IP subnets are used to define or restrict routing. By default, Weave Net puts all containers into a subnet that spans the entire allocation range, so that every Weave-attached container can communicate with every other Weave-attached container.

If you want some isolation, you can choose to run containers on different subnets. To request the allocation of an address from a particular subnet, set the WEAVE_CIDR environment variable to net:<subnet> when creating the container, for example:

host1$ docker run -e WEAVE_CIDR=net: -ti weaveworks/ubuntu

You can ask for multiple addresses in different subnets and add in manually-assigned addresses (outside the automatic allocation range), for instance:

host1$ docker run -e WEAVE_CIDR="net: net: ip:" -ti weaveworks/ubuntu

Note: The “.0” and “.-1” addresses in a subnet are not used, as required by RFC 1122).

When working with multiple subnets in this way, it is usually desirable to constrain the default subnet - for example, the one chosen by the allocator when no subnet is supplied - so that it does not overlap with others. You can specify this by using --ipalloc-default-subnet:

host1$ weave launch --ipalloc-range --ipalloc-default-subnet

--ipalloc-range should cover the entire range that you will ever use for allocation, and --ipalloc-default-subnet is the subnet that will be used when you don’t explicitly specify one.

When specifying addresses, the default subnet can be denoted symbolically using net:default.

Mixing automatic and manual allocation

Containers can be started using a mixture of automatically-allocated addresses and manually-chosen addresses in the same range. However, you may find that the automatic allocator has already reserved a specific address that you wanted.

To reserve a range for manual allocation in the same subnet as the automatic allocator, you can specify an --ipalloc-range that is smaller than --ip-default-subnet, For example, if you launch weave with:

host1$ weave launch --ipalloc-range --ipalloc-default-subnet

then you can run all containers in the subnet, with automatic allocation using the lower half, leaving the upper half free for manual allocation.

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