter:DOCKER-USER' :
  comment => 'Used by Docker',

# preserve Calico chains when refreshing the ruleset
iptables::chain::unmanaged { 'filter:/cali-(fw|tw)-cali[0-9a-f]{11}/' :
  comment => 'Calico forwarding chains',

# flexible chain for adding services (rule order does not matter)
iptables::chain::open { 'filter:SERVICES':
  comment => 'put allowed services here',

# allow web server
iptables::rule { 'ssh server':
  table   => 'filter',
  chain   => 'SERVICES',
  command => '-m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT',

# allow mail server
iptables::rule { 'mail server':
  table   => 'filter',
  chain   => 'SERVICES',
  command => '-m tcp -p tcp --dport 25 -j ACCEPT',

Known problems

  • does not sync definition file with runtime settings in the kernel, only on file refresh
  • support for IPv4 only