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Enabling and disabling IPv6 for your resources in Amazon Lightsail

Last updated: January 12, 2021

IPv6 is enabled by default for Lightsail instances, container services, CDN distributions, and load balancers created on or after January 12, 2021. You can optionally enable IPv6 for those resources that were created before January 12, 2021. In this guide, we show you how to enable or disable IPv6. For more information about IPv6, see IP addresses in Amazon Lightsail.

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Considerations for using IPv6

IPv6 became available in Lightsail on January 12, 2021; therefore, you might need to manually enable or disable IPv6 for some of your resources according to the following guidelines:

  • Instances, CDN distributions, and load balancers created before January 12 have IPv6 disabled until you enable it. However, instances, CDN distributions, and load balancers created after January 12 have IPv6 enabled when they are created.

  • Container services created before or after January 12 have IPv6 enabled.

  • IPv6 can be manually enabled or disabled for instances, CDN distributions, and load balancers at any time. It cannot be disabled for container services.

Keep the following in mind when you enable and use IPv6:

Enable IPv6

Complete the following procedure to enable IPv6 for instances, CDN distributions, and load balancers.

  1. Sign in to the Lightsail console.

  2. Complete one of the following steps depending on the resource for which you want to enable IPv6:

    • To enable IPv6 for an instance, choose the Instances tab on the Lightsail home page, and then choose the name of the instance for which you want to enable IPv6.

    • To enable IPv6 for a CDN distribution or a load balancer, choose the Networking tab on the Lightsail home page, and then choose the name of the CDN distribution or load balancer for which you want to enable IPv6.

  3. Choose the Networking tab in the resource's management page.

  4. In the IPv6 Networking section of the page, choose the toggle to enable IPv6 for the resource.

    Enable IPv6 in the Lightsail console.

    Be aware of the following items after you enable IPv6 for a resource:

Disable IPv6

Complete the following procedure to disable IPv6 for instances, CDN distributions, and load balancers.

  1. Sign in to the Lightsail console.

  2. Complete one of the following steps depending on the resource for which you want to disable IPv6:

    • To disable IPv6 for an instance, choose the Instances tab on the Lightsail home page, and then choose the name of the instance for which you want to disable IPv6.

    • To disable IPv6 for a CDN distribution or a load balancer, choose the Networking tab on the Lightsail home page, and then choose the name of the CDN distribution or load balancer for which you want to disable IPv6.

  3. Choose the Networking tab in the resource's management page.

  4. In the IPv6 Networking section of the page, choose the toggle to disable IPv6 for the resource.

    Disable IPv6 in the Lightsail console.