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2009/05/03

IPv6 Google Search Firefox Plugin

If you already have IPv6 connectivity you should consider pointing your Firefox to http://IPv6.Google.com instead of www.google.com as your default Search Engine.

Google provides IPv6 Google search as of 5/13/2008, as we read from the official blog:

You can do it with this OpenSearch compliant Firefox Search Plugin

Search is performed over IPv6, but the search suggestions go over IPv4 network.

It's issued under GPLv3.
THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PLUGIN. IT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PLUGIN IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PLUGIN PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION.

Troubleshooting tips:
  • "Failed to Connect" in Firefox - your computer can resolve ipv6.google.com DNS address but can't find the route to the host.
    Solution:
    1. Get an IPv6 connection. Start here, and move on to opening an account with a tunnel broker (e.g. SixXS.NET)

  • "Address Not Found" in Firefox - your computer can't resolve the ipv6.google.com DNS address.
    Solution:
    1. Go to about:config in the address bar of Firefox and make sure that network.dns.disableIPv6 is set to False
    2. Check your DNS settings.
Please ask your questions in the comments.

9 comments:

WjW said...

HI,

"m trying to download the plugin from the firefox addons but it says that the file does nog exist.
Suggestions as how to set it to ipv6

Jeremy said...

Having the same problem, file doesn't exist..

OOZIE said...

Hi Guys,
Thanks for your comments. Please note that you have to be logged in at https://addons.mozilla.org with your account to install the addon, as the addon is still experimental. Only registered users can download experimental addons, anonymous users are redirected to the login page, which sometimes is interpreted by Firefox as an addon itself and thus causes an error. I have re-installed the addon for myself right now and it worked fine. Please provide more info where it fails and for what version and make sure you are logged in to mozilla.org.

angeld said...

I am a register user of mozilla.org. I can not install the plugin. Said:

Firefox no ha podido descargar el plugin de búsqueda desde:
https://addons.mozilla.org/es-ES/firefox/downloads/file/53612/ipv6_google_search-20090521.xml

# Firefox can not dowload the search plugin: ......

¿?

OOZIE said...

Try copying and pasting the link into a browser:
https://addons.mozilla.org/es-ES/firefox/downloads/file/53612/ipv6_google_search-20090521.xml
If you are logged in already - the browser will prompt you to install the add-on, otherwise it will tell you to log-in and then prompt to install the add-on.
Good luck!

angeld said...

If I use the link:

https://addons.mozilla.org/es-ES/firefox/downloads/file/53612/ipv6_google_search-20090521.xml

the download work, but the installer said "Installation package invalid" (No es un paquete de instalación válido)

I use the official Firefox 3.5 version in Debian Lenny.

angeld said...

## Manually install ipv6-google search plugin ##

* Download de .xml file (I use the elinks navigator for at download) from:

https://addons.mozilla.org/es-ES/firefox/downloads/file/53612/ipv6_google_search-20090521.xml

* Copy the file to the 'searchplugins' folder:

~/.mozilla/firefox/[changeme].default/searchplugins

* Restart firefox :-DD

Alan said...

It works perfectly for me. Thanks for providing this plugin.

Anonymous said...

Please explain briefly the difference/advantage of using IPv6 Google Search vs. Google.com. I don't know where else to look for this info but here --any links to look at?