IPv6 is a most recent version of internet protocol. It was indeed to replace the commonly used internet protocol IPv4. In the modern internet world, most of the people are switching their network to IPV6 because of the advantages it provides:

  • More Efficient Routing
  • More Efficient Packet Processing
  • Security
  • Simplified Network Configuration
  • IPv6 has more addresses

So now let’s see how we can setup Amazon AWS EC2 with IPv6 address. First, you have to launch an instance with preferred EC2 type. Here, we have chosen free tier t2.micro.

Launch an Instance

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launch an instance
Fig 1. Launch an instance

Click on launch instance. Then, Select the AMI as you wish.

Choose AMI
Fig 2. Choose AMI

On the next window, you can choose the Instance Type, like t2.micro, t2.medium etc. So you can choose the instance type based on your requirement. Once you have selected your instance type, then click on Next: Configure instance details.

On the very next window you can see the instance configuration details, If you want to change parameters you can change it. Otherwise move on to Next Add Storage.

Configure instance details
Fig 3. Configure instance details

So in this window, you can increase the storage. By default, EC2 has 8 GB. They will provide up to 30 GB as free if it’s a new account with free tier t2.micro.

If you want more storage, you can increase disk size or you can add new EBS volume to your EC2.

add storage
Fig 4. Add storage

Finally, click on Review and Launch. You can edit your security group. Here you can configure to block/unblock Inbound and Outbound connections to EC2.

Click on Edit Security Group to add more ports like Apache and FTP, By default, it has only SSH port 22. Here we have enabled all inbound traffic to my EC2 & enabled IPV4, IPV6 ICMP. If you fail to enable the ICMP you cannot test the IP addresses using ping.

Choose security group
Fig 5. Choose security group

Click on Review and Launch.

When you click on Launch, you have to create a key pair to access your EC2. Type your key pair name, download it and keep it in a safe location.

Select key pair
Fig 6. Select key pair

Go to EC2 Dashboard. You could see that your new instance is created

Attach IPv4 Elastic IP to EC2:

Step 1. Click on Elastic IP’s (Under Network and Security)
Step 2. Allocate new address
Step 3. You will get a new IPv4 addresses
Step 4. Go to elastic IP’s >> Select the IPv4 address >> Actions >> Associate addresses
Step 5. In the associate address fields, you have to put your instance ID and private IP

You can see your instance ID from EC2 Dashboard, it’s looking like 02de68049e850de34

Step6. Click on Associate >> now you will get a permanent IPv4 address for your EC2.

$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=235 time=270 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=235 time=271 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=235 time=271 ms

So now IPv4 is okay.

Now you can login to the ec2 instance using keypair & IPv4 addresses

ifconfig result
Fig 7. ifconfig result

Attach IPv6 on EC2

On the AWS dashboard, you can see no IPv6 addresses attached for your EC2.

Instance List
Fig 8. Instance List

Step 1. Go to AWS main dashboard. Select VPC

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) enables you to launch AWS resources into a virtual network that you’ve defined. This virtual network closely resembles a traditional network that you’d operate in your own data center, with the benefits of using the scalable infrastructure of AWS.

For more information about VPC refer


Fig 9. VPC

You could see one VPC is running, so select that VPC. It’s a default VPC that attached to our EC2.

Fig 10. VPC

Step 2. Select your VPC >> Actions >> Edit CIDR’s

Step 3. In this window click on Add IPv6 CIDR’s

Fig 11. Edit CIDR

So new IPv6 CIDR’s is associated. Now go back to VPC dashboard.

Step 4. The next part is to edit the subnets.

Go to Subnets, to list all subnets. Enable IPv6 CIDR’s for all subnets

Fig 12. Subnets

Select the subnets >> Subnet actions >> Edit IPv6 CIDR’s >> Add IPV6 CIDR’s

Edit IPv6 CIDR
Fig 13. Edit IPv6 CIDR

You can edit the subnet in the 00 field like 00, 01, 02 likewise

So the same for all subnets, I have done for all my three subnets.

Step 5. Edit the Route tables.

Route Tables

A route table contains a set of rules, called routes, that are used to determine where network traffic is directed.

Each subnet in your VPC must be associated with a route table; the table controls the routing for the subnet. A subnet can only be associated with one route table at a time, but you can associate multiple subnets with the same route table.

For more information about AWS Route table refer https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonVPC/latest/UserGuide/VPC_Route_Tables.html

In this Route table, you have to edit it to accept IPv6 connection

Route table
Fig 14. Route table

Goto Routes >> Edit >> Add another rule >> add ::/0 then target igw-73f83f1b, just same as IPv4

Route tables
Fig 15: Route tables

Click Save.

Route table
Fig 16: Route table

Step 6. Now we can assign an IPv6 address for our EC2.

Go to EC2 Dashboard >> Select your EC2 instance

Click on Actions >> Networking >> Manage IP addresses

You will see a window to assign IPv6 addresses

Manage IP addresses
Fig 17: Manage IP addresses

Click on Assign new IP on the IPv6 addresses >> Yes Update

we got a new IPv6 address


Manage IP Addresses
Fig 18: Manage IP addresses

Go to your instance and check EC2

ifconfig result
Fig 19: ifconfig result

[root@ip-172-31-44-194 ec2-user]# ping6 2600:1f16:ba0:d101:4fec:5f48:5cac:17ad
PING 2600:1f16:ba0:d101:4fec:5f48:5cac:17ad(2600:1f16:ba0:d101:4fec:5f48:5cac:17ad) 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 2600:1f16:ba0:d101:4fec:5f48:5cac:17ad: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.041 ms
64 bytes from 2600:1f16:ba0:d101:4fec:5f48:5cac:17ad: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.043 ms
64 bytes from 2600:1f16:ba0:d101:4fec:5f48:5cac:17ad: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.043 ms

[root@ip-172-31-44-194 ec2-user]# ping6 www.google.com
PING www.google.com(ord38s09-in-x04.1e100.net) 56 data bytes
64 bytes from ord38s09-in-x04.1e100.net: icmp_seq=1 ttl=44 time=18.9 ms
64 bytes from ord38s09-in-x04.1e100.net: icmp_seq=2 ttl=44 time=18.9 ms
64 bytes from ord38s09-in-x04.1e100.net: icmp_seq=3 ttl=44 time=18.9 ms

You can also test the IPv6 from outside if you have IPv6 network or IPv6 enabled servers.

Another option test IPv6 by an online tool


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