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API extensions

The changes below were introduced to the LXC API after the 3.0 API was finalized.

They are all backward compatible and can be detected by client tools by called the lxc_has_api_extension function.


This introduces a way to initialize a logging instance from the API for a given container.


This introduces the lxc_config_item_is_supported function. It allows users to check whether their LXC instance supports a given configuration key.


This adds support to container’s console log. The console log is implemented as an efficient ringbuffer.


This adds reboot2() as a new API extension. This function properly waits until a reboot succeeded. It takes a timeout argument. When set to > 0 reboot2() will block until the timeout is reached, if timeout is set to zero reboot2() will not block, if set to -1 reboot2() will block indefinitely.


This adds support for injecting and removing mounts into/from a running containers. Two new API functions mount() and umount() are added. They mirror the current mount and umount API of the kernel.


This adds support for seccomp filters to be stacked regardless of whether a seccomp profile is already loaded. This allows nested containers to load their own seccomp profile.


This adds “notify” as seccomp action that will cause LXC to register a seccomp listener and retrieve a listener file descriptor from the kernel. When a syscall is made that is registered as “notify” the kernel will generate a poll event and send a message over the file descriptor.

The caller can read this message, inspect the syscalls including its arguments. Based on this information the caller is expected to send back a message informing the kernel which action to take. Until that message is sent the kernel will block the calling process. The format of the messages to read and sent is documented in seccomp itself.

A new API function seccomp_notify_fd() has been added which allows callers to retrieve the notifier fd for the container’s seccomp filter.


This introduces the lxc.net.[i].veth.ipv4.route and lxc.net.[i].veth.ipv6.route properties on veth type network interfaces. This allows adding static routes on host to the container’s network interface.


This introduces the ipvlan network type.

Example usage:

lxc.net[i].ipvlan.mode=[l3|l3s|l2] (defaults to l3)
lxc.net[i].ipvlan.isolation=[bridge|private|vepa] (defaults to bridge)


This introduces the lxc.net.[i].l2proxy that can be either 0 or 1. Defaults to 0. This, when used with lxc.net.[i].link, will add IP neighbour proxy entries on the linked device for any IPv4 and IPv6 addresses on the container’s network device.

For IPv4 addresses it will check the following sysctl values and fail with an error if not set:


For IPv6 addresses it will check the following sysctl values and fail with an error if not set:



This introduces the ability to specify lxc.net.[i].ipv4.gateway and/or lxc.net.[i].ipv6.gateway with a value of dev which will cause the default gateway inside the container to be created as a device route without destination gateway IP needed. This is primarily intended for use with layer 3 networking devices, such as IPVLAN.


This introduces the ability to specify a custom MTU for phys and macvlan devices using the lxc.net.[i].mtu property.


This introduces the ability to specify a lxc.net.[i].veth.mode setting, which takes a value of “bridge” or “router”. This defaults to “bridge”.

In “router” mode static routes are created on the host for the container’s IP addresses pointing to the host side veth interface. In addition to the routes, a static IP neighbour proxy is added to the host side veth interface for the IPv4 and IPv6 gateway IPs.


This enables LXC to make use of the new devices controller in the unified cgroup hierarchy. LXC will now create, load, and attach bpf program to the cgroup of the container when the controller is available.


This enables LXC to make complete use of the unified cgroup hierarchy. With this extension it is possible to run LXC containers on systems that use a pure unified cgroup layout.


This adds a new API function init_pidfd() which allows to retrieve a pidfd for the container’s init process allowing process management interactions such as sending signal to be completely reliable and rac-e free.


When running on kernels that support pidfds LXC will rely on them for most operations. This makes interacting with containers not just more reliable it also makes it significantly safer and eliminates various races inherent to PID-based kernel APIs. LXC will require that the running kernel at least support pidfd_send_signal(), CLONE_PIDFD, P_PIDFD, and pidfd polling support. Any kernel starting with Linux 5.4 should have full support for pidfds.


This adds the ability to use “denylist” and “allowlist” in seccomp v2 policies.


This adds the ability to allocate a file descriptor for the devpts instance of the container.


Retrieve the seccomp notifier fd from a running container.


Whether the seccomp notify proxy sends a long a notify fd file descriptor.


Whether this LXC instance can handle idmapped mounts for the rootfs.


Whether this LXC instance can handle idmapped mounts for lxc.mount.entry entries.