How to Create and Delete VLAN on Cisco Catalyst Switch

by Ramesh Natarajan on October 28, 2011

One of the typical configuration activities you’ll perform on a Cisco Switch is to manipulate VLANs.

VLAN stands for Virtual Local Area Network.

In one physical cisco switch, you can create multiple VLANs that connects to different network.

For example, a VLAN for network, a VLAN for network, and a VLAN for network. All three of these can be configured in the same physical switch.

While these commands were tested on a cisco catalyst switch 3750 series, similar commands (may be with slight variation to the port number format) should work on all cisco switches.

Create VLAN on Cisco Switch

If you are planning to have only one network in your whole switch (for example, i.e All the ports in the switch will be connected to the network, then you don’t need to create a VLAN, just use the default VLAN 1.

Every switch comes with the default VLAN 1 as shown below. In this example, all the ports in this switch ( from 1 through 8 ) are part of the default VLAN 1.

#show vlan

VLAN Name       Status    Ports
---- -------------------------------- --------- ------------
1    default    active    Gi1/0/1, Gi1/0/2, Gi1/0/3, Gi1/0/4
                          Gi1/0/5, Gi1/0/6, Gi1/0/7, Gi1/0/8

In the following example, we are creating 192 VLAN network (for network). While creating a VLAN you also need to specify the range of ports from the switch that needs to be part of this VLAN network.

In this example, ports 3 through 6 are configured as part of 192 VLAN network.

config t
vlan 192
interface range gigabitEthernet 1/0/3-6
switchport access vlan 192

In the above commands:

  • config t – Goes into the configuration mode
  • vlan 192 – Creates VLAN 192
  • interface range gigabitEthernet 1/0/3-6 – Indicates that the port numbers 3 through 6 are assigned to this VLAN
  • swithport access vlan 192 – Indicates that the access to the vlan 192 is enabled

Apart from providing the access to the vlan 192 for the port numbers 3 through 6, you can also specify the following additional switchport configuration parameters (for example, nonegotiate and mode access)

config t
interface range gigabitEthernet 1/0/3-6
switchport mode access
switchport nonegotiate

Once you’ve created a VLAN verify it as shown below,

#show vlan

VLAN Name       Status    Ports
---- -------------------------------- --------- ------------
1    default    active    Gi1/0/1, Gi1/0/2, Gi1/0/7, Gi1/0/8
192  VLAN0192   active    Gi1/0/3, Gi1/0/4, Gi1/0/5, Gi1/0/6

On a side note, it is always recommended that you upgrade ISO image on your cisco switch to the latest version.

Delete VLAN on Cisco Switch

You might want to delete a VLAN, if you are planning to switch the ports assigned to VLAN 192 to a different VLAN. Or, you might want to delete a VLAN, just because you’ve created it by mistake.

Let us assume that you want to delete the VLAN 192 (ports 3 though 6) that you just created.

Deleting a VLAN is as simple as assigning the default VLAN 1 to the ports that are part of the VLAN you want to delete, and delete the VLAN.

i.e If you want to delete VLAN 192, assign VLAN 1 to the ports 3 through 6, and just delete the VLAN 192.

First, assign the default VLAN 1 to ports 3 though 6 as shown below.

interface range gigabitEThernet 1/0/3-6
switchport access vlan 1

Next, delete the vlan itself as shown below.

no vlan 192

Finally, verify that the VLAN 192 got deleted as shown below.

#show vlan

VLAN Name       Status    Ports
---- -------------------------------- --------- ------------
1    default    active    Gi1/0/1, Gi1/0/2, Gi1/0/3, Gi1/0/4
                          Gi1/0/5, Gi1/0/6, Gi1/0/7, Gi1/0/8

As a final note, if you don’t know what you are doing, do not execute any of the above commands on production switch, as you might bring down your network. Do this only on a test system, where you can play around and learn how to manipulate VLANs on cisco switch.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jalal hajigholamali October 28, 2011 at 8:32 am


Thanks a lot

2 Andrew October 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm

what about the hidden vlan.dat file ?
I think that is still in place even after using the no vlan command.

3 ciscofreek February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

yeah you will delete the vlans until such time as a reboot when the vlan.dat file will reinsert the vlans. You also need to delete the vlan.dat file in flash and also be aware of vtp updates if you are running multiple switches

4 Abubakar Abdulrasheed September 4, 2012 at 4:18 am

I really enjoyed the guide and comment given, this will help me in the cause of doing my job.

5 iulian October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

you must delete both vlan.dat an reasing interface

6 kavi kumar November 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm


Nice explaination fa cisco switch in VLAN.

thanks a lot…

7 sudhir kumar February 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

how to configure VLAN on cisco switch please reply

8 kevin March 21, 2013 at 3:19 am

How do i configure and set a cisco sf200 switch its an webbased switch.

i need 4 vlans 145, 146,147,148 to begin.
can anyone help.


9 solabayya May 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

nice explanations.

10 charan June 5, 2013 at 2:22 am

very good explanation

11 umesh tiwari October 24, 2013 at 7:14 am

How to create a two switch2950 configure vlan in cisco, drow and example step ?

12 kahil November 21, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi please can you help
how do the switch will know that port 3 to 6 are assigned to vlan 192 with the ip adress
in your configuration you only said port from 3 to 6
and vlan 192 but not defining the ip adress?

config t
vlan 192
interface range gigabitEthernet 1/0/3-6
switchport access vlan 192

also what 1/0 mean in “interface range gigabitEthernet 1/0/3-6″

and please how to assign port 1 and 2 to a vlan
and 3 and 4 to another vlan

thanks for your help

13 Mey January 22, 2014 at 5:33 am

Hi guy.
To create a vlan just select a number for the vlan, like 22. and then in global configuration mode type: vlan 22
(config)# vlan 22

14 paul March 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

I have a catalyst 3750g switch and I am new to cisco. The speed LED is off, in an article I read it says it transmit at 10 Mbps when off and 1000 Mbps when flashing. How do I set this to 1000 Mbps? what are the commands that I need to enter in the terminal emulator? Thanks in advance!

15 Francis otto Margai May 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

i love cisco

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