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The following instructions are for installing the ODL controller on Ubuntu version 13.04.

Installing the ODL Controller

The SDN controller used in the MF SDN prototype is the Open Daylight Controller. The release version is Hydrogen and we use the Base edition.

Required Packages

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git maven openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre

The pre-built version of the controller can be downloaded at the following link Open Dayligth Controller Hydrogen Base Edition

Download and unzip the controller in a Linux machine. The controller was tested to work in Ubuntu 13.04.


For more details, visit the controller installation guide at:

Developing OpenFlow 1.3 Modules with the Controller

For developing applications and running the controller with OF 1.3, download the openflowplugin from git at the following link:

git clone

A sample application for a Learning switch is provided by the plugin. For learning to develop new modules as applications, this is a good starting point.

Build the application:

cd  openflowplugin/samples/learning-switch/
mvn clean install

For running the learning switch application,do the following steps

rm opendaylight/plugins/org.opendaylight.controller.samples.simpleforwarding-0.4.1.jar

Copy the 'learning-switch-0.0.3-SNAPSHOT.jar' bundle into the ‘opendaylight/plugins' folder.

To run the controller with OF 1.3:

cd opendaylight

./ -of13

To test if the learning switch is working, on the controller console:

osgi > lb learn

Now you can see the controller installing flow rules when you test the network by pinging nodes.

For more details and information for developing applications you can visit the Open Daylight wiki at:

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