so i am using MineOS, a turnkey with preinstalled node.js webUI for deploying Minecraftservers. Now i want the server to be reachable via IPv6, because thats all i get from my ISP. But my server instance only ever listens on IPv4. How can i get the java minecraft server to listen on IPv6?

Some netstat -ntlp output, which is always the same, regardless of my server.properties in minecraft:

root@MinecraftServer /etc/default# netstat -ntlp
Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      493/sshd
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      1194/master
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      1446/java
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      590/shellinaboxd
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      598/stunnel4
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      598/stunnel4
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      978/mysqld
tcp6       0      0 :::22                   :::*                    LISTEN      493/sshd
tcp6       0      0 :::8443                 :::*                    LISTEN      1026/node

I also tried using the -Djava.net.preferIPv6Adresses=true and -Djava.net.preferIPv6Stack=true. Doesn't change a bit. I changed the value for /proc/sys/net/ipv6/bindv6only to 1.

Here my ip6tables -L:

root@MinecraftServer /etc/default# ip6tables -L
Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination
ACCEPT     tcp      anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:25565
ACCEPT     tcp      anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:25566
ACCEPT     tcp      anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:8443

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination

I am able to reach a server on a windows maschine over the internet via IPv6! I am also able to reach the webUI over IPv6 on the turnkey maschine.

What else am i missing? All help appretiated!


The forge modification for minecraft set java.net.preferIPv4Stack=true up to the version 1.12.2-, which ruins every IPv6 attempt. For that reason i am using 6tunnel now, which creates a port forward from IPv6 to IPv4. I am still not reachable from the outside on the minecraftserver, but IPv6 is working.


I think you got the property names wrong. According to

The property names are:

  • java.net.preferIPv4Stack - note: IPv4 not IPv6
  • java.net.preferIPv6Addresses - note: two d characters not one.

You also need to check that you are not affected by this bug: https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-3776

  • I tested them all seperate, even the invalid ones. And my minecraft version is not affected by this. I found the culprit to be the forge modification, which just set java.net.preferIPv4Stack=true somewhere in their code. It was also patched but only in the newest versions, so i got unlucky. I am using 6tunnel now and start it with a command at boot.
    – Hyrikan
    Dec 17 '17 at 18:32

The culprit was the forge modification i used with minecraft. Up to version 1.12.2- it sets java.net.preferIPv4Stack=true. 6tunnel is a workaround, which does a port forward from IPv6 to IPv4.

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