Installing bird

Installation of bird is relatively simple, your distro should have a bird package.

Versions 1.6 and 2.0 will both work, there are slight differences in the configuration however but those will be shown in the configuration section that follows.

Enabling forwarding

We will be setting up the machine that runs bird as a router so therefore we need to make your Linux kernel's network stack not drop IPv6 packets that it receives (addressed to it via Ethernet) but are not addressed to it via IPv6 address - in other words it must try do something with these packets, namely attempt to forward them one hop closer to their initial destination.

Enabling forwarding on all interfaces can be achieved as follows (you will need to be root):

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/forwarding

However, after reboot it won't be saved and will go back to its defaults. Therefore what you need to do is to enable forwarding on boot-up, this can be done by adding an additional line to your /etc/sysctl.conf (which holds a bunch of these statements), it should look like this:


TODO: Weird experience with me, only doing all made it work

Assigning the /64

Normally people will assign a /64 out of their /48. Assign this to the interface of the LAN you want your router on.

A good IP choice for the router would be either xxxx::1 or xxxx:: so people can easily guess what to ping to test reachability to your network.