Mininet: An instant virtual network on your computer

Zuo Xiang, Patrick Seeling

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In this chapter, we provide a detailed introduction of the Mininet network emulator. Beginning with background motivation for network emulation, we provide a high-level overview of the Mininet emulator and contrast it to other popular software-based emulation approaches. We follow this discussion with a description of the common workflow for employing Mininet, including several code examples that highlight the salient commands needed to interface with the emulator. We comprehensively explain the in-depth features that enable the functionalities of Mininet to describe its underlying mechanisms for lightweight network simulation. We conclude with an example showcasing the different features discussed throughout this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Communication Networks
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Theory to Practice
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128204887
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Lightweight virtualization
  • Mininet
  • Network emulation


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