Configuring BFD for PIM over IPv4

  • PIM must be enabled globally and on the specific interface that will support BFD.

  1. Enable BFD support with the command bfd.
  2. For most deployments, the default values for the following features do not need to be changed. If your deployment requires different settings, change the default values with the indicated command:
    BFD setting Default value Command to change it
    Sets the BFD detection multiplier on an interface. 5 bfd detect-multiplier
    Sets the minimum time interval between received BFD echo packets. 500 milliseconds bfd min-echo-receive-interval
    Sets the minimum time interval between transmitted BFD control packets on an interface. 3000 milliseconds bfd min-transmit-interval

    Configuring the timers to be too aggressive (for example, detect-multiplier of 1) can sometimes lead to BFD session flaps depending upon traffic conditions.

  3. Switch to the interface on which you want to enable BFD with the command interface.
  4. Enable BFD support with the command ip pim-sparse bfd.
  5. Review BFD configuration settings with the commands show bfd.


This example shows how to configure PIM and enable BFD on interface 1/1/2.

switch# config
switch(config)# bfd
switch(config)# router pim		
switch(config-pim)# enable
switch(config-pim)# exit
switch(config)# interface 1/1/2
switch(config-if)# no shutdown
switch(config-if)# ip address
switch(config-if)# ip pim-sparse enable
switch(config-if)# ip pim-sparse bfd
switch(config-if)# exit
switch(config)# exit
switch# show bfd
Admin status: enabled
Total number of control packets transmitted: 7
Total number of control packets received: 8
Total number of control packets dropped: 0
Session Interface VRF       Source IP           Destination IP         Echo     State        Application
------- --------- --------- ------------------- ---------------------- -------- ------------ ------------
1       1/1/2     default   N/A                      enabled  up           pim