OSPF Route Tagging


You want to tag specific routes to prevent routing loops during mutual redistributing between routing protocols.


You can tag external routes in OSPF by using the redistribute command with the tag keyword:

Router1#configure terminal 
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Router1(config)#router ospf 55
Router1(config-router)#redistribute eigrp 11 metric-type 1 subnets tag 67


Route tagging in OSPF is similar to route tagging in RIP Version 2 and EIGRP, which we discussed in Chapters 6 and 7, respectively. Just like those protocols, OSPF doesn’t directly use the route tags. But they are useful when distributing routes into foreign routing protocols.

In the example configuration, this router, Router1, is an ASBR that connects to a network that uses EIGRP process number 11. We have configured this router so that it redistributes these EIGRP routes into OSPF as External Type 1 routes with a tag value of 67:

Router5#show ip route
Routing entry for
  Known via "ospf 87", distance 110, metric 45
  Tag 67, type extern 1
  Redistributing via ospf 87
  Last update from on Ethernet0, 00:07:14 ago
  Routing Descriptor Blocks:
  *, from, 00:07:14 ago, via Ethernet0
      Route metric is 45, traffic share count is 1

The tags become useful when you go to redistribute the tagged routes into another network. For example, the following configuration ...

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