PowerDNS is copyright Ⓒ 2002-2015 by PowerDNS.COM BV and lots of contributors, using the GNU GPLv2 license (see NOTICE for the exact license and exception used).
All documentation can be found on http://doc.powerdns.com/
Another good place to look for information is: https://doc.powerdns.com/md/appendix/compiling-powerdns/
To file bugs, head towards: https://github.com/PowerDNS/pdns/issues
But please check if the issue is already reported there first.
SOURCE CODE / GIT
Source code is available on GitHub:
$ git clone https://github.com/PowerDNS/pdns.git
This repository contains the sources both for the PowerDNS Recursor and for PowerDNS Authoritative Server, and both can be built from this repository. Both are released separately as .tar.bz2, .deb and .rpm however!
COMPILING Authoritative Server
PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.0 and beyond depend on Boost.
On Debian 7.0, the following is useful:
apt-get install autoconf automake bison flex g++ git libboost-all-dev libtool make pkg-config ragel libmysqlclient-dev
If you build from git, first build configure:
(You may need to do that twice. You also need libtool-1.4, 1.3 won't work. Autoconf 2.61 or newer and Automake 1.11 or newer are required, too.)
To compile a very clean version, use:
$ ./configure --with-modules="" --without-lua $ make # make install
This generates a PowerDNS Authoritative Server binary with no modules built in.
./configure is run without
--with-modules, the bind and gmysql module are
built-in by default and the pipe-backend is compiled for runtime loading.
To add multiple modules, try:
$ ./configure --with-modules="bind gmysql gpgsql"
See http://doc.powerdns.com/compiling-powerdns.html for more details.
COMPILING THE RECURSOR
make pdns_recursor in the
pdns subdir may work. The portable, and supported, way to
build the recursor is first running
dist-recursor and compiling from the
When building from git
zip are build dependencies.
To build deb and rpm packages after running
build-recursor. This depends on
Lua 5.1 (liblua5.1-dev), dh-make and rpm.
Use a recent gcc. OpenCSW is a good source, as is Solaris 11 IPS.
If you encounter problems with the Solaris make, gmake is advised.
You need to compile using gmake - regular make only appears to work, but doesn't in fact. Use gmake, not make.
MAC OS X NOTES
PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through Homebrew:
$ brew install pdns
If you want to compile yourself, the dependencies can be installed using Homebrew:
$ brew install boost lua pkg-config ragel
For PostgreSQL support:
$ brew install postgresql
For MySQL support:
$ brew install mariadb