IPv6 Setup Guides: Mac OS X

MAC OS X (beginning with 10.5) requires no changes. IPv6 works out of the box.

View IPv6 Information from the Network Status screen:

  1. Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Click Network.
  3. Choose your connection type (Built-in Ethernet or AirPort) and click the Advanced button.
  4. Select the TCP⁄IP tab to display the IP address information.

Note: If IPv6 is turned off (disabled), change the Configure IPv6 drop-down box from Off to Automatically.

View IPv6 Information from the Command Line

  1. Open Finder and select Applications.
  2. Select Utilities and double-click Terminal to start a Terminal session.
  3. Execute the ifconfig command to display IP address information.

Note: Typically, en0 is the wired connection and en1 is the wireless connection.


computer$ ifconfig en0
inet6 fe80::217:f2ff:fec9:94c3%en0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x6
inet6 2607:ea00:101:2032:217:f2ff:fec9:94c3 prefixlen 64 autoconf
inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
ether 00:17:f2:c9:94:c3