GENL(8) Linux GENL(8)

genl - generic netlink utility frontend

genl [ -s[tatistics] ] [ -d[etails] ] [ -r[aw] ] OBJECT

genl { -V[ersion] | -h[elp] }

OBJECT := { ctrl CTRL_OPTS }

CTRL_OPTS := { help | list | monitor | get PARMS }

PARMS := { name NAME | id ID }

The genl utility provides a simple frontend to the generic netlink library. Although it's designed to support multiple OBJECTs, for now only the ctrl object is available, which is used to query the generic netlink controller.

The generic netlink controller can be queried in various ways:

This command just prints a help text for the ctrl object.
Show the registered netlink users.
Listen for generic netlink notifications.
Query the controller for a given user, identified either by name or id.

genl supports the following options.

Show summary of options.
Show version of program.
Show object statistics.
Show object details.
Dump raw output only.


genl was written by Jamal Hadi Salim <>.

This manual page was written by Petr Sabata <>.

29 Oct 2015 iproute2