IPv6 Quickstart

IP addresses let machines communicate across a network. DigitalOcean Droplets are assigned IPv4 addresses by default. Enabling IPv6 on a Droplet gives you access to its 16 additional IPv6 addresses.

Enable IPv6 during Droplet Creation

Enabling IPv6 when you create a Droplet means all of the network configuration is automatically done for you.

To enable IPv6 while creating a Droplet:

  1. From the Droplet create page, in the Additional Options section, check IPv6.

  2. Finish creating the Droplet as normal.

Once the Droplet is created, its IPv6 address is displayed in the header. You can also click the Droplet's name, then click the Networking link to view more IPv6 network information.

Enable IPv6 on Existing Droplets

To enable IPv6 on an existing Droplet:

  1. Shut down the Droplet with sudo shutdown -h now.

  2. On the Droplets page, click the name of the Droplet, then click Networking in the side navigation.

  3. In the Public IPv6 network section, click Enable.

  4. Turn the Droplet back on by clicking the On/Off switch in the control panel.

  5. Manually configure the IPv6 network on the Droplet itself.

    Instructions vary based on the Droplet's operating system. Our manual IPv6 configuration documentation has step by step details for supported distributions.

  6. Reboot your Droplet with reboot for the changes to take effect.

Once the Droplet boots, its IPv6 address is displayed in the header. You can also click the Droplet's name, then click the Networking link to view more IPv6 network information.