A DNS server written from scratch
PowerDNS is written from scratch, conforms with all relevant DNS standards documents, and interfaces with almost any database. It is distributed in multiple, separate packages, including pdns, powerdns-server, pdns-recursor and pdns-server.
Uses a flexible backend architecture
The application uses a flexible backend architecture that allows access to DNS information from any data source, including file formats, relational databases, LDAP directories, and Bind zone files.
PowerDNS is configured by default to serve all information directly from a database, which results in unmatched maintainability of your DNS information. It is available on all major Linux distributions.
Who uses PowerDNS?
Several domain name hosting companies and domain registrars use the PowerDNS software to handle thier services, including BIT Internet Technology, Hostnet, Totaalnet Internet Works, Oxilion, WebReus, and mijndomein.nl.
Under the hood and availability
The software is written entirely in the C++ programming language and it’s distributed as pre-built binary packages in the DEB and RPM file format, supporting both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms.
Being an open source software project, PowerDNS is also available for download as a universal sources archive, allowing users to optimize it for a specific hardware architecture and operating systems.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 10th, 2014
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- commit dcd6524, commit a8750a5, commit 7dc86bf, commit 2fda71f: PowerDNS now polls the security status of a release at startup and periodically. More detail on this feature, and how to turn it off, can be found in Section 2, “Security polling”.
- commit 5fe6dc0: API: Replace HTTP Basic auth with static key in custom header (X-API-Key)
- commit 4a95ab4: Use transaction for pdnssec increase-serial
- commit 6e82a23: Don’t empty ordername during pdnssec increase-serial
Application descriptionPowerDNS is an open-source and free software project that allows you to run an advanced, high-performance authoritativ...