Pod network connectivity non-functional as a result of sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=0

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If the sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward is set to 0 (disabled) on a Linux host, then IPv4 packet forwarding is disabled.
As a result, on a Kubernetes nodes this will prevent Pod networking from functioning.

You can confirm the current value of this sysctl on a Linux host, if you are experiencing a network issue, with the following:

sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward

The output should show 1, for enabled.


  • A Kubernetes cluster with a CNI (Container Network Interface) plugin configure, e.g. an RKE (Rancher Kubernetes Engine) or Rancher launched cluster.
  • The systctl net.ipv4.ip_forward set to 0 (disabled) on the cluster hosts.


Check if the kernel parameter net.ipv4.ip_forward is set to 1 with:

sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward

If the current value of net.ipv4.ip_forward is 0, then set to this to 1 with the following:

sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

To make it permanent across reboot, add the following line in /etc/sysctl.conf:


With this sysctl correctly enabled, Pod ingress and egress will be able to function as expected.


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  • Document ID:000020166
  • Creation Date: 06-May-2021
  • Modified Date:06-May-2021
    • SUSE Rancher

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