Linux kernel reference.

Commandline Parameters

Talos supports a number of kernel commandline parameters. Some are required for it to operate. Others are optional and useful in certain circumstances.

Several of these are enforced by the Kernel Self Protection Project KSPP.

Required parameters:

  • talos.platform: can be one of akamai, aws, azure, container, digitalocean, equinixMetal, gcp, hcloud, metal, nocloud, openstack, oracle, scaleway, upcloud, vmware or vultr
  • slab_nomerge: required by KSPP
  • pti=on: required by KSPP

Recommended parameters:

  • init_on_alloc=1: advised by KSPP, enabled by default in kernel config
  • init_on_free=1: advised by KSPP, enabled by default in kernel config

Available Talos-specific parameters


Initial configuration of the interface, routes, DNS, NTP servers (multiple ip= kernel parameters are accepted).

Full documentation is available in the Linux kernel docs.


Talos will use the configuration supplied via the kernel parameter as the initial network configuration. This parameter is useful in the environments where DHCP doesn’t provide IP addresses or when default DNS and NTP servers should be overridden before loading machine configuration. Partial configuration can be applied as well, e.g. ip=:::::::<dns0-ip>:<dns1-ip>:<ntp0-ip> sets only the DNS and NTP servers.

IPv6 addresses can be specified by enclosing them in the square brackets, e.g. ip=[2001:db8::a]:[2001:db8::b]:[fe80::1]::controlplane1:eth1::[2001:4860:4860::6464]:[2001:4860:4860::64]:[2001:4860:4806::].

<netmask> can use either an IP address notation (IPv4:, IPv6: [ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff::0]), or simply a number of one bits in the netmask (24).

<device> can be traditional interface naming scheme eth0, eth1 or enx<MAC>, example: enx78e7d1ea46da

DHCP can be enabled by setting <autoconf> to dhcp, example: ip=:::::eth0.3:dhcp. Alternative syntax is ip=eth0.3:dhcp.


Bond interface configuration.

Full documentation is available in the Dracut kernel docs.


Talos will use the bond= kernel parameter if supplied to set the initial bond configuration. This parameter is useful in environments where the switch ports are suspended if the machine doesn’t setup a LACP bond.

If only the bond name is supplied, the bond will be created with eth0 and eth1 as slaves and bond mode set as balance-rr

All these below configurations are equivalent:

  • bond=bond0
  • bond=bond0:
  • bond=bond0::
  • bond=bond0:::
  • bond=bond0:eth0,eth1
  • bond=bond0:eth0,eth1:balance-rr

An example of a bond configuration with all options specified:


This will create a bond interface named bond1 with eth3 and eth4 as slaves and set the bond mode to 802.3ad, the transmit hash policy to layer2+3 and bond interface MTU to 1450.


The interface vlan configuration.

Full documentation is available in the Dracut kernel docs.

Talos will use the vlan= kernel parameter if supplied to set the initial vlan configuration. This parameter is useful in environments where the switch ports are VLAN tagged with no native VLAN.

Only one vlan can be configured at this stage.

An example of a vlan configuration including static ip configuration:

vlan=eth0.100:eth0 ip=

This will create a vlan interface named eth0.100 with eth0 as the underlying interface and set the vlan id to 100 with static IP and as default gateway.


Disable the predictable network interface names by specifying net.ifnames=0 on the kernel command line.


The amount of time to wait after a panic before a reboot is issued.

Talos will always reboot if it encounters an unrecoverable error. However, when collecting debug information, it may reboot too quickly for humans to read the logs. This option allows the user to delay the reboot to give time to collect debug information from the console screen.

A value of 0 disables automatic rebooting entirely.


The URL at which the machine configuration data may be found (only for metal platform, with the kernel parameter talos.platform=metal).

This parameter supports variable substitution inside URL query values for the following case-insensitive placeholders:

  • ${uuid} the SMBIOS UUID
  • ${serial} the SMBIOS Serial Number
  • ${mac} the MAC address of the first network interface attaining link state up
  • ${hostname} the hostname of the machine

The following example${hostname}&m=${mac}&s=${serial}&u=${uuid}

may translate to

For backwards compatibility we insert the system UUID into the query parameter uuid if its value is empty. As in =>


When the kernel parameter talos.config=metal-iso is set, Talos will attempt to load the machine configuration from any block device with a filesystem label of metal-iso. Talos will look for a file named config.yaml in the root of the filesystem.

For example, such ISO filesystem can be created with:

mkdir iso/
cp config.yaml iso/
mkisofs -joliet -rock -volid 'metal-iso' -output config.iso iso/


Kernel parameters prefixed with talos.config.auth. are used to configure OAuth2 authentication for the machine configuration.


The platform name on which Talos will run.

Valid options are:

  • akamai
  • aws
  • azure
  • container
  • digitalocean
  • equinixMetal
  • gcp
  • hcloud
  • metal
  • nocloud
  • openstack
  • oracle
  • scaleway
  • upcloud
  • vmware
  • vultr


The board name, if Talos is being used on an ARM64 SBC.

Supported boards are:

  • bananapi_m64: Banana Pi M64
  • libretech_all_h3_cc_h5: Libre Computer ALL-H3-CC
  • rock64: Pine64 Rock64


The hostname to be used. The hostname is generally specified in the machine config. However, in some cases, the DHCP server needs to know the hostname before the machine configuration has been acquired.

Unless specifically required, the machine configuration should be used instead.


The type of shutdown to use when Talos is told to shutdown.

Valid options are:

  • halt
  • poweroff

A network interface which should be ignored and not configured by Talos.

Before a configuration is applied (early on each boot), Talos attempts to configure each network interface by DHCP. If there are many network interfaces on the machine which have link but no DHCP server, this can add significant boot delays.

This option may be specified multiple times for multiple network interfaces.


Resets the disk before starting up the system.

Valid options are:

  • system resets system disk.
  • system:EPHEMERAL,STATE resets ephemeral and state partitions. Doing this reverts Talos into maintenance mode.


Talos defaults to always using the unified cgroup hierarchy (cgroupsv2), but cgroupsv1 can be forced with talos.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=0.

Note: cgroupsv1 is deprecated and it should be used only for compatibility with workloads which don’t support cgroupsv2 yet.


By default, Talos redirects kernel logs to virtual console /dev/tty1 and starts the dashboard on /dev/tty2, then switches to the dashboard tty.

If you set talos.dashboard.disabled=1, this behavior will be disabled. Kernel logs will be sent to the currently active console and the dashboard will not be started.

It is set to be 1 by default on SBCs.


Each value of the argument sets a default environment variable. The expected format is key=value.


talos.environment=http_proxy= talos.environment=https_proxy=