IP Routing: Protocol-Independent Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS Release 12.4T
PBR Recursive Next Hop
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PBR Recursive Next Hop

PBR Recursive Next Hop

Last Updated: October 25, 2011

The PBR Recursive Next Hop feature enhances route maps to enable configuration of a recursive next-hop IP address that is used by policy-based routing (PBR). The recursive next-hop IP address is installed in the routing table and can be a subnet that is not directly connected. If the recursive next-hop IP address is not available, packets are routed using a default route.

Because Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF) or process switching provides the infrastructure, the benefit of this feature is the CEF loadsharing.

Feature History for the PBR Recursive Next Hop Feature




This feature was introduced.


This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.3(14)T.

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How to Configure PBR Recursive Next Hop

Setting the Recursive Next-Hop IP Address

The infrastructure provided by CEF or process switching performs the recursion to the next-hop IP address. The configuration sequence, which affects routing, is as follows:

  1. Next-hop
  2. Next-hop recursive
  3. Interface
  4. Default next-hop
  5. Default interface

If both a next-hop and a recursive next-hop IP address are present in the same route-map entry, the next-hop is used. If the next-hop is not available, the recursive next-hop is used. If the recursive next-hop is not available and no other IP address is present, the packet is routed using the default routing table; it is not dropped. If the packet is supposed to be dropped, use the set ip next-hopcommand with the recursive keyword followed by a set interface null0 configuration.

Perform this task to set the IP address for the recursive next-hop router.

Before You Begin

If loadsharing is required, CEF loadsharing should be configured for per-packet or per-destination loadsharing. Loadbalancing should be done over all equal-cost routes to the subnet that have been configured by the set ip next-hop recursivecommand.

This functionality should be available in centralized and distributed systems.


Only one recursive next-hop IP address is supported per route-map entry.



1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    access-list permit source

4.    route-map map-tag

5.    set ip next-hop ip-address

6.    set ip next-hop {ip-address [...ip-address] | recursive ip-address}

7.    match ip address access-list-number

8.    end

  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1


Router> enable


Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
Step 2
configure terminal


Router# configure terminal


Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3
access-list permit source


Router(config)# access-list 101 permit


Configures an access list. The example configuration permits any source IP address that falls within the subnet.

Step 4
route-map map-tag


Router(config)# route-map abccomp


Enables policy routing and enters route-map configuration mode.

Step 5
set ip next-hop ip-address


Router(config-route-map)# set ip next-hop


Sets a next-hop router IP address.

Note    Set this IP address separately from the next-hop recursive router configuration.
Step 6
set ip next-hop {ip-address [...ip-address] | recursive ip-address}


Router(config-route-map)# set ip next-hop recursive


Sets a recursive next-hop IP address.

Note    This configuration does not ensure that packets get routed using the recursive IP address if an intermediate IP address is a shorter route to the destination.
Step 7
match ip address access-list-number


Router(config-route-map)# match ip address 101


Sets an access list to be matched.

Step 8


Router(config-route-map)# end


Exits route-map configuration mode and returns to privileged EXEC mode.


Verifying the Recursive Next-Hop Configuration

To verify the recursive next-hop configuration, perform the following steps.


1.    show running-config | begin abccomp

2.    show route-map map-name

Step 1   show running-config | begin abccomp

Use this command to verify the IP addresses for a next-hop and recursive next-hop IP address, for example:

Router# show running-config
 | begin abccomp
route-map abccomp permit 10
 match ip address 101 ! Defines the match criteria for an access list.
 set ip next-hop recursive ! If the match criteria are met, the recursive IP  address is set.
 set ip next-hop
Step 2   show route-map map-name

Use this command to display the route maps, for example:

Router# show route-map abccomp
route-map abccomp, permit, sequence 10
 Match clauses:
  ip address (access-lists): 101 
 Set clauses:
  ip next-hop recursive
  ip next-hop
 Policy routing matches: 0 packets, 0 bytes

Configuration Examples for PBR Recursive Next Hop

Recursive Next-Hop IP Address Example

The following example shows the configuration of IP address as the recursive next-hop router:

route-map abccomp
 set ip next-hop
 set ip next-hop
 set ip next-hop recursive
 set ip next-hop

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the PBR Recursive Next Hop feature.

Related Documents

Related Topic

Document Title

IP routing commands: complete command syntax, command mode, command history, defaults, usage guidelines, and examples

Cisco IOS IP Routing Protocols Command Reference



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Command Reference

The following commands are introduced or modified in the feature or features documented in this module. For information about these commands, see the Cisco IOS IP Routing: Protocol-Independent Command Reference. For information about all Cisco IOS commands, use the Command Lookup Tool at http://tools.cisco.com/Support/CLILookup or the Cisco IOS Master Command List, All Releases, at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/mcl/allreleasemcl/all_book.html.

  • set ip next-hop
  • show route-map

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