How To Install babeld on Ubuntu 21.04

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install babeld on Ubuntu 21.04. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update babeld.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install babeld

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is babeld and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Ubuntu 21.04. This guide was written specifically with a server running Ubuntu 21.04 in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install babeld on Ubuntu 21.04. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install babeld using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install babeld using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install babeld

Install babeld using apt

Because babeld is available in Ubuntu 21.04’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install babeld using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install babeld

Install babeld using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Ubuntu 21.04. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install babeld by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install babeld

How to upgrade (update) a single package babeld using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the babeld, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install babeld

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall babeld from Ubuntu 21.04

To uninstall only the babeld package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove babeld

Uninstall babeld and all its dependencies

To uninstall babeld and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Ubuntu 21.04, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove babeld

Remove babeld with all configurations and data

To remove babeld configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge babeld

Remove babeld completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to babeld package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge babeld

Extra info and code examples

Babel is a distance-vector routing protocol for IPv6 and IPv4 with fast convergence properties, described in RFC 6126. It was designed to be robust and efficient on both wireless mesh networks and classical wired networks. Babel has extremely modest memory and CPU requirements. Unlike most routing protocols, which route either IPv4 or IPv6 but not both at the same time, Babel is a hybrid IPv6 and IPv4 protocol: a single update packet can carry both IPv6 and IPv4 routes (this is similar to how multi-protocol BGP works). This makes Babel particularly efficient on dual (IPv6 and IPv4) networks. This implementation also includes a radio frequency-aware variant of Babel. Babel has the following features: * it is a distance-vector protocol; * it is a proactive protocol, but with adaptative (reactive) features; * it senses link quality for computing route metrics using a variant of the ETX algorithm; * it uses a feasibility condition that guarantees the absence of loops (the feasibility condition is taken from EIGRP and is somewhat less strict than the one in AODV); * it uses sequence numbers to make old routes feasible again (like DSDV and AODV, but unlike EIGRP); * it speeds up convergence by reactively requesting a new sequence number (like AODV, and to a certain extent EIGRP, but unlike DSDV); * it allows redistributed external routes to be injected into the routing domain at multiple points (like EIGRP, but unlike DSDV and AODV).


You now have a full guide on how to install babeld using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the babeld from Ubuntu 21.04.

See also:

How To Install babeld on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install babeld on Ubuntu 21.04

How To Install babeld on CentOS 8

How To Install babeld on Debian 11

How To Install babeld on Kali Linux

How To Install babeld on Fedora 34