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I want to get IPV6 address on my linux box. I know one command to get the IPV6 address.


$ ip addr show dev eth0 | sed -e's/^.*inet6 \([^ ]*\)\/.*$/\1/;t;d'



But issue is that I want only one occurrence that means only 2001:410:0:39:221:28ff:fe46:eef4 by single command.

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write a shell script and put those commands in there: voila, you have now created a "single" command. – akira Aug 31 '12 at 17:13
When dealing with IPv6 it is not really recommended to limit to a single addresses. There can be multiple global addresses, multiple link-local addresses, multiple site-local addresses... – grawity Aug 31 '12 at 17:25

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ip -6 addr

will show your IPv6 addresses.

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% ip -6 addr 1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 16436 inet6 ::1/128 scope host valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever ... still greppable – akira Aug 31 '12 at 17:13
$ /sbin/ifconfig | grep inet6
      inet6 addr: fe80::2ff:19ff:fe60:1a00/64 Scope:Link
      inet6 addr: fe80::211:22ff:fe33:4455/64 Scope:Link
      inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host

If you want a random selection of one IPv6 address

$ /sbin/ifconfig | grep inet6 | head -n 1
      inet6 addr: fe80::2ff:19ff:fe60:1a00/64 Scope:Link

If you want the IPv6 address of the most common name for the first Ethernet adapter

$ /sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep inet6
      inet6 addr: fe80::2ff:19ff:fe60:1a00/64 Scope:Link

If you just want the address

$ /sbin/ifconfig eth0 |  awk '/inet6/{print $3}'
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Use the following command to view your IP address on Linux:




Normally, IPv6 addresses look like 2001:5c0:9168::/48. If you are facing any conflict in your IP, follow the below steps to set an IP address again:

  1. To assign IPv6 IP addresses, make sure you have the iproute2 tools installed.
  2. Using them, let's start assign your IPs.
  3. Make sure that the IPv6 module installed or not. Then, use the following command to add new IP:

    ip -f inet6 addr add 2001:5c0:9168::2/64 dev eth0

    Afterwards, add default IP via

    ip -f inet6 ro add default via 2001:5c0:9168::1 dev eth0

After completing your installation, just reconfigure/restart your IPv6 enabled services, like Apache, SSH etc.

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