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In Arch Linux, IPv6 is enabled by default.

Neighbor discovery

Pinging the multicast address ff02::1 results in all hosts in link-local scope responding. An interface has to be specified:

$ ping ff02::1%eth0

With a ping to the multicast address ff02::2 only routers will respond.

If you add an option -I your-global-ipv6, link-local hosts will respond with their link-global scope addresses. The interface can be omitted in this case:

$ ping -I 2001:4f8:fff6::21 ff02::1

Stateless autoconfiguration (SLAAC)

The easiest way to acquire an IPv6 address as long as your network is configured is through Stateless address autoconfiguration (SLAAC for short). The address is automatically inferred from the prefix that your router advertises and requires neither further configuration nor specialized software such as a DHCP client.

For clients

If you are using netctl you just need to add the following line to your ethernet or wireless configuration.

 IP6=stateless

If you are using NetworkManager then it automatically enables IPv6 addresses if there are advertisements for them in the network.

Please note that stateless autoconfiguration works on the condition that IPv6 icmp packets are allowed throughout the network. So for the client side the ipv6-icmp packets must be accepted. If you are using the Simple stateful firewall/iptables you only need to add:

 -A INPUT -p ipv6-icmp -j ACCEPT

If you are using an other firewall frontend (ufw, shorewall, etc) consult their documentation on how to enable the ipv6-icmp packets.

For gateways

To properly hand out IPv6s to the network clients we will need to use an advertising daemon. The standard tool for this job is radvd and is available in official repositories. Configuration of radvd is fairly simple. Edit /etc/radvd.conf to include

# replace LAN with your LAN facing interface
interface LAN {
  AdvSendAdvert on;
  MinRtrAdvInterval 3;
  MaxRtrAdvInterval 10;
  prefix ::/64 {
    AdvOnLink on;
    AdvAutonomous on;
    AdvRouterAddr on;
  };
};

The above configuration will tell clients to autoconfigure themselves using addresses from the advertised /64 block. Please note that the above configuration advertises all available prefixes assigned to the LAN facing interface. If you want to limit the advertised prefixes instead of ::/64 use the desired prefix, eg 2001:DB8::/64. The prefix block can be repeated many times for more prefixes.

The gateway must also allow the traffic of ipv6-icmp packets on all basic chains. For the Simple stateful firewall/iptables add:

 -A INPUT -p ipv6-icmp -j ACCEPT
 -A OUTPUT -p ipv6-icmp -j ACCEPT
 -A FORWARD -p ipv6-icmp -j ACCEPT

Adjust accordingly for other firewall frontends and do not forget to enable radvd.service.

Privacy extensions

When a client acquires an address through SLAAC its IPv6 address is derived from the advertised prefix and the MAC address of the network interface of the client. This may raise security concerns as the MAC address of the computer can be easily derived by the IPv6 address. In order to tackle this problem the IPv6 Privacy Extensions standard (RFC 4941) has been developed. With privacy extensions the kernel generates a temporary address that is mangled from the original autoconfigured address. Private addresses are preferred when connecting to a remote server so the original address is hidden. To enable Privacy Extensions reproduce the following steps:

Add these lines to /etc/sysctl.d/40-ipv6.conf:

# Enable IPv6 Privacy Extensions
net.ipv6.conf.all.use_tempaddr = 2
net.ipv6.conf.default.use_tempaddr = 2
net.ipv6.conf.nic0.use_tempaddr = 2
...
net.ipv6.conf.nicN.use_tempaddr = 2

Where nic0 to nicN are your Network Interface Cards. The all.use_tempaddr or default.use_tempaddr parameters are not applied to nic's that already exist when the sysctl settings are executed.

After a reboot, at the latest, Privacy Extensions should be enabled.

dhcpcd

dhcpcd includes in its default configuration file since version 6.4.0 the option slaac private, which enables "Stable Private IPv6 Addresses instead of hardware based ones", implementing RFC 7217 (commit). Therefore, it is not necessary to change anything, except if it is desired to change of IPv6 address more often than each time the system is connected to a new network.

NetworkManager

NetworkManager does not honour the settings placed in /etc/sysctl.d/40-ipv6.conf. This can be verified by running $ ip -6 addr show interface after rebooting: no scope global temporary address appears besides the regular one.

To enable IPv6 Privacy Extensions by default, add these lines to /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

/etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
...
[connection]
ipv6.ip6-privacy=2

In order to enable IPv6 Privacy Extensions for individual NetworkManager-managed connections, edit the desired connection keyfile in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/ and append to its [ipv6] section the key-value pair ip6-privacy=2:

/etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/example_connection
...
[ipv6]
method=auto
ip6-privacy=2
Note: Although it may seem the scope global temporary IPv6 address created by enabling Privacy Extensions never gets renewed (it never shifts to deprecated status at the term of its valid_lft lifetime), it is to be verified over a longer period of time that this address does indeed change.

systemd-networkd

Systemd-networkd also does not honor the settings net.ipv6.conf.xxx.use_tempaddr placed in /etc/sysctl.d/40-ipv6.conf unless the option IPv6PrivacyExtensions is set with the value kernel in the .network file(s). Other options for the IPv6 Privacy Extensions like

 net.ipv6.conf.xxx.temp_prefered_lft
 net.ipv6.conf.xxx.temp_valid_lft

are honored, however.

See systemd-networkd and systemd.network(5) man page for details.

Static address

Sometime using static address can improve security. For example, if your local router uses Neighbor Discovery or radvd (RFC 2461), your interface will automatically be assigned an address based its MAC address (using IPv6's Stateless Autoconfiguration). This may be less than ideal for security since it allows a system to be tracked even if the network portion of the IP address changes.

To assign a static IP address using netctl, look at the example profile in /etc/netctl/examples/ethernet-static. The following lines are important:

...
# For IPv6 static address configuration
IP6=static
Address6=('1234:5678:9abc:def::1/64' '1234:3456::123/96')
Routes6=('abcd::1234')
Gateway6='1234:0:123::abcd'
Note: If you are connected IPv6-only, than you need to determine ipv6 dns server. For example
DNS=('6666:6666::1' '6666:6666::2')
If your provider did not give you ipv6 dns and you are not running your own, you can choose from resolv.conf article.

IPv6 and PPPoE

The standard tool for PPPoE, pppd, provides support for IPv6 on PPPoE as long as your ISP and your modem support it. Just add the following to /etc/ppp/pppoe.conf

 +ipv6

If you are using netctl for PPPoE then just add the following to your netctl configuration instead

 PPPoEIP6=yes

Prefix delegation (DHCPv6-PD)

Note: This section is targeted towards custom gateway configuration, not client machines. For standard market routers please consult the documentation of your router on how to enable prefix delegation.

Prefix delegation is a common IPv6 deployment technique used by many ISPs. It is a method of assigning a network prefix to a user site (ie. local network). A router can be configured to assign different network prefixes to various subnetworks. The ISP handles out a network prefix using DHCPv6 (usually a /56 or /64) and a dhcp client assigns the prefixes to the local network. For a simple two interface gateway it practically assigns an IPv6 prefix to the interface connected to to the local network from an address acquired through the interface connected to WAN (or a pseudo-interface such as ppp).

With dibbler

Dibbler is a portable DHCPv6 client a server which can be used for Prefix delegation. It is available in the AUR as dibblerAUR.

If you are using dibbler edit /etc/dibbler/client.conf

log-mode short
log-level 7
# use the interface connected to your WAN
iface "WAN" {
  ia
  pd
}
Tip: Read manpage dibbler-client(8) for more information.

With dhcpcd

Dhcpcd apart from IPv4 dhcp support also provides a fairly complete implementation of the DHCPv6 client standard which includes DHCPv6-PD. If you are using dhcpcd edit /etc/dhcpcd.conf. You might already be using dhcpcd for IPv4 so just update your existing configuration.

duid
noipv6rs
waitip 6
# Uncomment this line if you are running dhcpcd for IPv6 only.
#ipv6only

# use the interface connected to WAN
interface WAN
ipv6rs
iaid 1
# use the interface connected to your LAN
ia_pd 1 LAN
#ia_pd 1/::/64 LAN/0/64

This configuration will ask for a prefix from WAN interface (WAN) and delegate it to the internal interface (LAN). In the event that a /64 range is issued, you will need to use the 2nd ia_pd instruction that is commented out instead. It will also disable router solicitations on all interfaces except for the WAN interface (WAN).

Tip: Also read: manpages dhcpcd(8) and dhcpcd.conf(5).

With WIDE-DHCPv6

WIDE-DHCPv6 is an open-source implementation of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6) originally developed by the KAME project. It is available in the AUR as wide-dhcpv6AUR.

If you are using wide-dhcpv6 edit /etc/wide-dhcpv6/dhcp6c.conf

# use the interface connected to your WAN
interface WAN {
  send ia-pd 0;
};
 
id-assoc pd 0 {
  # use the interface connected to your LAN
  prefix-interface LAN {
    sla-id 1;
    sla-len 8;
  };
};
Note: sla-len should be set so that (WAN-prefix) + (sla-len) = 64. In this case it is set up for a /56 prefix 56+8=64. For a /64 prefix sla-len should be 0.

To enable/start wide-dhcpv6 client use the following command. Change WAN with the interface that is connected to your WAN.

# systemctl enable/start dhcp6c@WAN.service
Tip: Read manpages dhcp6c(8) and dhcp6c.conf(5) for more information.

IPv6 on Comcast

dhcpcd -4 or dhcpcd -6 worked using a Motorola SURFBoard 6141 and a Realtek RTL8168d/8111d. Either would work, but would not run dual stack: both protocols and addresses on one interface. (The -6 command would not work if -4 ran first, even after resetting the interface. And when it did, it gave the NIC a /128 address.) Try these commands:

# dhclient -4 enp3s0
# dhclient -P -v enp3s0

The -P argument grabs a lease of the IPv6 prefix only. -v writes to stdout what is also written to /var/lib/dhclient/dhclient6.leases:

Bound to *:546
Listening on Socket/enp3s0
Sending on   Socket/enp3s0
PRC: Confirming active lease (INIT-REBOOT).
XMT: Forming Rebind, 0 ms elapsed.
XMT:  X-- IA_PD a1:b2:cd:e2
XMT:  | X-- Requested renew  +3600
XMT:  | X-- Requested rebind +5400
XMT:  | | X-- IAPREFIX 1234:5:6700:890::/64

IAPREFIX is the necessary value. Substitute ::1 before the CIDR slash to make the prefix a real address:

# ip -6 addr add 1234:5:6700:890::1/64 dev enp3s0

Disable IPv6

Note: The Arch kernel has IPv6 support built in directly, therefore a module cannot be blacklisted.

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Reason: Add reasons why users may want to disable IPv6, such as low-quality DNS servers or firewall rules (Discuss in Talk:IPv6#)

Disable functionality

Warning: Disabling the IPv6 stack can break certain programs which expect it to be enabled. FS#46297

Adding ipv6.disable=1 to the kernel line disables the whole IPv6 stack, which is likely what you want if you are experiencing issues. See Kernel parameters for more information.

Alternatively, adding ipv6.disable_ipv6=1 instead will keep the IPv6 stack functional but will not assign IPv6 addresses to any of your network devices.

One can also avoid assigning IPv6 addresses to specific network interfaces by adding the following sysctl config to /etc/sysctl.d/40-ipv6.conf:

# Disable IPv6
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.nic0.disable_ipv6 = 1
...
net.ipv6.conf.nicN.disable_ipv6 = 1

Note that you must list all of the targeted interfaces explicitly, as disabling all.disable_ipv6 does not apply to interfaces that are already "up" when sysctl settings are applied.

Note 2, if disabling IPv6 by sysctl, you should comment out the IPv6 hosts in your /etc/hosts:

#<ip-address> <hostname.domain.org> <hostname>
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
#::1 localhost.localdomain localhost

otherwise there could be some connection errors because hosts are resolved to their IPv6 address which is not reachable.

Other programs

Disabling IPv6 functionality in the kernel does not prevent other programs from trying to use IPv6. In most cases, this is completely harmless, but if you find yourself having issues with that program, you should consult the program's manual pages for a way to disable that functionality.

dhcpcd

dhcpcd will continue to harmlessly attempt to perform IPv6 router solicitation. To disable this, as stated in the dhcpcd.conf (5) man page, add the following to /etc/dhcpcd.conf:

noipv6rs
noipv6

NetworkManager

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Reason: Specific approach to disable via GUI (Discuss in Talk:IPv6#)

To disable IPv6 in NetworkManager, right click the network status icon, and select Edit Connections > Wired > Network name > Edit > IPv6 Settings > Method > Ignore/Disabled

Then click "Save".

ntpd

Following advice in Systemd#Drop-in snippets, change how systemd starts ntpd.service:

# systemctl edit ntpd.service

This will create a drop-in snippet that will be run instead of the default ntpd.service. The -4 flag prevents IPv6 from being used by the ntp daemon. Put the following into the drop-in snippet:

[Service]
ExecStart=
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ntpd -4 -g -u ntp:ntp

which first clears the previous ExecStart, and then replaces it with one that includes the -4 flag.

See also