6.2. Using the NetworkManager Command Line Tool, nmcli

To create a bridge, named bridge-br0, issue a command as follows as root:
~]# nmcli con add type bridge ifname br0
Connection 'bridge-br0' (6ad5bba6-98a0-4f20-839d-c997ba7668ad) successfully added.
If no interface name is specified, the name will default to bridge, bridge-1, bridge-2, and so on.
To view the connections, issue the following command:
~]$ nmcli con show
NAME        UUID                                  TYPE            DEVICE
bridge-br0  79cf6a3e-0310-4a78-b759-bda1cc3eef8d  bridge          br0
eth0        4d5c449a-a6c5-451c-8206-3c9a4ec88bca  802-3-ethernet  eth0
Spanning tree protocol (STP) is enabled by default. The values used are from the IEEE 802.1D-1998 standard. To disable STP for this bridge, issue a command as follows as root:
~]# nmcli con modify bridge-br0 bridge.stp no
To re-enable 802.1D STP for this bridge, issue a command as follows as root:
~]# nmcli con modify bridge-br0 bridge.stp yes
The default bridge priority for 802.1D STP is 32768. The lower number is preferred in root bridge selection. For example, a bridge with priority of 28672 would be selected as the root bridge in preference to a bridge with priority value of 32768 (the default). To create a bridge with a non-default value, issue a command as follows:
~]$ nmcli con add type bridge ifname br5 stp yes priority 28672
Connection 'bridge-br5' (86b83ad3-b466-4795-aeb6-4a66eb1856c7) successfully added.
The allowed values are in the range 0 to 65535.
To change the bridge priority of an existing bridge to a non-default value, issue a command in the following format:
~]$ nmcli connection modify bridge-br5 bridge.priority 36864
The allowed values are in the range 0 to 65535.
To view the bridge settings, issue the following command:
~]$ nmcli -f bridge con show bridge-br0
Further options for 802.1D STP are listed in the bridge section of the nmcli(1) man page.
To add, or enslave an interface, for example eth1, to the bridge bridge-br0, issue a command as follows:
~]$ nmcli con add type ethernet ifname eth1 master bridge-br0
Connection 'bridge-slave-eth1' (70ffae80-7428-4d9c-8cbd-2e35de72476e) successfully added.
At time of writing, nmcli only supports Ethernet slaves.
To change a value using interactive mode, issue the following command:
~]$ nmcli connection edit bridge-br0
You will be placed at the nmcli prompt.
nmcli> set bridge.priority 4096
nmcli> save
Connection 'bridge-br0' (79cf6a3e-0310-4a78-b759-bda1cc3eef8d) successfully saved.
nmcli> quit