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How to Register Routes in the IRR

Last update: 6 May, 2010

Status: Current

There's a really good introduction to using the IRR located at the Merit RADB web site. You should refer to that page to understand how to submit templates to the OttIX IRR. Note that if you have already registered your routes in the RADB, you don't have to re-register them here, as we mirror the RADB. In that case, just skip this step. In case you hadn't already realized, the language of those templates is called RPSL (Routing Policy Specification Language). A good reference is also located at the RADB site.

There is no fee for using this service.

IPv6 routing objects are now supported in the IRRd software.

Once you have that basic understanding, you can use the following email addresses to exceute your submissions:

auto-dbm -at-
This is the address to which you submit your populated templates, either to execute an insertion or change or removal of routing information.
db-admin -at-
Use this address to get in touch with a human and to register maintainer objects.

Querying the IRR

Querying the IRR is a simple matter of doing the following:

whois -h blah

Where "blah" is route object that you want to query. This can be an AS number, an IPv4 or IPv6 network or even a registry handle for a point of contact.

Creating Router Configurations from an IRR

There are tools available from ISC called RAToolset. It compiles under Solaris and Linux and you can fetch the source from either ISC or at the local NRC mirror.

One tool of particular interest is called RtConfig. This tool is used to convert the routing policy you specified in the IRR to create a prototype router configuration that you can use in your network.

There's a tutorial describing how these tools work, and how you should use them at the ISC web page.

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