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Jinja2 Filters

Peering Manager exposes functions and filters in addition to existing Jinja2 provided ones. These filters are used to parse, to transform or to fetch values. If they are not used as expected, template processing may result in failure or half rendered texts.

include_configuration / include_email / include_exporttemplate

Includes the configuration template or the e-mail body defined in another object. It is useful to divide a big template into smaller ones for ease of management. The context and extensions are passed to the included templates except for the export template include statement.

In the case of export template, the one that is imported is evaluated before its actual import which means that it is rendered independently before being printed into the main template.

include_* functions take a template name or a template ID as a parameter.


{% include_configuration "BGP Groups" %}
{% include_configuration "BGP Sessions" %}
{% include_configuration "BGP Policies" %}
{% include_exporttemplate "IXPs" %}
{% include_email 1 %} {# ID of the e-mail object #}


Converts a string to another one using only safe characters (retaining only ASCII characters). This string should be usable in a configuration without encoding issues.


description "Peering: AS{{ a_s.asn }} {{ | safe_string }}"


Quote a value before displaying it as a string. The character/string used for quotation can be changed by using a second parameter to the filter. Default quotation character is ".


community {{ community.slug }} members {{ community.value | quote }}
description {{ autonomous_system | quote('--') }}


Returns an iterable structure for all tags assigned to an object.


Tags: {{ ixp | tags }}

has_tag / has_not_tag

Returns a boolean telling if a tag is or is not applied to an object.


{% if ixp | has_tag('remote-peering') %}
{% if ixp | has_not_tag('remote-peering') %}

ipv4 / ipv6

Given an argument, this filter will return a value that can be interpreted as true or false, for IPv4 or IPv6 respectively. If the value is indeed a valid IP that matches the filter use, a Python IP address object is returned, thus allowing getting field values (like version).


{% if session.ip_address | ipv6 %}


Returns the IP address without the prefix length for a BGP session or IP address fields. The returned value is a string. If a list is given, each item of the list will be processed and returned as a list as well.


{% for session in ixp | sessions %}
Remote: {{ session | ip }}
{% if session.local_ip_address %}
Local: {{ session.local_ip_address | ip }}
{% endif %}
{% endfor %}


Returns the MAC address as a lowercased string given a format.

Accepted formats are:

  • cisco: 001b.7749.54fd
  • bare: 001b774954fd

If no format is given, it'll default to the UNIX one: 00:1b:77:49:54:fd.


MAC address: {{ connection | mac }}
MAC address: {{ connection.mac_address | mac('cisco') }}


Returns the status of an object if it has any.

If the status of the object is equivalent to a disabled one, the status of the parent will not be resolved as this kind of status is considered more specific.

In case of connections, both IXP's and router's statuses will be checked (IXP's first).

In case of direct peering sessions, both group's and router's statuses will be checked (group's first).

In case of IXP peering sessions, connection's status will be checked but that will trigger a recursive check for it which means it'll take into account the IXP or router status.


{% for session in ixp | sessions %}
{% if session | inherited_status != "enabled" %}
{{ session | ip }} is not enabled
{% endif %}
{% endfor %}

length / len / count

Determines the length/count of an object list, dictionary or SQL result.


{% if 10 == internet_exchanges | length %}


Allows to pass a Django filter expression to allow filtering on a SQL result. It can also filter a list of items given attributes and their values.


{% for autonomous_system in autonomous_systems | filter(ipv6_max_prefixes__gt=100) %}
{% for session in bgpgroup | session | filter(router=router) %}
{% for community in session | merge_communities | filter(type='ingress') %}


Allows to pass a Django filter expression to allow filtering on a SQL result and return a single object. If more than one object match the filter, this filter will behave in the exact same way as filter.


My AS is {{ affiliated_autonomous_systems | get(asn=64500) }}


Keeps only unique items given a field in a list. Uniqueness is based on the field value.


{% for session in dataset | unique_items("autonomous_system") %}
{% endfor %}


Allows to select and to return the value of a single field for each object in a list. The field name must be passed as a string.


ASNs: {{ autonomous_systems | iterate('asn') }}


On an autonomous system, it will return all IXPs on which a local (affiliated) AS is peering with the remote AS. The second local_as parameter is mandatory to use this filter.


{% for ixp in autonomous_system | ixps(local_as) %}


On an autonomous system, it will return all IXPs on which a local (affiliated) AS could peer with the remote AS. The second local_as parameter is mandatory to use this filter.

This filter is different from ixps as it will give back all IXPs the two AS are peering on in addition to the ones they do not peer on yet.


{% for ixp in autonomous_system | shared_ixps(local_as) %}


On an autonomous system, it will return all facilities in which both the AS and another local (affiliated) AS are according to their respective PeeringDB records. If one of the autonomous systems has not PeeringDB record or if no PeeringDB local cache is present, this filter will return an empty iterable.


{% for facility in autonomous_system | shared_facilities(local_as) %}
- {{ facility }}
{% endfor %}


On an autonomous system, it will return all sessions that can be configured between two autonomous systems. You must provide a second AS, providing an IXP is optional.


{% for missing in autonomous_system | missing_sessions(local_as) %}
IPv4: {{ missing.ipaddr4 }}
IPv6: {{ missing.ipaddr6 }}
{% endfor %}


Fetches all the prefixes of an autonomous system or an IXP and returns them as a JSON formatted object. For AS, prefixes are fetched using bgpq3 (or bgpq4) but can come from the local cache if present. For IXP, prefixes are fetched from the PeeringDB local cache.

If the family parameter is set to 6 or 4 only the prefixes belonging to the given family will be returned, as a list.


{% set prefixes = autonomous_system | prefix_list %}


On an IXP or a router, it will return all connections attached to it.


{% for connection in router | connections %}
IPv4: {{ connection.ipv4_address }}
IPv6: {{ connection.ipv6_address }}
{% endfor %}


Applied on a session, the filter will fetch the local IP used to establish the session. If applied on an IXP or a BGP group, it will return IP addresses (v4 and v6) configured for the IXP/BGP group. In any other case, it will give back a null value. If 4 or 6 is passed as extra parameter, only the IPs matching the version will be returned.


Local IPs: {{ session | local_ips }}
Local IPs: {{ ixp | local_ips }}
Local IPv6: {{ ixp | local_ips(6) }}
Local IPv4: {{ ixp | local_ips(4) }}

sessions / route_server

When using sessions on a BGP group or an IXP, peering sessions setup in the group or on the IXP will be returned as an iterable object. route_server works similarly but will only give back sessions setup with route servers on an IXP.


{% for session in ixp | sessions %}
{% for session in ixp | route_server(6) %}

direct_sessions / ixp_sessions

When used on an autonomous system, it will return direct peering sessions or respectively IXP peering sessions setup with the AS.

If family with a value of 4 or 6 is passed as extra parameter, only the sessions with a IP version matching will be returned.

  • If group is passed as extra parameter for direct_sessions, only the sessions contained in given group will be returned.
  • If ixp is passed as extra parameter for ixp_sessions, only the sessions contained in given IXP will be returned.


{% for session in autonomous_system | direct_sessions %}
{% for session in autonomous_system | ixp_sessions(family=6) %}
{% for session in router | ixp_sessions(ixp=internet_exchange) %}


For a BGP session, it will return the IP version of the session given the IP address field.


{% if 6 == session | ip_version %}


For a BGP session, it will return the max prefix value corresponding to the remote AS and the IP address family.


unicast {
    prefix-limit {
        maximum {{ session | max_prefix }};


From a valid Cisco type 7 password, returns the password stripping the magic word prefix.


{% if session.encrypted_password %}
password encrypted {{ session.encrypted_password | cisco_password }}
{% elif session.password %}
password clear {{ session.password }}
{% endif %}

direct_peers / ixp_peers

For a router, fetches all peers connected to it. When using direct_peers only peers with at least one direct peering session will be fetched while ixp_peers will fetch peers with at least on peering session setup on an IXP connected to the router.

Both filters can optionally take a slug value (as a string) to fetch sessions from a specific BGP group or IXP.


{% for session in router | ixp_peers %}
{% for session in router | direct_peers('transit') %}

iter_export_policies / iter_import_policies

Fetches routing policies applied on export or on import of an object. Note that these filters will not traverse relationships, therefore, they will not fetch AS policies for a session (for instance).

You can use a string as an option to these filters to select only a specific field of the policies. Another optional argument named family can be used to get policies only matching a given address family. Values for the family parameter can be 4 or 6.


export [ {{ session | iter_export_policies('slug') | join(' ') }} ];
import [ {{ session | iter_import_policies(field='slug', family=6) | join(' ') }} ];

merge_export_policies / merge_import_policies

Merges all import or export routing policies from an object into a single list. Policies are sorted based on their origin (AS/IXP/Session) and their weight.

Note that a IXP policy is less preferred than an AS policy. Session policies are the preferred ones. If a policy is referenced more than one time in the policy list, only the most preferred occurence will be kept.

The keyword (as a string) reverse can be used as option to these two filters to reverse the order of the list.


export [ {{ session | merge_export_policies | iterate('slug') | join(' ') }} ];
import [ {{ session | merge_import_policies('reverse') | iterate('slug') | join(' ') }} ];


Fetches communities applied to an object.

You can use a string as an option to this filter to select only a specific field of communities.


communities [ {{ session | communities('value') | join(' ') }} ];
communities [ {{ ixp | communities | join(' ') }} ];


Merges all communities from an object into a single list. For BGP session, group's and autonomous system's communities will be merged together, avoiding duplicates.


communities [ {{ session | merge_communities | iterate('value') | join(' ') }} ];


Get the first matching contact for an autonomous system, an IXP or a BGP session. A role name (case insensitive) must be given as parameter. An optional field parameter can be given to only return the value of said field.

Contacts found in PeeringDB are not included in the potential matches list.


{{ session | contact('technical') }}
{{ session.autonomous_system | contact('technical', field='name') }}

context_has_key / context_has_not_key

Checks if the config context of an object contains a given key. context_has_not_key filter is the exact opposite of context_has_key. The filters' behaviour can be tweaked with the recursive argument. The default value for recursive is True which means that the key will be searched in nested hashes. It won't be if recursive is set to False.


{% if session | context_has_key('local_asn') %}
{% if ixp | context_has_not_key('ignore') %}
{% if router | context_has_key('region', recursive=False) %}


Retrieves the value of a key in an object's config context. If the key is not found, a default null value will be returned. The default value can be changed by setting the default parameter of the filter. The filter will search through nested hashes, but this can be disabled by setting the recursive parameter to False.


{{ session | context_get_key('local_asn') }}
{{ ixp | context_get_key('ignore', default=False) }}
{{ if router | context_get_key('region', recursive=False) }}

as_json / as_yaml

Convert an object or a list of objects (database result) as JSON or YAML. Keys sorting can be disabled by setting the sort_keys parameter to False. Indentation can be changed by setting the indent parameter to a positive numeric value (default is 4 for JSON and 2 for YAML).


{{ router | connections | as_json }}
{{ router | connections | as_yaml }}

{% for connection in router | connections %}
{{ connection | as_yaml }}
{% endfor %}


Appends n chars to the beginning of each line of a value which is parsed as a string. Remove the chars before applying the indentation if reset is set to True.

{% for ixp in dataset %}
{{ ixp.slug }}:
{{ ixp | prefix_list | as_yaml | indent(2) }}
{% endfor %}