How do I manage the "lo" loopback interface using NetworkManager?

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • NetworkManager service
  • Loopback network interface lo


  • How do I manage the lo loopback interface using NetworkManager?
  • The lo interface is shown as "unmanaged" in nmcli.
  • NetworkManager is not managing the loopback


RHEL 9.2

Managing the loopback interface is possible in NetworkManager 1.41.6 and later in RHEL 9.2.

RHEL 9.1 and earlier

Depending on needs, there are multiple ways to configure the loopback interface or provide similar functionality:

Root Cause

NetworkManager traditionally did not manage the loopback interface by design.

Red Hat customer Requests For Enhancement resulted in upstream work to add it, which was done in NetworkManager 1.41.6 with:

This is a large feature and was deemed too risky to backport to RHEL 8's earlier NetworkManager code.

Diagnostic Steps

Check the device state using older NetworkManager:

# nmcli device show
lo          loopback  unmanaged  --
net0        ethernet  connected  net0

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Some use cases might also be solved by using a dummy interface to add local IP addresses instead of using loopback. This is supported by NetworkManager: