Object Template

The object template includes information on how to complete the attribute values.

               Status       Instance     Search Status

route6:        [mandatory]  [single]     [primary/look-up key]
descr:         [mandatory]  [multiple]   [ ]
origin:        [mandatory]  [single]     [primary/inverse key]
holes:         [optional]   [multiple]   [ ]
org:           [optional]   [multiple]   [inverse key]
member-of:     [optional]   [multiple]   [ ]
inject:        [optional]   [multiple]   [ ]
aggr-mtd:      [optional]   [single]     [ ]
aggr-bndry:    [optional]   [single]     [ ]
export-comps:  [optional]   [single]     [ ]
components:    [optional]   [single]     [ ]
remarks:       [optional]   [multiple]   [ ]
notify:        [optional]   [multiple]   [inverse key]
mnt-lower:     [optional]   [multiple]   [inverse key]
mnt-routes:    [optional]   [multiple]   [inverse key]
mnt-by:        [mandatory]  [multiple]   [inverse key]
last-modified: [generated]  [single]     [ ]
source:        [mandatory]  [single]     [ ]



route6:        2001:0DB8::/32
descr:         route object for 2001:0DB8::/32
origin:        AS1234
mnt-lower:     MAINT-EXAMPLENET-AP
mnt-routes:    MAINT-EXAMPLENET-AP
mnt-by:        MAINT-EXAMPLENET-AP
last-modified: 2018-08-30T07:50:19Z
source:        APNIC


Attribute status


Attribute must be included in the object.  Failure to do so will result in errors.

Attribute Description
route6 The IPv6 address prefix to be routed.


descr A short description related to the object, including the organization responsible for the route6 object.
origin The AS number used to route the address prefix described in the route6 attribute.

  • The AS number must be registered in the APNIC Whois Database before it can be referenced in the route6 object.

Note: if the same address prefix is routed by more than one AS, that is, the network is multihomed, the origin attribute distinguishes between route6 objects with the same prefix in the route attribute.


mnt-by Lists a registered ‘mntner’ used to authorize and authenticate changes to this object.

  • A ‘mntner’ object is a database object used to authorize updates to the APNIC database.
  • When your database details are protected by a ‘mntner’ object, then only persons with access to the security information of that ‘mntner’ object will be able to change details.
  • In the web interface, the mnt-by attribute contains a link to the specified ‘mntner’.

last-modified It is a time stamp that is generated by the system to reflect when the object was last modified.

last-modified: 2018-08-30T07:50:19Z

source The database where the object is registered.

  • Use APNIC for objects in the APNIC Database.
  • Please use UPPERCASE letters.


Attribute may be deleted from the object. To delete an optional attribute you must also remove the attribute from the object template.  Failure to do so will result in errors.

Attribute Description
country Two letter ISO 3166 code of the country or economy where the admin-c is based. Please use UPPERCASE letters.

country: WF

holes Lists address prefixes that are not reachable through the IPv6 route.

  • Use this attribute to identify parts of the route6 object’s address prefix that have not yet been assigned.
member of Identifies a route-set object of which you wish this route6 to be a member.

Note: to be included as a member of the route-set, the route-set object must specify the maintainer of the route object in the route-set object’s mbrs-by-ref attribute. For more information, see RFC 2622 – Routing Policy Specification Language (RPSL), section

inject Specifies which routers perform the aggregation and when the routers should perform the aggregation.
aggr-mtd Specifies how the route aggregate is generated.
aggr-bndry TA set of Autonomous Systems which form the aggregation boundary.

  • If the aggr-bndry attribute is not included, the AS specified in the origin attribute is the sole aggregation boundary.
export-comps Specifies an RPSL filter that matches the more specific routes that need to be exported outside the aggregation boundary.
components The component routes used to form the aggregate.
remarks General remarks related to the role object.  Remarks can include a URL or RFC 822 address (if preceded by

  • May include a URL or instructions on where to send abuse complaints.
cross-mnt A mntner object to be notified of any overlaps with the prefix specified in the ‘route’ object. When an overlapping ‘route’ is added or removed, a notification will be sent to the email addresses
listed in the email attribute of the specified mntner object.
notify The email address to which notifications of changes to this object should be sent.

mnt-lower If no ‘mnt-routes’ attribute is included, the registered ‘mntner’ object specified in the mnt-lower attribute is used to control the creation of more specific route objects
within the prefix covered by this route object.
mnt-routes The identifier of a registered mntner object used to control the creation of route6 objects more specific than this route6 object.



Attribute value is generated by the database.


You will soon be able to updated this object in MyAPNIC.

Instances of attribute allowed

Attribute must appear only once in the object.
Attribute may appear multiple times in the object. For example, you may wish to include more than one admin-c attribute.


Attribute search status

Primary key
Primary keys distinguish an object from all other objects in the database. To update a primary key, you must delete the entire object and them create a new object with the updated information.
Lookup key
Attribute can be queried in the database to return the object.  Please note, however, that a lookup key does not uniquely identify an object.
Inverse key
Attribute can be used when performing an inverse query using the -i flag. For example, the query

-i mntner <MNTNER-NAME>

will return all objects with the specified maintainer in the mnt-by attribute.

Using route6 objects

Use route6 objects to help configure your network’s routers. Route6 objects, in combination with the aut-num and other related
objects, can be used to describe your IPv6 routing policy in a compact form. This can help your network identify routing policy errors and omissions more easily than by reading long configuration files.

  • Use automated tools, such as IRRToolset, to retrieve information from the route objects to create router configuration files for different architectures.
  • Configuration files produced this way are less prone to errors than manually configured routers.
  • If your network needs are complex, there are optional advanced technical attributes that allow you to specify route aggregation.