Nowadays it became more important to configure your server with IPv6 and make it accessible via IPv6. To achieve this you can use this article to configure IPv6 for your Ubuntu server.
- Root user or a user which has root privileges to make changes to the network interface.
- Working SSH connection to the server
Step 1 – Contact Support for an IPv6
If you do not have an IPv6 address assigned, the first step is to send an email to [email protected] in order the get the required information for configuring your server with IPv6.
Step 2 – Log in to your server
Open a terminal and log in to your server using SSH
ssh [email protected]_address_or_domain
Step 3 – Configure network configuration
Open your network interface file with your favorite editor. We have used nano in our example.
The file should be similar to configuration file below:
auto ens18 iface ens18 inet static address 193.33.61.xxx netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 188.8.131.52 dns-nameservers 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11
To add IPv6 we have to add a new block with the IPv6 configuration which you received from step 1. The network interface can be different on your installation on our installation the network interface is
iface ens18 inet6 static address 2a00:7b80:xxx:xxx::xxx netmask 48 gateway 2a00:7b80:xxx::1
Step 4 – Apply the changes
To apply the new changes we have to restart the network service of our server. This can be performed with the following command:
systemctl restart networking
Step 5 – Verify IPv6 on your Server
The final step is to check whether the configured IPv6 is working. If your own working station is supporting IPv6 you can test it through your terminal. You can find the commands below per Operating System.
ping -6 2a00:7b80:451:1::8
If you followed this article you should have a working IPv6 address on your server. This allows you to enable IPv6 in software which supports IPv6. For example, you can serve now Websites via IPv6 connection.