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Native IPv6 Networking

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Native IPv6 support is provided in all of our datacenters. IPv6 is enabled by default as well as IPv4. To check your Linode's public IP addresses click on the Remote Access tab.


The steps required in this guide require root privileges. Run the steps below as root or with the sudo prefix. For more information on privileges see our Users and Groups guide.


Setting up IPv6

IPv6 is automatically configured on your Linode. To view the network configuration of your Linode, run the ifconfig command. The output should look similar to the following:

root@europa ~]# ifconfig eth0
          eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr F2:3C:91:DB:26:B7
          inet addr:xx.xx.xx.xx  Bcast:xx.xx.xx.xx  Mask:
          inet6 addr: 2600:3c03::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64 Scope:Global
          inet6 addr: fe80::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:26002 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:20325 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:2585353 (2.4 MiB)  TX bytes:3245741 (3.0 MiB)

Alternately, the output for the network configuration using the ip addr command will look similar to the example below:

[root@europa ~]# ip addr show dev eth0
3: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 1000
   link/ether f2:3c:91:db:26:b7 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
   inet brd scope global eth0
      valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
   inet6 2600:3c03::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64 scope global dynamic
      valid_lft 2591986sec preferred_lft 604786sec
   inet6 fe80::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64 scope link
      valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

In the examples above, the IPv6 address associated with this Linode is "2600:3c03::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7," which is denoted by the "Scope:Global" declaration that follows it. The "/64" at the end of the addresses is part of the "CIDR" notation, which refers to the subnet that you are on. The "Scope:Link" declaration after the "fe80::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64" IP indicates a local link address.

To test the connection, you can use the ping6 utility:

[root@europa ~]# ping6 -c 3
PING 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=7.89 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=8.12 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=55 time=8.06 ms

--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2011ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 7.893/8.027/8.127/0.098 ms

The c option is for count, and the 3 is for the number of packets sent.

Note: For Linodes prior to the year 2012, you need to click the Enable IPv6 link from the Remote Access tab in the Linode Manager. A manual reboot will be required to enable IPv6.

IPv6 Address Pools

Additional blocks of IPv6 addresses may be requested at no charge. Addresses in these pools can be used on any of your Linodes that reside in the same facility. For example, if you have four Linodes in Newark, you could assign each of them addresses from your Newark address pool. Open a support ticket to request your IPv6 pool.

Your pool will be visible under the "Remote Access Tab" of the Linode Manager in a manner similar to the following:

Public IP Pools  2600:3c03:e000:0084::/64

Adding IPv6 Addresses

To attach an IP to your interface, issue the following command, be sure to replace the example IP with one of the addresses from your pool:

ip -6 addr add 2600:3c03:e000:0084::/64 dev eth0

You may verify that the IP has been brought up by issuing the ip -6 addr show eth0 command:

[root@europa ~]# ip -6 addr show eth0
3: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qlen 1000
    inet6 2600:3c03:e000:84::/64 scope global
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 2600:3c03::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64 scope global dynamic
       valid_lft 2591982sec preferred_lft 604782sec
    inet6 fe80::f03c:91ff:fedb:26b7/64 scope link
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

If you need to configure more than 16 IPv6 address, add a line to /etc/sysctl.conf that resembles the following:

File excerpt:/etc/sysctl.conf


If at any time you wish to see IPv6 addresses that are brought up on your Linode, issue the following command:

ip -6 addr show

Additionally, you can use the following command to see information about your network route:

ip -6 route show

Private and Floating IPs

Since addresses in your pool can be used on any of your Linodes in the same facility, you will not need to configure failover through the Linode Manager for any of your IPv6 addresses. However, you will still need to configure software on your Linode to handle the failover process.

IPv6 traffic to and from Linodes within the same facility is not counted towards your monthly transfer, so there is no need to request private IPv6 IPs.

Adding IPv6 Addresses

This section will provide instructions on how to configure your IPv6 addresses for a specific Linux distribution. In the examples below, we used the following pool with a /64 subnet: 2600:3c03:e000:0084:: - 2600:3c03:e000:84:ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:. Remember to replace the sample addresses with the ones you have been assigned.

Ubuntu / Debian

On Debian and Ubuntu distributions, you can edit your /etc/network/interfaces file. In this example, we will use the ip command to add and remove the address depending on the current action. If the interface is brought up, then add the address.


You should only add IPv6 addresses within the eth0 section, and not an interface label section such as eth0:0 or eth0:1.


auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
    up /sbin/ip -6 addr add 2600:3c03:e000:84::0/64 dev eth0
    up /sbin/ip -6 addr add 2600:3c03:e000:84::1/64 dev eth0
    up /sbin/ip -6 addr add 2600:3c03:e000:84::2/64 dev eth0

If the interface is being brought down, remove the address. You can also use similar syntax if you are using static IPv4 addresses.


auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
    down /sbin/ip -6 addr del 2600:3c03:e000:84::0/64 dev eth0
    down /sbin/ip -6 addr del 2600:3c03:e000:84::1/64 dev eth0
    down /sbin/ip -6 addr del 2600:3c03:e000:84::2/64 dev eth0

CentOS / Fedora

In CentOS and Fedora you will need to add an IPV6ADDR_SECONDARIES line to your /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 file. This line is a space separated list of the IPv6 addresses and the subnet you want brought up at boot. Below is an example of the configuration file.


IPV6ADDR_SECONDARIES="2600:3c03:e000:84::0/64 2600:3c03:e000:84::1/64 2600:3c03:e000:84::2/64"

Arch Linux

In Arch Linux, if you have a single fixed wired network connection, DHCP is already enabled by default. However, to manually configure IP addresses you will need to do the following:

  1. Navigate to examples directory:

    cd /etc/netctl/examples
  2. Copy and rename one of the sample network profiles to the netctl directory:

    cp /etc/netctl/examples/ethernet-dhcp /etc/netctl/ethernet-static
  3. Edit your newly copied file using a text editor:

    nano ethernet-static
  4. Enter your IPv6 networking information (i.e. IP address, subnet, etc.). Save and exit your profile.


    Description='A basic static ethernet connection'
        ## IPv4 Static Configuration
        Address=('xx.xx.xx.xx/24' '')
        ## For IPv6 autoconfiguration
        ## For IPv6 static address configuration
        ## DNS resolvers
        DNS=('xx.xx.xx.x' 'xx.xx.xx.x' 'xx.xx.xx.x')
  5. Enable your new network profile:

    netctl enable ethernet-static


The configuration of additional IPv6 addresses in Gentoo is simple. Append the IPv6 addresses and netmask you want to the config_eth0 line in /etc/conf.d/net. The list itself is a space separated list.


# This blank configuration will automatically use DHCP for any net.*
# scripts in /etc/init.d.  To create a more complete configuration,
# please review /usr/share/doc/openrc*/net.example* and save your configuration
# in /etc/conf.d/net (this file :]!).
config_eth0="dhcp 2600:3c03:e000:84::0/64 2600:3c03:e000:84::1/64 2600:3c03:e000:84::2/64"

IPv6 Pools

When dealing with IPv6, pool sizes can get very large, very fast. Linode offers three different sizes of IPv6 pools (/56, /64, and /116), with the default size being /64. The table below breaks down the number of available addresses per pool.

Subnet No. of IPS
/56 4,722,366,482,869,645,213,696
/64 18,446,744,073,709,551,616
/116 4,096

More Information

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Last edited by Bobbi L on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 (r4330).