How can I permanently disable autoconfiguration of IPv6 in Linux? When I try to manually delete an address from an interface with:

ip -6 addr del 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334/64 dev eth1

It will reappear a few seconds later, I want it to be gone permanently, but without disabling IPv6 all together.


Auto configuration can be disabled temporary for eth1 with:

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.eth1.autoconf=0
sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.eth1.accept_ra=0

or for all interfaces with:

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.all.autoconf=0
sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_ra=0

Reenabling works by using 1 instead of 0 in the call.

Disabling it permanently can be done with an entry to /etc/sysctl.conf. On Debian Etch (probably on newer too), without setting the accept_ra, the system will autoconfigure using the Link local adress (fe80..)

As Gart mentioned below, automatic address configuration and router discovery will be disabled if the host itself is a router and accept_ra is not 2, i.e



net.ipv6.conf.<iface|all|default>.accept_ra=0 or net.ipv6.conf.<iface|all|default>.accept_ra=1.

where iface is your interface

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    Also, automatic address configuration and router discovery will be disabled if the host itself is a router, i.e net.ipv6.conf.all.forwarding=1 is set. – Gart Sep 18 '11 at 13:25

net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_ra=0 above should not be done, as RAs are necessary for indication of on-link and off-link for the prefix (as per RFC5942), as well as automated configuration of a number of other parameters, such as MTU, Neighbor Discovery timeouts etc.

If you want to disable autoconfiguration, either set the autoconf sysctl off as above, or switch off the A (autoconfiguration bit) in the Prefix Information Option (PIO) in the RA.

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.all.autoconf=0

This didn't work for me on Debian Wheezy. After examining /etc/sysctl.conf I needed to use

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.default.autoconf=0

The sysctl solution did not work for us on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic. We solved it by:

Editing /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml, configure:

      dhcp6: no
      accept-ra: no

You may need to use your interface name instead of eth0. After you save the file execute:

netplan apply or reboot

If you already have received an IPv6 IP from autoconfiguration and you want to remove it without rebooting, you can execute:

ip -6 addr del 1111:2222:1:0:aaaa:bbbb:cccc:dddd/64 dev eth0 

Of course you need to replace the IP and device in this command.

  • this has just made my day been scratching my head on this for a few months :D – anthonysomerset Sep 19 '18 at 12:48
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    I usually just scratch Google till I find it. – Jeroen Vermeulen - MageHost Sep 19 '18 at 13:09
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    This worked when I tried it, but the problem is turning accept-ra off is quite dangerous, as mentioned by Mark S - it appears to work but later you may find you're missing packets because they hit a fragmentation point or a failover router is used. Also it breaks pings. The reason I was trying to do this was to reliably match my SPF record in outgoing mail but then I realised I should have been using a netmask in the record instead because in IPv6 a range of addresses effectively belongs to a machine, not a single address. – Phil McKerracher Oct 26 '18 at 4:08

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