The ip_allow.config file controls client access to Traffic Server and Traffic Server connections to the servers. You can specify ranges of IP addresses that are allowed to connect to Traffic Server or that are allowed to be remapped by Traffic Server. After you modify the ip_allow.config file, navigate to the Traffic Server bin directory and run the traffic_ctl config reload command to apply changes.


Each line in ip_allow.config file must have on of the following formats format:

src_ip=<range of IP addresses> action=<action> [method=<list of methods separated by '|'>]
dest_ip=<range of IP addresses> action=<action> [method=<list of methods separated by '|'>]

For src_ip the remote inbound connection address, i.e. the IP address of the client, is checked against the specified range of IP addresses. For dst_ip the outbound remote address (i.e. the IP address to which Traffic Server connects) is checked against the specified IP address range.

Range specifications can be IPv4 or IPv6, but any single range must be one or the other. Ranges can be specified by two addresses, the lower address and the upper address, separated by a dash, -. Such a range inclusive and contains the lower, upper addresses and all addresses inbetween. A range can also be specified by an address and a CIDR mask, separated by a slash, /. This case is converted to a range of the previous case by retaining only the left most mask bits, clearing the rest for the lower address and setting them for the upper address. For instance, a mask of 23 would mean the left most 23 bits are kept and all bits to the right are cleared or set. Finally, a range can be a single IP address which matches exactly that address (the equivalent of a range with the lower and upper values equal to that IP address).

The value of method is a string which must consist of either HTTP method names separated by the character ‘|’ or the keyword literal ALL. This keyword may omitted in which case it is treated as if it were method=ALL. Methods can also be specified by having multiple instances of the method keyword, each specifiying a single method. E.g., method=GET|HEAD is the same as method=GET method=HEAD. The method names are not validated which means non-standard method names can be specified.

The action must be either ip_allow or ip_deny. This controls what Traffic Server does if the address is in the range and the method matches. If there is a match, Traffic Server allows the connection (for ip_allow) or denies it (ip_deny).

For each inbound or outbound connection the applicable rule is selectd by first match on the IP address. The rule is then applied (if the method matches) or its opposite is applied (if the method doesn’t match). If no rule is matched access is allowed. This makes each rule both an accept and deny, one explicit and the other implicit. The src_ip rules are checked when a host connects to Traffic Server. The dst_ip rules are checked when Traffic Server connects to another host.

By default the ip_allow.config file contains the following lines, which allows all methods to connections from localhost and denies the PUSH, PURGE, DELETE and TRACE methods to all other IP addresses (note this allows all other methods to all IP addresses):

src_ip=                                  action=ip_allow method=ALL
src_ip=::1                                        action=ip_allow method=ALL
src_ip=                    action=ip_deny  method=PUSH|PURGE|DELETE|TRACE
src_ip=::-ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff action=ip_deny  method=PUSH|PURGE|DELETE|TRACE

This could also be specified as:

src_ip=   action=ip_allow method=ALL
src_ip=::1         action=ip_allow method=ALL
src_ip=0/0         action=ip_deny  method=PUSH|PURGE|DELETE|TRACE
src_ip=::/0        action=ip_deny  method=PUSH|PURGE|DELETE|TRACE


The following example enables all clients access.:

src_ip= action=ip_allow

The following example allows access to all clients on addresses in a subnet:

src_ip= action=ip_allow

The following example denies access all clients on addresses in a subnet:

src_ip= action=ip_deny

If the entire subnet were to be denied, that would be:

src_ip= action=ip_deny

The following example allows to any upstream servers:

dest_ip= action=ip_allow

Alternatively this can be done with:

dest_ip=0/0 action=ip_allow

The following example denies to access all servers on a specific subnet:

dest_ip= action=ip_deny


dest_ip= action=ip_deny

If the goal is to allow only GET and HEAD requests to those servers, it would be:

dest_ip= action=ip_allow method=GET method=HEAD


dest_ip= action=ip_allow method=GET|HEAD

This will match the IP address for the targer servers on the outbound connection. Then, if the method is GET or HEAD the connection will be allowed, otherwise the connection will be denied.