Open vSwitch is a multilayer virtual switch licensed by Apache 2.0. It is designed to enable massive network automation through programmable extensions. This command displays an Open vSwitch instance on the switch.

Syntax   openvswitch-show name name-string type vnet-mgr|vrouter|vlb|dhcp|dns|netzone|ofpd|orphaned|netvm|nat| openstack|netvmm|ovs scope local|fabric vnet vnet-name is-global true|false location fabric-node name cert-name cert-name-string cert-location none|global|container db-conn-type unix-socket|tcp|punix-socket-listen|tcp-listen|ssl|default db-ip ip-address db-port db-port-number db-socket db-socket-string tunnel-ip ip-address global-vtep|local-vtep

name name-string

Specify a name for the Open vSwitch instance.

Specify any of the following options:

type vnet-mgr|vrouter|vlb|dhcp|dns|netzone|ofpd|orphaned|netvm|nat| openstack|netvmm|ovs

Specify the type of VNET.

scope local|fabric

Specify the scope for Open vSwitch.

vnet vnet-name

Specify the name of the VNET for Open vSwitch.

is-global true|false

Specify if service is global.

location fabric-node name

Specify the location of the Open vSwitch instance.

cert-name cert-name-string

Specify the certificate name for SSL connections.

ca-cert-name ca-cert-name-string

Specify the CA Certificate name for SSL connections.

cert-location none|global|container

Specify the Certificate location - global or within container.

db-conn-type unix-socket|tcp|punix-socket-listen|tcp-listen|ssl|default

Specify the type of database connection.

db-ip ip-address

Specify the IP address of the database.

db-port db-port-number

Specify the port number to listen on for the database.

db-socket db-socket-string

Specify the socket for the database.

mode standalone|master|slave


tunnel-ip ip-address

Specify the IP address for the tunnel.


Specify the hardware VTEP associated with Open vSwitch.


Specify if you want to enable BFD for OVSDB created tunnels.

Formatting Options

format fields-to-display

Display output using a specific parameter. Use all to display all possible output.

parsable-delim character

Display output formatted for machine parsing using a specified delimiter.


Display output in ascending order.


Display output in descending order.

show dups

Display duplicate entries in the output.

layout vertical|horizontal

Format the output in a vertical or horizontal layout.

show-interval seconds-interval

Repeat the show command at a specified interval.


Display column headers or not.

limit-output number

Limit the display output to a specific number of entries.


Display the number of entries in the output. This is useful with vRouter show commands.


Display full values in the output instead of scaled approximate values.


Display integer values instead of mapped values


Aggregate output by specific parameters. If sum-by fields are specified, records that have the same value in sum-by fields are combined and displayed as one aggregate record. NOTE: This option is only available for show commands that collect statistics such as connection-stats-show.

Defaults   None

Access   CLI

History   .

Version 2.4

Command introduced.

Version 2.4.1

The parameters, tunnel and vtep, added.

Version 2.5.4

The parameter, shared-vnet-mgr, cert-name, ca-cert-name, and cert-location added.

Version 2.6.2

The parameter, mode, added.

Version 3.0.0

The parameter, bfd, added.

Usage   Use this command to display Open vSwitch instance information on a VNET.

Examples  To display an Open vSwitch instance, Open-One, use the following command:

CLI network-admin@switch > openvswitch-show name Open-One