How to configure Route Tagging

When you configure multipoint redistribution it’s a good idea to use route tagging to prevent advertising something from routing protocol “A” into “B” and back into “A”.  Let me give you an example:

redistribution multipoint

Above you see routing protocol A and B. At the bottom we find network /24. Let’s say that R1 redistributes this network from routing protocol A into B. R2 will learn about this network from routing protocol B and will redistribute it back into Routing Protocol A. This is something you want to avoid and we can do it with route tagging…here’s an example:

redistribution routetagging

When R1 redistributes network /24 into routing protocol B it should tag it. When R2 is going to redistribute routing information from routing protocol B into routing protocol A it will notice the tag and skip redistribution for network /24.

Of course the same thing applies to R2. I’m only showing you the example for R1:

R1#show ip route
Routing entry for
 Known via "ospf 1", distance 110, metric 20, type extern 2, forward metric 2
 Last update from on FastEthernet0/0, 00:00:04 ago
 Routing Descriptor Blocks:
  *, from, 00:00:04 ago, via FastEthernet0/0
      Route metric is 20, traffic share count is 1

You can use show ip route to check if a route has been tagged or not. Nothing has been tagged so far. Let’s configure route tagging:

R1(config)#route-map TAG deny 10
R1(config-route-map)#match tag 1
R1(config)#route-map TAG permit 20
R1(config-route-map)#set tag 1

You can tag routes using a route-map. I created a simple route-map called TAG with two sequence numbers:

  • Sequence number 10 says that when it matches tag number 1 that it should be denied.
  • Sequence number 20 says that we need to set tag number 1. There’s no “match” statement so EVERYTHING will match.
R1(config)#router rip
R1(config-router)#redistribute ospf 1 metric 5 route-map TAG
R1(config)#router ospf 1
R1(config-router)#redistribute rip subnets route-map TAG

Now I need to make sure we use the route-map when redistributing. The example above is for redistributing into RIP and OSPF. At the end of your redistribution command you need to specify the route-map. Everything that is redistributed INTO RIP or OSPF will have a tag of 1. Once again I’m only showing R1 but you need to do this on R2 as well.

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  1. Can you confirm if this is my correct reading of this route-map
    Networks from Protocol B ‘Jack’ are untagged until they enter Protocol A where they are Tagged - (The first statement is ignored because they are not Tagged)

    Jack(config)#route-map TAG permit 20
    Jack(config-route-map)#set tag 1 

    When these now Tagged routes hit ‘John’ Still in Protocol A they are denied from re-entering Protocol B via the First statement.

     route-map TAG deny 10
        John(config-route-map)#match tag 1

    But as you say the route-map has to deny the Tagged routes first or it will allow

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  2. Hello Rene,

    I have intlo0 with ip address of

    I have access-list 1 permit and route map route-map TST permit
    route-map TST
    set tag 222

    match ip address 1
    set tag 111

    and redistribute into ospf from eigrp

    redistribute eigrp 100 subnets route-map TST

    but at the destination router I only see tag 222 for the prefix instead of 111

    as son as I change the access list wild card mask to the destination router sees the correct tag of 111

    Could you please explain this why with wilcard the correct tag is not shown but wit

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  3. Hi Rene,
    Please please help me out regarding redistribution. when redistributing mutually between ospf and bgp by tagging and i m getting an error

    % “TAG1” used as redistribute ospf into bgp route-map, set tag not supported"

    route-map TAG1 deny 10
    match tag 1
    route-map TAG1 permit 20
    set tag 1


    according to the topology, I have to redistribute mutually bet OSPF and BGP at R3 and R4. I have to advertise from R3 and R4 towards R1 and R2. simple r

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  4. Hi Abdus,

    Route tagging when redistributing into BGP is not supported. That’s why you get that error:

    R1(config)#route-map SET_TAG permit 10
    R1(config-route-map)#set tag 10
    R1(config)#router bgp 1
    R1(config-router)#redistribute ospf 1 route-map SET_TAG
    % "SET_TAG" used as redistribute ospf into bgp route-map, set tag not supported

    You can use something else in BGP to “tag” redistributed routes, like a community value. Between OSPF and EIGRP, you can use tags to prevent routing loops.

    Let’s think about the things that could go wrong in a topology like this if

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  5. This would have been a lesson that a functioning topology would have been really nice. I had created one myself and had some issues and had a ten mile post but I figured out what my issue was. I basically didnt have a completed route-map configuration on R2. I have fixed that now and everything is working.

    Basically I was interested in the path of the traffic and the incomplete configuration on R2 was making it where nothing made sense but after I added the exact same configuration route-map wise on R2 everything was good.


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