I am little confused. I know that iptables-save command will help to take backup of iptables with > to a file. But will this command alone will reload iptable configuration. Sorry, I don't have a server to check this and I was unable to see any online reference.

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    "save" means save and no more. iptables-restore is the command to reload saved rules. Jan 24, 2017 at 17:08
  • Alright. So this is for ALL flavors of Linux right? @ipor
    – prado
    Jan 24, 2017 at 17:09
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    There is ONE flavor of linux, kernel.org Jan 24, 2017 at 17:19
  • I rolled back your edit because it changes the question too much. If you have another question then just ask.
    – user9517
    Jan 25, 2017 at 6:49

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The iptables-save command writes a series of iptables commands to a file such that the current state of the firewall can be saved. If you want to restore that state you can use the iptables-restore command.

  • Ok. I am able to get hold of a server. I was trying save iptables using /etc/init.d/iptables save or using service command. None of them help. Can you help me with the command?
    – prado
    Jan 25, 2017 at 6:40
  • Edited the question to make it clear.
    – prado
    Jan 25, 2017 at 6:47
  • iptables-save and iptables save are not the same command. Load up iptables into your favourite editor and read it - be educated.
    – user9517
    Jan 25, 2017 at 6:54

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