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Disable IPv6 on CentOS / RHEL 7

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Original reference: thegeekdiary

2. Disable IPv6 using sysctl settings (no reboot required)

1. Append below lines in /etc/sysctl.conf

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

NOTE: To disable IPv6 on a single interface add below lines to /etc/sysctl.conf :

net.ipv6.conf.[interface].disable_ipv6 = 1 ### put interface name here [interface] net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1

2. To make the settings effective, execute

# sysctl -p

NOTE: make sure the file /etc/ssh/sshd_config contains the line AddressFamily inet to avoid breaking SSH Xforwarding if you are using the sysctl method

3. Add the AddressFamily line to sshd_config

# vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config
….
AddressFamily inet
….

Restart sshd for changes to get get effect:

# systemctl restart sshd

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