Quick LXC configuration with netctl nat

So I spend few hours playing with Linux Containers. Pretty interesting stuff. So here is small tutorial on how to create and use container on Arch Linux as host machine.

Install lxc first.

sudo pacman -S lxc

Next is bridge device for nat. I’m already migrated to netctl in arch linux so my configuration is for netctl. /etc/netctl/lxcbridge:

Description="LXC Bridge connection"

Make sure you have dnsmasq installed.

pacman -S dnsmasq

Run interface.

sudo netctl start lxcbridge

And enable it for startup

sudo netctl enable lxcbridge

Add iptables rule:

sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o <you-main-ethernet-device-here> -j MASQUERADE

Save iptables (as superuser):

iptables-save > /etc/iptables/iptables.rules

Enable ip_forward:

sudo sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

Or to save forwarding persisent add following line: /etc/sysctl.conf:


Create new Ubuntu container:

sudo lxc-create -n playtime -t ubuntu

It will create new root filesystem with new configuration. Lets now change conatiner’s configuration: /var/lib/lxc/playtime/config:

lxc.network.type = veth
lxc.network.flags = up
lxc.network.link = lxcbr0
lxc.network.hwaddr = 00:FF:AA:00:00:01
lxc.network.ipv4 =

Lets boot our conatiner. Better use screen or tmux for it.

sudo lxc-start -n playtime

Default user and password for ubuntu template is ubuntu.

Login to container and add default gateway configuration on network up: /etc/network/if-up.d/routes:

#! /bin/sh

route add default gw

exit 0

Reboot container with sudo reboot in it.

Now you can ssh to your container ssh ubuntu@ You can also run container as daemon sudo lxc-start -n playtime -d. And you can shutdown container with sudo shutdown inside container.

Thanks for reading. Let me know if I miss something or you know better way of configuring all this stuff.