In linux, if you need to bridge NICs, bridge module will be loaded automatically. But one of bridge's dependency is ipv6. Is there any way to overwirte ipv6 dependency since I only need ipv4? I have tried to blacklist the module but it's not working at all.

Edit: The question is not asking how to disable ipv6, instead I want to know how to load bridge without ipv6 module. The question is not duplicate.


From its configuration definition:

depends on: CONFIG_IPV6 || CONFIG_IPV6 = CONFIG_n

it appears the bridge module either depends on the ipv6 module if it was compiled in (built-in or as module), or won't depend on it if it was not compiled in at all in kernel. So if you never want to use IPv6 you could simply use a kernel not having the CONFIG_IPV6 option set.

If that's not an option, you can do one of these things:

  • First load the ipv6 module (modprobe ipv6), then immediately disable IPv6, for the interface, or for any other or all interfaces, by changing the disable_ipv6 toggle to 1 with:

    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/someinterface/disable_ipv6

    or using the equivalent sysctl (more sudo or ip netns friendly):

    sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.someinterface.disable_ipv6=1

    The ipv6 module has first to be loaded to enable disabling its functionalities! else the toggles above won't be available.

    It's indeed probably a good idea to disable IPv6 on the bridge interface itself.

    If you want to disable any use of ipv6, including newer interfaces appearing later:

    sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6=1
    sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6=1
  • There's also a kernel boot option ipv6.disable=1 , which might be better suited for limited environment (eg embedded), and which might not install at all the ipv6 code, but I didn't test if it's compatible with your bridge "activation".

    Add "ipv6.disable=1" to the boot option, then save your grub file:

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="ipv6.disable=1 quiet splash"

    Details for this boot option in this AskUbuntu answer: How to disable IPv6 permanently?

  • And then I'm thinking that this should also work (but I couldn't test it either since I have IPv6 builtin): instead of simply doing modprobe ipv6 in the first method, try this instead:

    modprobe ipv6 disable=1


    modprobe ipv6 disable_ipv6=1

    before it was ever loaded. If this works, then you can add it as an option with something like this:

    options ipv6 disable=1 disable_ipv6=1 #pick the right option

    in a file called for example /etc/modprobe.d/disable-ipv6.conf.

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