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This is a mirror of bpf-next Linux source tree's tools/bpf/bpftool directory, plus its few dependencies from under kernel/bpf/, and its supporting header files.

All the gory details of syncing can be found in scripts/sync-kernel.sh script.

Some header files in this repo (include/linux/*.h) are reduced versions of their counterpart files at bpf-next's tools/include/linux/*.h to make compilation successful.

BPF/bpftool usage and questions

Please check out the manual pages for documentation about bpftool. A number of example invocations are also displayed in this blog post.

All general BPF questions, including kernel functionality, bpftool features and usage, should be sent to bpf@vger.kernel.org mailing list. You can subscribe to it here and search its archive here. Please search the archive before asking new questions. It very well might be that this was already addressed or answered before.

bpf@vger.kernel.org is monitored by many more people and they will happily try to help you with whatever issue you have. This repository's PRs and issues should be opened only for dealing with issues pertaining to specific way this bpftool mirror repo is set up and organized.



  • libelf
  • zlib


  • libbfd (for dumping JIT-compiled program instructions)
  • libcap (for better feature probing)
  • kernel BTF information (for profiling programs or showing PIDs of processes referencing BPF objects)
  • clang/LLVM (idem)

Build build

Initialize libbpf submodule

This repository uses libbpf as a submodule. You can initialize it when cloning bpftool:

$ git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/libbpf/bpftool.git

Alternatively, if you have already cloned the repository, you can initialize the submodule by running the following command from within the repository:

$ git submodule update --init

Build bpftool

To build bpftool:

$ cd src
$ make

To build and install bpftool on the system:

$ cd src
# make install

Building bpftool in a separate directory is supported via the OUTPUT variable:

$ mkdir /tmp/bpftool
$ cd src
$ OUTPUT=/tmp/bpftool make

Most of the output is suppressed by default, but detailed building logs can be displayed by passing V=1:

$ cd src
$ make V=1

Additional compilation flags can be passed to the command line if required. For example, we can create a static build with the following commands:

$ cd src
$ EXTRA_CFLAGS=--static make

Note that to use the LLVM disassembler with static builds, we need a static version of the LLVM library installed on the system:

  1. Download a precompiled LLVM release or build it locally.

    • Download the appropriate release of LLVM for your platform, for example on x86_64 with LLVM 15.0.0:

      $ curl -LO https://github.com/llvm/llvm-project/releases/download/llvmorg-15.0.0/clang+llvm-15.0.0-x86_64-linux-gnu-rhel-8.4.tar.xz
      $ tar xvf clang+llvm-15.0.0-x86_64-linux-gnu-rhel-8.4.tar.xz
      $ mv clang+llvm-15.0.0-x86_64-linux-gnu-rhel-8.4 llvm_build
    • Alternatively, clone and build the LLVM libraries locally.

      $ git clone https://github.com/llvm/llvm-project.git
      $ mkdir llvm_build
      $ cmake -S llvm-project/llvm -B llvm_build -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
      $ make -j -C llvm_build llvm-config llvm-libraries
  2. Build bpftool with EXTRA_CFLAGS set to --static, and by passing the path to the relevant llvm-config.

    $ cd bpftool
    $ LLVM_CONFIG=../../llvm_build/bin/llvm-config EXTRA_CFLAGS=--static make -j -C src

Build bpftool's man pages

The man pages for bpftool can be built with:

$ cd docs
$ make

They can be installed on the system with:

$ cd docs
# make install


This work is dual-licensed under the GNU GPL v2.0 (only) license and the BSD 2-clause license. You can choose between one of them if you use this work.

SPDX-License-Identifier: (GPL-2.0-only OR BSD-2-Clause)