Connecting OpendayLight to Juniper Routers via Netconf

Hi All

In this blog, we will look at configuring Juniper routers via Opendaylight which in turn uses netconf/restconf for making the connection.

Before we can start doing the configuration we need to create a Netconf connector between Opendaylight and Juniper routers. Also before that let’s first see what NETCONF is 🙂

Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) provides a mechanism to install, manipulate and delete the configuration of network devices. It uses an Extensible Markup Language (XML) based data encoding for the configuration data as well as the protocol messages. The NETCONF protocol operations are realized as remote procedure calls (RPCs).

OpenDaylight uses YANG modules to access the device via NETCONF and we can do config as well. In this post we will see how to configure ODL for NETCONF connections. This is tried method so please do this as listed and I have seen others methods may not work properly.

Below topology we will be using in this blog.

  • Juniper MXs are running on 18.2R1 and 17.4R1
  • OpendayLight Release is Oxygen 0.8.2


ODL-Netconf-Juniper1) In First instance, you need to enable netconf on Juniper

write@Manchester> show configuration system services netconf
ssh {
    connection-limit 10;
    rate-limit 5;


2) Download the 0.8.2 Oxygen Tar file from Opendaylight website and untar it.

Command “ tar –xvf karaf-0.8.2.tar.gz

This will create a directory called karaf-0.8.2 in same directory structure.

[root@Opendaylight-2 sun]# ls -l | grep karaf-0.8.2
drwxr-xr-x. 13 root root      4096 Jul 26 15:42 karaf-0.8.2
-rw-rw-r--.  1 sun  sun  358590049 Jul 24 13:46 karaf-0.8.2.tar.gz


3) Now create a file called, 99-netconf-connector.xml and paste the following contents in it

830 write write false true prefix:netty-event-executor global-event-executor prefix:binding-broker-osgi-registry binding-osgi-broker prefix:dom-broker-osgi-registry dom-broker prefix:netconf-client-dispatcher global-netconf-dispatcher prefix:threadpool global-netconf-processing-executor prefix:scheduled-threadpool global-netconf-ssh-scheduled-executor urn:opendaylight:params:xml:ns:yang:controller:md:sal:connector:netconf?module=odl-sal-netconf-connector-cfg&revision=2015-08-03

You have to change the details for the values mentioned in Red above according to first device you are trying to add. Don’t change anything else. However if your Junos version is other than 18.2 then you need to check the revision number of yang modules and put the correct date for field in Green above.

Once done, save the file.

4)  Now start the opendaylight using command:

[root@Opendaylight-2 sun]# ./karaf-0.8.2/bin/karaf
Apache Karaf starting up. Press Enter to open the shell now...
100% [========================================================================]
Karaf started in 18s. Bundle stats: 388 active, 389 total
    ________                       ________                .__  .__       .__     __
    \_____  \ ______   ____   ____ \______ \ _____  ___.__.|  | |__| ____ |  |___/  |_
     /   |   \\____ \_/ __ \ /    \ |    |  \\__  \ >  ___/|   |  \|    `   \/ __ \\___  ||  |_|  / /_/  >   Y  \  |
    \_______  /   __/ \___  >___|  /_______  (____  / ____||____/__\___  /|___|  /__|
            \/|__|        \/     \/        \/     \/\/            /_____/      \/

Hit '' for a list of available commands
and '[cmd] --help' for help on a specific command.
Hit '' or type 'system:shutdown' or 'logout' to shutdown OpenDaylight.


Install following packages, you don’t have to add any other at this moment of time:

feature:install odl-netconf-topology odl-restconf odl-netconf-connector-all

After installing, copy the file 99-netconf-connector.xml created above under directory karaf-0.8.2/etc/opendaylight/karaf/

cp 99-netconf-connector.xml karaf-0.8.2/etc/opendaylight/karaf/


5) After this, using POSTMAN or similar application, send a PUT request to following URL

PUT http://&lt;CONTROLLER-IP-ADDRESS:8181>/restconf/config/network-topology:network-topology/topology/topology-netconf/node/<node-name>

Same as before change the values in Red and Green accordingly for your case.




6) After this restart the opendaylight

Confirm: halt instance root (yes/no): yes

[root@Opendaylight-2 sun]# ./karaf-0.8.2/bin/karaf
Apache Karaf starting up. Press Enter to open the shell now...

At this point you should some messages like as mentioned in Karaf_Logs after adding the netconf-connector. Let it may take 10-20 minutes from here which is basically ODL is pulling all the Juniper Yang modules in its cache/schema folder.

Once that is done you should see the below message in karaf log which you can see using log:tail from opendaylight shell prompt.

| INFO  | sing-executor-22 | NetconfDevice   | 304 - org.opendaylight.netconf.sal-netconf-connector - 1.7.2 | RemoteDevice{Manchester}: Netconf connector initialized successfully

Once you get the message, your node has been mounted which you can check using GET request at following URL

GET http:// <CONTROLLER-IP-ADDRESS:8181/restconf/operational/network-topology:network-topology/topology/topology-netconf/node/<Node-name>/yang-ext:mount/


Now its ready to configure 🙂

Let’s configure a sample L3VPN using this

See the snapshot which is basically a PUT request with XML payload


Lets’s verify

write@Manchester> show configuration routing-instances odl-test
instance-type vrf;
interface xe-0/2/0.4000;
vrf-target target:2856:4000;
routing-options {
    protect core;
protocols {
    bgp {
        group ebgp {
            type external;
            peer-as 65101;
            neighbor {
                authentication-key "$9$CuyoAORhclMLNylJDkP3nylKvWx"; ## SECRET-DATA
                bfd-liveness-detection {
                    minimum-interval 100;
                    multiplier 3;


Here you go.. its working 🙂

That’s all for today.. I will do a separate blog for other service configurations via ODL. Let me know if you have any questions.





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