Netify for OpenWrt


Netify is designed to run in tight spaces, so the memory requirements are modest and generally not a concern for OpenWrt deployments. As for CPU, the underlying Netify deep packet inspection engine requires about the same amount of horsepower as an intrusion detection/prevention system - the busier the network, the more CPU cycles required.
Netify on Firewalls and Routers


Version 19.07.x and 21.02.x

The Netify package was added to the default OpenWrt ecosystem in 2019. You can run the following to install Netify:

opkg update
opkg install netifyd

Earlier versions

If you are an integrator, please contact us for information on custom OpenWrt builds.


Netify will automatically detect the network interfaces and roles defined in OpenWrt.

If you are running OpenWrt with an atypical network setup - for example, as a dedicated switch - please contact us for custom configuration options.


With the installation and setup completed, you can now start and enable Netify:

netifyd --enable-sink
service netifyd enable
service netifyd restart
You can safely ignore any "uci: Entry not found" messages seen on the command line. This comes from the network auto-detection tool looking for network interfaces.


With the Netify service installed, configured and running, it is time to provision your unique install. You will first need to fetch the provision code from your Netify Agent install using the following command:

# netifyd -p

Once you have the provisioning code, you will need to create a Netify account (if you don't have one already) and run through the simple provisioning wizard. Once complete, metadata and analysis will start to be available in under a minute.

Provision Agent

What is OpenWrt


OpenWrt is an open source, Linux-based firewall and routing software solution designed for embedded devices. Typically, OpenWrt is used as replacement firmware on commercial routers and WiFi devices from Netgear, Linksys, Asus, TP-Link and others.

OpenWrt includes the features available in commercial firmware, but with improved performance, stability, security and features. The software brings the rich feature set of commercial routers with the benefits of open and extensible software packages. OpenWrt features include:

  • Web-based Interface
  • Extensive WiFi tuning for better coverage
  • Firewall
  • VPN
  • Traffic Shaping/QoS
  • and more