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Comparison of IPv6 support in operating systems

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Comparison of IPv6 support in operating systems

This is a comparison of operating systems in regards to their support of the IPv6 protocol.

OS Version Claimed IPv6-ready Installed by Default DHCPv6 ND RDNSS Notes
AIX 4.3 Yes Yes Yes No
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Partial[1] Yes No[2] No[3] Lacks support for DHCPv6 and ND-RDNSS due to the use of an outdated version of dhcpcd.[4][5] Suffers from intermittent loss of its unicast address on some phones.[6]
Cisco IOS 15.2 Yes Yes Yes No
Fedora 13 Yes Yes[7] Yes[7] Yes[7]
FreeBSD 9.0 Yes[8] Yes Addon[9] Yes[10]
HP-UX 11i Yes Yes Yes Yes [11]
IBM i 7.1 Yes Yes Yes No [12]
iOS 4.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes[13] iOS supports stateless DHCPv6 since version 4 and stateful DHCPv6 since 4.3.1.
Juniper JUNOS 12.2 Yes Yes Yes No[14]
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Yes Yes Yes[15] Yes[16]
MeeGo 1.2 No[17] Yes[18] No Yes[19]
OpenBSD 5.2 Yes Yes Addon[9] Yes RDNSS is only supported for rtadvd so far.
OpenVMS 8.3 Yes Yes No No
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Yes[20] Yes Yes[9] Yes
Solaris 10 Yes Yes Yes No
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes
Symbian 7.0 Yes Yes No No [3]
Ubuntu 11.04 to 13.10 Yes Yes Yes Yes RDNSS support available so long as NetworkManager uses IPv6 "Automatic" setting, otherwise "rdnssd" package required.
webOS 2.1.0 No No No No [22]
Windows NT 5.1 (XP) Yes No Addon[9] No Windows XP users can use Dibbler, an open source DHCPv6 implementation [23]
6.X (Vista),(7),(8) Yes[24] Yes Yes[9] Addon rdnssd-win32 provides an open source implementation of ND RDNSS[25]
Windows Phone 6.5 (Mobile) Yes Yes Lite[26] No If the OEM explicitly unsets the SYSGEN_TCPIP6 pre-processor symbol, the built image will not have any IPv6 capabilities.
7.5 No No No No 8 might have some support.[27]
8 Yes Yes Yes No Private lab research.
z/OS V1R4.0 Yes Yes No[28]
z/VM V5R1.0 Yes Yes No No [29]
z/VSE V4R2 Addon[30] No Via a third party TCP/IP stack, IP6/VSE from Barnard Software, Inc.


  • Operating systems that do not support either DHCPv6 or ND RDNSS cannot automatically configure name servers in an IPv6-only environment.


External links

  • ISOC IPv6 FAQ with OS tips
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