Is there a way to know if the Red Hat Linux Servers on my network have IP Multicasting enabled? The output that I get by running the cat /proc/net/igmp command is the following

Idx Device    : Count Querier   Group    Users Timer    Reporter
1   lo        :     0      V3
                010000E0     1 0:00000000       0
2   eth0      :     3      V3
                010000E0     1 0:00000000       0
  1. Does this mean that IP Multicasting is enabled on my network?
  2. Does this also mean that th server from which I ran the cat command belongs to Group 1?

3 Answers 3


To check if multicast is enabled on the interface do a "ifconfig eth0" and look for: MULTICAST

  • ifconfig command is not enabled on the servers on our network. May 3, 2010 at 9:33
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    On RedHat-flavour systems normal users don't have /sbin (where ifconfig lives) in their path. If you're on a RedHat-like system and not the root user try running it as /sbin/ifconfig. May 3, 2010 at 10:19
  • Thanks Mark, Running ifconfig from sbin gives me the following output eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:14:22:1A:AF:DB inet addr: Bcast: Mask: inet6 addr: fe80::214:22ff:fe1a:afdb/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:70747195 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:6965432 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:100 I can see MULTICAST in the output. May 3, 2010 at 10:37
  • Your eth0 interface has multicast enabled :)
    – rkthkr
    May 3, 2010 at 10:53
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    "netstat -g" will give you group membership information.
    – rkthkr
    May 3, 2010 at 10:57

According to howto

cat /proc/net/igmp 

will show the groups you are currently subscribed to

  • how can I subscribe to other groups or interfaces?? which I got from netstat -g
    – lazarus
    Nov 10, 2014 at 20:25

These days, iproute2, or rather its ip command will also give you the answer:

$ ip link

(or ip l for short)

will present you with something like this:

1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 [...]
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
2: enp0s31f6: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 [...]
    link/ether ab:cd:ef:12:34:56 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

where you can see that there is no multicast on my loopback device, but yes, my ethernet port does indeed do multicast.

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