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IPTABLES-XML(1)                 iptables 1.4.21                IPTABLES-XML(1)

       iptables-xml -- Convert iptables-save format to XML

       iptables-xml [-c] [-v]

       iptables-xml  is used to convert the output of iptables-save into an easily manipulatable XML format to STDOUT.
       Use I/O-redirection provided by your shell to write to a file.

       -c, --combine
              combine consecutive rules with the same matches but different targets. iptables does not currently  sup-
              port  more  than one target per match, so this simulates that by collecting the targets from consecutive
              iptables rules into one action tag, but only when the rule matches are  identical.  Terminating  actions
              like RETURN, DROP, ACCEPT and QUEUE are not combined with subsequent targets.

       -v, --verbose
              Output xml comments containing the iptables line from which the XML is derived

       iptables-xml  does  a  mechanistic conversion to a very expressive xml format; the only semantic considerations
       are for -g and -j targets in order to discriminate between <call> <goto> and <nane-of-target> as it  helps  xml
       processing scripts if they can tell the difference between a target like SNAT and another chain.

       Some sample output is:

         <table name="mangle">
           <chain name="PREROUTING" policy="ACCEPT" packet-count="63436" byte-count="7137573">
         </table> </iptables-rules>

       Conversion  from XML to iptables-save format may be done using the iptables.xslt script and xsltproc, or a cus-
       tom program using libxsltproc or similar; in this fashion:

       xsltproc iptables.xslt my-iptables.xml | iptables-restore

       None known as of iptables-1.3.7 release

       Sam Liddicott <>

       iptables-save(8), iptables-restore(8), iptables(8)

iptables 1.4.21                                                IPTABLES-XML(1)