Knot Resolver

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Knot Resolver is a full (recursive), caching DNS resolver. It is designed to scale from small home-office networks to providing DNS servers at the scale of ISPs. Knot Resolver supports DNSSEC.


Install the knot-resolverAUR package.


Start/enable kresd.socket.

To use the DNS server locally, use the nameserver, see Domain name resolution.

By default, the resolver will listen on localhost, port 53. If the resolver should be accessible from other hosts, extend the kresd.socket definition by editing kresd.socket or kresd-tls.socket (for DNS-over-TLS connections) and add the appropriate directives, for example:

Note: Unless you specifically want to run an open DNS resolver, do not listen on a public (internet-facing) IP address.

If the resolver should respect entries from the /etc/hosts file, add a hints.add_hosts() line to /etc/knot-resolver/kresd.conf.

Knot Resolver and dnsmasq

If dnsmasq is used for managing DHCP, then advertising a kresd instance works like any other external DNS server would: By adding an dhcp-option=option:dns-server,<Server Address> line to the dnsmasq configuration file.

Note that a default configuration of dnsmasq will clash with the default configuration of kresd, since both will attempt to use port 53. Disable the dnsmasq DNS functionality (port=0), or assign a different port to either service.

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