Interleukin 6 (IL-6) plays a dual role in regulating bone metabolism, although the concrete mechanism is unclear. Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) is one of the most potent osteogenic inducers, and a promising alternative for bone tissue engineering. The relationship between IL-6 and BMP9 in osteogenic differentiation remains to be elucidated, and the osteoblastic potential of BMP9 needs to be enhanced to overcome certain shortcomings of BMP9. In this study, we used real-time PCR, western blot, immunofluorescent stain, fetal limb culture and cranial defects repair model to explore the IL-6 role in BMP9-induced osteogenic differentiation in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). We found that the rat serum level of IL-6 was increased in the dexamethasone-induced osteoporosis model, and IL-6 expression was detectable in several progenitor cells and MEFs. BMP9 upregulated IL-6 in MEFs, and the BMP9-induced osteoblastic markers were elevated by IL-6, but reduced by IL-6 knockdown. BMP9 and/or IL-6 both activated mTOR, and the IL-6 effect on BMP9-induced osteoblastic markers and bone formation were reduced greatly by mTOR inhibition. Raptor was up-regulated by IL-6 and/or BMP9 specifically, and the osteoblastic markers induced by IL-6 and/or BMP9 were reduced by Raptor knockdown. Meanwhile, Stat-3 was activated by IL-6 and/or BMP9, and the increase of Raptor or osteoblastic markers by IL-6 and/or BMP9 were reduced by Stat-3 inhibition. The Raptor promoter activity was regulated by p-Stat-3. Our finding suggested that IL-6 can promote the BMP9 osteoblastic potential, which may be mediated through activating Stat-3/mTORC1 pathway.