An IPv6 is a preferred protocol over IPv4 in modern Windows and Linux systems.
In Linux, you can
ping IPv6 addresses using a standard
ping command as well as a special
This short note shows how to
ping the IPv6 addresses in Linux.
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Ping IPv6 Address in Linux
Use one of these commands to
ping the IPv6 addresses in Linux:
$ ping <ipv6-address-or-hostname> $ ping -6 <ipv6-address-or-hostname> $ ping6 <ipv6-address-or-hostname>
For example, to
ping the IPv6 address
2001:4860:4860::8888 (Google Public DNS), execute one of the commands below:
$ ping 2001:4860:4860::8888 $ ping -6 2001:4860:4860::8888 $ ping6 2001:4860:4860::8888 - sample output - PING 2001:4860:4860::8888(2001:4860:4860::8888) 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 2001:4860:4860::8888: icmp_seq=1 ttl=113 time=66.6 ms ...
You can also use these commands to
ping a hostname that resolves to the IPv6 address (DNS has the
AAAA record), for example:
$ ping google.com $ ping -6 google.com $ ping6 google.com - sample output - PING google.com(x0e.net (2a00:1450:4007:80e::200e)) 56 data bytes 64 bytes from x0e.net (2a00:1450:4007:80e::200e): icmp_seq=1 ttl=113 time=41.8 ms ...
If you want to enforce the IPv4 hostname resolution, execute:
$ ping -4 google.com $ ping4 google.com - sample output - PING google.com (18.104.22.168) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from f14.net (22.214.171.124): icmp_seq=1 ttl=114 time=30.6 ms ...
Check if IPv6 Support is Enabled
If the IPv6 protocol is not supported by the source device (e.g. your computer), the
ping6 commands will return the message as follows:
$ ping 2001:4860:4860::8888 - sample output - ping: connect: Network is unreachable
You can also check if the IPv6 support is enabled by running the
ip -6 route command:
$ ip -6 route - sample output - ::1 dev lo proto kernel metric 256 pref medium
The output about indicates that the IPv6 support is not enable on your system.
To enable it, check the IPv6 setting of your network card.
If the IPv6 support on your system is enabled, the
ip -6 route command should return something like:
$ ip -6 route - sample output - ::1 dev lo proto kernel metric 256 pref medium 2a02:8440:3240:b662::/64 dev wlp2s0 proto ra metric 600 pref medium fe80::/64 dev wlp2s0 proto kernel metric 600 pref medium default via fe80::2064:51ff:feda:bf27 dev wlp2s0 proto ra metric 600 pref high
If the IPv6 protocol is not supported by your router or the target devices, the
ping6 commands will report the “100% packet loss”:
$ ping 2001:4860:4860::8888 - sample output - PING 2001:4860:4860::8888(2001:4860:4860::8888) 56 data bytes ^C --- 2001:4860:4860::8888 ping statistics --- 94 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 95223ms
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