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Docker image for Cloudflared, a proxy-dns service.


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Build locally

git clone
cd docker-cloudflared

# Build image and output to docker (default)
docker buildx bake

# Build multi-platform image
docker buildx bake image-all


Registry Image
Docker Hub crazymax/cloudflared
GitHub Container Registry

The following platforms for this image are available:

$ docker buildx imagetools inspect crazymax/cloudflared --format "{{json .Manifest}}" | \
  jq -r '.manifests[] | select(.platform.os != null and .platform.os != "unknown") | .platform | "\(.os)/\(.architecture)\(if .variant then "/" + .variant else "" end)"'


Environment variables

  • TZ: The timezone assigned to the container (default UTC)
  • TUNNEL_DNS_UPSTREAM: Upstream endpoint URL, you can specify multiple endpoints for redundancy. (default,
  • TUNNEL_DNS_PORT: DNS listening port (default 5053)
  • TUNNEL_DNS_ADDRESS: DNS listening IP (default "all interfaces")
  • TUNNEL_METRICS: Prometheus metrics host and port. (default


  • 5053/udp: Listen port for the DNS over HTTPS proxy server
  • 49312/tcp: Listen port for metrics reporting


Docker Compose

Docker compose is the recommended way to run this image. You can use the following docker compose template, then run the container:

docker compose up -d
docker compose logs -f

Command line

You can also use the following minimal command :

docker run -d --name cloudflared \
  -p 5053:5053/udp \
  -p 49312:49312 \


Performance issues

For a DNS server with lots of short-lived connections, you may wish to consider adding --net=host to the run command or network_mode: "host" in your compose file for performance reasons (see #22). However, it is not required and some shared container hosting services may not allow it. You should also be aware --net=host can be a security risk in some situations. The Center for Internet Security - Docker 1.6 Benchmark recommends against this mode since it essentially tells Docker to not containerize the container's networking, thereby giving it full access to the host machine's network interfaces. It also mentions this option could cause the container to do unexpected things such as shutting down the Docker host as referenced in moby/moby#6401. For the most secure deployment, unrelated services with confidential data should not be run on the same host or VPS. In such cases, using --net=host should have limited impact on security.

Use with Pi-hole

Pi-hole currently provides documentation to manually set up DNS-Over-HTTPS with Cloudflared.

With Docker and this image, it's quite easy to use it with Pi-hole. Take a look at this simple docker compose template, and you're ready to go.


To upgrade, pull the newer image and launch the container :

docker compose pull
docker compose up -d


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MIT. See LICENSE for more details.