Created: 2014-05-19 12:05
Updated: 2017-12-25 07:42


Avior 2.0

![Avior Logo] (https://raw.githubusercontent.com/1PhoenixM/avior-service/master/assets/images/avior_logo_alt_trans.png)

Avior is a network management GUI designed for OpenFlow networks, focusing on versatility and usability with a variety of dynamic network statistics and useful management tools.

![Avior Screenshots] (https://raw.githubusercontent.com/1PhoenixM/avior-service/master/assets/images/Avior.png) Development screenshots taken August 26, 2014. Click to enlarge.

![Avior Screenshots] (https://raw.githubusercontent.com/1PhoenixM/avior-service/master/assets/images/AviorFlowAndTopology.png) Development screenshots taken September 19, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Features include:

  • Dynamic stats about the controller, hosts, and switches on the network
  • Network topology rendered with d3.js
  • Static Flow Pusher
  • Firewall

To install and use:

Dependencies: node.js, sails.js (via npm)

  1. If you have git installed, git clone this repository. Alternatively you can download the .zip file from this page.

    git clone http://github.com/1PhoenixM/avior-service

  2. In a terminal, run:

    cd avior-service

To fix package problems, run: > npm install

  1. If you need to stop the server, go to the terminal, hold the CTRL key, and type 'C'. To start the server, run:

    sails lift

  2. In your browser, visit:


  3. Select your SDN controller. Currently supported:

  1. Enter the IP address of your controller and click "Start Avior".

  2. Log in with admin/admin.

  3. The Avior API and GUI is now available! Use it to monitor a real network or a Mininet-generated network.

  4. Visit sdn.marist.edu for more on Avior and other SDN projects.


Clicking the menu button in the top left corner opens the menu.


  • Controller - A brief summary, showing which controller is being used, its uptime, memory usage, its status, and which Java modules are loaded.
  • Hosts - A list of hosts with their MAC and IP addresses.
  • Switches - A list of switches and their ports and flows.
  • Topology - A graphical topology of switches, hosts, and their links. You can change the colors via the Advanced tab.


  • Flow Editor - Flow Editor allows you to create and delete static flows on the network.
  • Firewall - Currently a Floodlight-only feature, Firewall allows you to block certain ports.


  • Setup - The landing page of Avior, where you can choose your controller and enter an IP address to switch controllers at any time. No need to restart the server.
  • Plugins - Visit http://github.com/1PhoenixM/avior-plugin-template for details on how to create an Avior plugin. Requires restart to take effect.
  • Options - Allows you to configure the GUI panels. No need to restart the server.


Q: The interface isn't loading, or reports 0 switches when there are switches connected.

  • A: Especially for OpenDaylight Hydrogen, the web interface is still a little buggy. Clearing your web cache and refreshing your browser should fix the issue.

Q: The Sails server crashes with an ECONN_REFUSED error.

  • A: Close all instances of Avior in the browser and restart the server. Be sure to visit localhost:1337 first to select your controller and point Avior at a valid IP address.

Notes on configuring OpenDaylight Helium SR-1:

On OpenDaylight Karaf Distribution startup, install the following components:

feature:install odl-restconf odl-l2switch-switch odl-mdsal-apidocs odl-dlux-core odl-adsal-compatibility odl-nsf-all odl-openflowplugin-flow-services odl-openflowplugin-flow-services-rest odl-openflowplugin-flow-services-ui

Once the API servers are running, Avior can poll data from them.


This is a normalized JSON REST API over HTTP that can be used under Floodlight or OpenDaylight. All methods are GET unless otherwise specified.

  • /memory/find - TotalMemory and FreeMemory used by the controller.

  • /modules/find - List of all loaded Java modules / classes used by the controller.

  • /health/find - The health of the controller.

  • /uptime/find - Uptime of the controller.

  • /host/find - Lists all hosts on the network, their MAC and IP addresses.

  • /switch/find - A list of switches on the controller and a port list for each one.

  • /switchdesc/find/:dpid - Description of the switch, including its manufacturer, hardware, software and serial number.

  • /switchfeatures/find - Features of the switches.

  • /aggregate/find - Aggregate stats, packet and byte counts.

  • /switchports/find/:dpid - Port Statistics for each port on a switch including RX and TX packets and bytes, etc.

  • /flowstats/find/:dpid - Flows on the switches.

  • /alterflow/find - Static flows on the switches.

  • /alterflow/create - (POST) Create a new static flow.

  • /alterflow/destroy - (DELETE) Destroy an existing static flow. This action cannot be undone.

  • /clearflows - Clears ALL flows. This action cannot be undone.

  • /topology/find - Topology of the network, showing how switches and hosts are connected through port links.

a Sails application

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