PowerDNS is copyright © 2001-2019 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 https://doc.powerdns.com/
This file may lag behind at times. For most recent updates, always check https://doc.powerdns.com/md/changelog/.
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 for the PowerDNS Recursor, the PowerDNS Authoritative Server, and dnsdist (a powerful DNS loadbalancer). All three can be built from this repository. However, all three released separately as .tar.bz2, .deb and .rpm.
The different releases can be built by the help of pdns-builder, which uses a docker-based build process. To get started with this, run these commands in the root of this repository:
git submodule init git submodule update ./builder/build.sh
This will bring up a USAGE-page which will explain how to build the different releases.
COMPILING Authoritative Server
The PowerDNS Authoritative Server depends on Boost, OpenSSL and requires a compiler with C++-2011 support.
On Debian 9, the following is useful:
apt install g++ libboost-all-dev libtool make pkg-config default-libmysqlclient-dev libssl-dev virtualenv
When building from git, the following packages are also required:
apt install autoconf automake ragel bison flex
For Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver), the following packages should be installed:
apt install libcurl4-openssl-dev luajit lua-yaml-dev libyaml-cpp-dev libtolua-dev lua5.3 autoconf automake ragel bison flex g++ libboost-all-dev libtool make pkg-config libssl-dev virtualenv lua-yaml-dev libyaml-cpp-dev libluajit-5.1-dev libcurl4 gawk # For DNSSEC ed25519 (algorithm 15) support with --with-libsodium apt install libsodium-dev # If using the gmysql (Generic MySQL) backend apt install default-libmysqlclient-dev # If using the gpgsql (Generic PostgreSQL) backend apt install postgresql-server-dev-10 # If using --enable-systemd (will create the service scripts so it can be managed with systemctl/service) apt install libsystemd0 libsystemd-dev # If using the geoip backend apt install libmaxminddb-dev libmaxminddb0 libgeoip1 libgeoip-dev
Then generate the configure file:
To compile a very clean version, use:
./configure --with-modules="" --without-lua --disable-lua-records make # make install
This generates a PowerDNS Authoritative Server binary with no modules built in.
See https://doc.powerdns.com/authoritative/backends/index.html for a list of available modules.
./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"
Note that you will need the development headers for PostgreSQL as well in this case.
See https://doc.powerdns.com/authoritative/appendices/compiling.html for more details.
If you run into C++11-related symbol trouble, please try passing
CPPFLAGS=-D_GLIBCXX_USE_CXX11_ABI=0 (or 1) to
./configure to make sure you are compatible with the installed dependencies.
Compiling the Recursor
See README.md in
See README-dnsdist.md in
Building the HTML documentation
The HTML documentation (as seen on the PowerDNS docs site) is built from ReStructured Text (rst) files located in
docs. They are compiled into HTML files using Sphinx, a documentation generator tool which is built in Python.
Using a normal Python installation
For those simply contributing to the documentation, this avoids needing to install the various build tools and other dependencies.
Install Python 2.7 or Python 3 (preferable) if you don't yet have it installed. On some operating
systems you may also have to install
python3-pip or similarly named.
Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04
apt update apt install python3 python3-pip python3-venv
macOS (using homebrew)
brew install python3
pip and install/update
virtualenv to avoid problems:
# for python2, use "pip" instead of "pip3" pip3 install -U pip pip3 install -U virtualenv
Enter the repository's
docs folder, set up the virtualenv, and install the requirements
cd docs # for python2, use "virtualenv .venv" instead python3 -m venv .venv source .venv/bin/activate # The virtualenv may use an older pip, so upgrade it again pip3 install -U pip setuptools setuptools-git # Now you can install the requirements pip3 install -r requirements.txt
Finally, you can build the documentation:
sphinx-build . html-docs
Note: If your shell has problems finding sphinx-build, try using
The HTML documentation is now available in
Using the build tools
This method is preferable for those who already have a working build environment for PowerDNS.
Install the dependencies under "COMPILING", and run autoreconf if you haven't already:
docs folder, and use make to build the HTML docs.
cd docs make html-docs
The HTML documentation will now be available in
Use a recent gcc (and other build tools), possibly from 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.
The clang compiler installed through FreeBSD's package manager does not expose all of the C++11 features needed under
std=gnuc++11. Force the compiler to use
std=c++11 mode instead.
PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through Homebrew:
brew install pdns
If you want to compile yourself, the dependencies can be installed using Homebrew. You need to tell configure where to find OpenSSL, too.
brew install boost lua pkg-config ragel openssl ./configure --with-modules="" --with-lua PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/pkgconfig make -j4
Additionally, for PostgreSQL support, run
brew install postgresql and add
For MySQL support, run
brew install mariadb and add