default or selected kernelversion does not have config value CONFIG_IP_NF_MATCH_RECENT.
Result is shown for kernelversion 5.4.123

recent match support

modulename: ipt_recent.ko


Linux Kernel Configuration
└─>Networking support
└─>Networking options
└─>Network packet filtering (replaces ipchains)
└─>IP: Netfilter Configuration
└─>recent match support
In linux kernel since version 2.6.12  
This match is used for creating one or many lists of recently
used addresses and then matching against that/those list(s).

Short options are available by using 'iptables -m recent -h'
Official Website: <>

To compile it as a module, choose M here. If unsure, say N.

source code: