Comparison of IPv6 support in operating systems

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This is a comparison of operating systems in regard 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
AlliedWare Plus 5.4.4 Yes Yes Yes No
Android 5.0 (Lollipop) Yes[1][2] Yes No[3] Yes Supports ND-RDNSS in Android 5.0 and above. Does not support DHCPv6.[3] Suffers from intermittent loss of its unicast address on some phones.[4]
Cisco IOS 15.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes[5] Support for RDNSS option as of 15.4(1)T, 15.3(2)S.
Fedora 13 Yes Yes[6] Yes[6] Yes[6]
FreeBSD 9.0 Yes[7] Yes Addon[8] Yes[9]
HP-UX 11i Yes Yes Yes Yes [10]
IBM i 7.1 Yes Yes Yes No [11]
iOS 4.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes[12] iOS supports stateless DHCPv6 since version 4 and stateful DHCPv6 since 4.3.1.
Juniper JUNOS 14.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes RDNSS support introduced in JUNOS 14.1[13]
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Yes Yes Yes[14] Yes[15] Versions 10.7 and later often prefer IPv4 even when working IPv6 connectivity is available.[16]
MeeGo 1.2 No[17] Yes[18] No Yes[19]
NetBSD 5.1 Yes Yes Addon[8] Yes RDNSS is only supported for rtadvd so far.
OpenBSD 5.2 Yes Yes Addon[8] 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[8] Yes
Solaris 10 Yes Yes Yes No
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes
Symbian 7.0 Yes Yes No No [2]
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[8] No Windows XP users can use Dibbler, an open source DHCPv6 implementation [23]
6.X (Vista),(7),(8) Yes[24] Yes Yes[8] Addon rdnssd-win32 provides an open source implementation of ND RDNSS[25]
Windows Mobile 6.5 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.
Windows Phone 7.5 No No No No 8 might have some support.[27]
8(.1)[28] Yes Yes Yes No Private lab research. No privacy extensions (RFC4941).
z/OS V1R4.0 Yes Yes No[29]
z/VM V5R1.0 Yes Yes No No [30]
z/VSE V4R2 Addon[31] No Via a third party TCP/IP stack, IP6/VSE from Barnard Software, Inc.

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Issue 3389: Full IPv6 Android support
  2. ^ Support connecting to IPv6-only wireless networks
  3. ^ a b Issue 32621: Support for DHCPv6 (RFC 3315)
  4. ^ Issue 32662: Frequently ignores ICMPv6 RAs and other multicast traffic
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b c "Fedora 9 Installation Guide Chapter 9. Network Configuration". Fedora Project. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  7. ^ FreeBSD Handbook.
  8. ^ a b c d e f IPv6 Operating Systems.
  9. ^ FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE Release Notes.
  10. ^ "HP-UX 11i IPv6". 
  11. ^ "IBM i 7.1 Information Center, Configuring IPv6". 
  12. ^ iPhone IPv6 Debugging Simplified with Ip6config — The IPv6 Experts.net
  13. ^ http://www.juniper.net/techpubs/en_US/junos14.1/topics/reference/configuration-statement/dns-server-address-edit-protocols-router-advertisement.html
  14. ^ nanog: Mac OS X Lion has DHCPv6
  15. ^ nanog: Re: Mac OS X 10.7, still no DHCPv6
  16. ^ [RIPE Labs: https://labs.ripe.net/Members/emileaben/hampered-eyeballs Hampering Eyeballs - Observations on Two "Happy Eyeballs" Implementations]
  17. ^ "Bug 10984 - IPv6 Support declaration". 
  18. ^ "Bug 10049 - No IPv6 in handset UX". 
  19. ^ "rtnl: Receive notification of RDNSS from IPv6 router advertisements". 
  20. ^ IPv6 Ready Logo Program Approved List.
  21. ^ Release Notes for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.
  22. ^ "Palm Pre Plus - IPv6 support". 
  23. ^ DHCPv6: Dibbler - a portable DHCPv6
  24. ^ IPv6 Ready Logo Program Approved List.
  25. ^ rdnssd-win32 | Free software downloads at SourceForge.net
  26. ^ "DHCPv6 Lite Registry Settings". 
  27. ^ "IPv6 Support Coming With Windows Phone 8". Archived from the original on 2012-05-07. 
  28. ^ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/hh994905.aspx
  29. ^ "z/OS V1R12.0 Communications Server IPv6 Network and Application Design Guide". 
  30. ^ "z/VM IPv6 Support". 
  31. ^ "About z/VSE". 

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