Skydive relies on two main components:

  • skydive agent, has to be started on each node where the topology and flows informations will be captured
  • skydive analyzer, the node collecting data captured by the agents



  • Go >= 1.9
  • libpcap (dev)
  • libxml2 (dev)
  • libvirt (dev)
  • protoc >= 3.0
  • protobuf
  • npm



Below how to install the minimal required dependencies for Fedora and Ubuntu.


sudo dnf install -y git make patch golang findutils protobuf-c-compiler protobuf-devel \
  npm libpcap-devel libxml2-devel libvirt-devel


sudo apt-get install -y git make patch golang findutils protobuf-compiler libprotobuf-dev \
  npm libpcap0.8-dev libxml2-dev libvirt-dev


Create a dedicated GOPATH.

For example:

mkdir $HOME/go
export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$PATH

then get and build Skydive

mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
git clone \
cd $GOPATH/src/

eBPF support

Skydive can leverage eBPF programs for topology and flow capture. This provides a lightweight solution for retrieving topology information such as process socket information and for packet processing within the kernel.

Some extra dependencies are required :

  • llvm
  • clang
  • kernel-headers / linux-libc-dev
  • bcc / bcc-devel

To enable the eBPF support :

make install WITH_EBPF=true

DPDK flow capture support

Skydive support flow capture from DPDK NICs. This allows starting flow capture on-demand on DPDK interface like any other interface.

Some extra dependencies are required :

  • numactl-devel
  • kernel-devel

To enable the DPDK support :

make install WITH_DPDK=true

The DPDK probe requires some configuration adjustments. Below the DPDK configuration section :

  # DPDK port listening flows from
    # - 0
    # - 1

  # nb workers per port
  # workers: 4

  # debug message every n seconds
  # debug: 1

Ports to be used need to be uncommented or added.