Notify about netlink changes

This runs in background and produces notifications whenever a netlink event is received. Notifications look like this:

A device is down:

Device down

A device is up:

Device up

A device received an IP address:

Device received IP address

A device received an IPv6 address:

Device received IPv6 address

A device disappeared:

Device disappeared


To compile and run netlink-notify you need:

Some systems may require additional development packages for the libraries. Look for libnotify-devel or similar.

Build and install

Building and installing is very easy. Just run:


followed by:

make install

This will place an executable at /usr/bin/netlink-notify, documentation can be found in /usr/share/doc/netlink-notify/. Additionally a systemd unit file is installed to /usr/lib/systemd/user/.


Just run netlink-notify to run it once. A systemd user service can be started and/or enabled with systemctl --user start netlink-notify or systemctl --user enable netlink-notify.

License and warranty

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


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