Neutron Service Developer Guide


This Karaf feature (odl-neutron-service) provides integration support for OpenStack Neutron via the OpenDaylight ML2 mechanism driver. The Neutron Service is only one of the components necessary for OpenStack integration. It defines YANG models for OpenStack Neutron data models and northbound API via REST API and YANG model RESTCONF.

Those developers who want to add new provider for new OpenStack Neutron extensions/services (Neutron constantly adds new extensions/services and OpenDaylight will keep up with those new things) need to communicate with this Neutron Service or add models to Neutron Service. If you want to add new extensions/services themselves to the Neutron Service, new YANG data models need to be added, but that is out of scope of this document because this guide is for a developer who will be using the feature to build something separate, but not somebody who will be developing code for this feature itself.

Neutron Service Architecture

Neutron Service Architecture

Neutron Service Architecture

The Neutron Service defines YANG models for OpenStack Neutron integration. When OpenStack admins/users request changes (creation/update/deletion) of Neutron resources, e.g., Neutron network, Neutron subnet, Neutron port, the corresponding YANG model within OpenDaylight will be modified. The OpenDaylight OpenStack will subscribe the changes on those models and will be notified those modification through MD-SAL when changes are made. Then the provider will do the necessary tasks to realize OpenStack integration. How to realize it (or even not realize it) is up to each provider. The Neutron Service itself does not take care of it.

How to Write a SB Neutron Consumer

In Boron, there is only one options for SB Neutron Consumers:

  • Listening for changes via the Neutron YANG model

Until Beryllium there was another way with the legacy I*Aware interface. From Boron, the interface was eliminated. So all the SB Neutron Consumers have to use Neutron YANG model.

Neutron YANG models

Neutron service defines YANG models for Neutron. The details can be found at

Basically those models are based on OpenStack Neutron API definitions. For exact definitions, OpenStack Neutron source code needs to be referred as the above documentation does not always cover the necessary details. There is nothing special to utilize those Neutron YANG models. The basic procedure will be:

  1. subscribe for changes made to the model

  2. respond on the data change notification for each models


Currently there is no way to refuse the request configuration at this point. That is left to future work.

public class NeutronNetworkChangeListener implements DataChangeListener, AutoCloseable {
    private ListenerRegistration<DataChangeListener> registration;
    private DataBroker db;

    public NeutronNetworkChangeListener(DataBroker db){
        this.db = db;
        // create identity path to register on service startup
        InstanceIdentifier<Network> path = InstanceIdentifier
        LOG.debug("Register listener for Neutron Network model data changes");
        // register for Data Change Notification
        registration =
                this.db.registerDataChangeListener(LogicalDatastoreType.CONFIGURATION, path, this, DataChangeScope.ONE);


    public void onDataChanged(
            AsyncDataChangeEvent<InstanceIdentifier<?>, DataObject> changes) {
        LOG.trace("Data changes : {}",changes);

        // handle data change notification
        Object[] subscribers = NeutronIAwareUtil.getInstances(INeutronNetworkAware.class, this);
        createNetwork(changes, subscribers);
        updateNetwork(changes, subscribers);
        deleteNetwork(changes, subscribers);

Neutron configuration

From Boron, new models of configuration for OpenDaylight to tell OpenStack Neutron/networking-odl its configuration/capability.


This is for OpenDaylight to tell per-node configuration to Neutron. Especially this is used by pseudo agent port binding heavily.

The model definition can be found at

How to populate this for pseudo agent port binding is documented at

Neutron extension config

In Boron this is experimental. The model definition can be found at

Each Neutron Service provider has its own feature set. Some support the full features of OpenStack, but others support only a subset. With same supported Neutron API, some functionality may or may not be supported. So there is a need for a way that OpenDaylight can tell networking-odl its capability. Thus networking-odl can initialize Neutron properly based on reported capability.

Neutron Logger

There is another small Karaf feature, odl-neutron-logger, which logs changes of Neutron YANG models. which can be used for debug/audit.

It would also help to understand how to listen the change.

API Reference Documentation

The OpenStack Neutron API references