How to Disable IPv6 on CentOS

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IPv6 may be undesirable in certain situations, for systems that can run without IPv6, and only running on IPv4, the IPv6 protocol can be disabled.

RHEL and CentOS 7 disable IPv6 stack as follows

vi /etc/sysctl.conf

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1

If one interface should run without IPv6, e.g. ens160.

net.ipv6.conf.ens160.disable_ipv6 = 1

Save the sysctl.conf file and enable the setting.

sysctl -p

If you want to deactivate IPv6 during operation, the following command applies.

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/disable_ipv6
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/default/disable_ipv6

Alternatively you can run this command in terminal shell.

sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6=1
sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6=1

IPv6 is now disabled, a reboot is not necessary.

If the removal of IPv6 for running daemons is a disaster, e.g. SSH Server, the configuration can be changed.

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

#AddressFamily any
AddressFamily inet
#or remove hash(#)
#ListenAddress 0.0.0.0
ListenAddress 0.0.0.0

Then restart the SSH daemon.

systemctl restart sshd

Postfix may also require to customize the ipv4 loopback interface.

vi /etc/postfix/main.cf

#inet_interfaces = localhost
inet_interfaces = 127.0.0.1

With CentOS 6, the kernel module can be customized.

vi /etc/modprobe.d/ipv6.conf

options ipv6 disable=1

Disable the IPv6 stack.

chkconfig ip6tables off

Server reboots.

reboot

Checking for IPv6 addresses.

ifconfig | grep inet6
ip a | grep inet6

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