How To Join Multicast Group In Linux

Networking in Linux is a vast field with numerous functionalities. One such functionality is the ability to communicate with multicast groups. This blog post details the process to join a multicast group in Linux.

Multicast is a networking protocol where one host can send a message to a special multicast IP address, and all listening network devices running the same multicast protocol and subscribed to the multicast group will receive the messages.

Step 1: Preparation

Before we begin, make sure that you have root or sudo privileges. Also, ensure that your Linux system has a network interface ready to receive multicast traffic.

Step 2: Use the ip Command

The ip command in Linux is used for several networking tasks. One such task is to add or remove multicast group membership. The syntax of the command is as follows:

ip maddr add <multicast_address> dev <network_interface>

Replace <strong>&lt;multicast_address&gt;</strong> with the address of the multicast group you want to join and <strong>&lt;network_interface&gt;</strong> with the name of your network interface.
For instance, to join the multicast group with the address on your eth0 network interface, you would run:

ip maddr add dev eth0

Step 3: Verify Your Membership

To confirm your membership in the multicast group, you can use the following command:

ip maddr show

This will display a list of all multicast addresses your network interfaces are subscribed to. If you see your multicast address and network interface in the output, you have successfully joined the multicast group.


Joining a multicast group in Linux enables your system to receive and process multicast traffic from that group. With the ip command, it is a straightforward process that even beginners can easily understand and perform.