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Using DNSCrypt on Windows

On Windows, dnscrypt-proxy can be started from the command-line the same way as on other operating systems.

Alternatively, it can run as a Windows Service.


1) Download and extract the latest Windows package for dnscrypt

2) Copy the dnscrypt-proxy.exe file to any location.

3) Open a terminal (run cmd.exe) and type (you may need to specify the full path to the file):

dnscrypt-proxy.exe --install

4) Change your DNS settings to

Congratulations, you're now using DNSCrypt.

Advanced usage

The Windows build of dnscrypt-proxy adds the following command-line options:

  • --install: install the proxy as a service.
  • --reinstall: ditto.
  • --uninstall: uninstall the service.

Startup options should specified as subkeys from this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dnscrypt-proxy\Parameters

The service is named dnscrypt-proxy.

The following subkeys are recognized and should be self-explanatory:

Plugins           (REG_MULTI_SZ)
LocalAddress      (REG_SZ)
ProviderKey       (REG_SZ)
ProviderName      (REG_SZ)
ResolverAddress   (REG_SZ)
EDNSPayloadSize   (DWORD)
MaxActiveRequests (DWORD)
TCPOnly           (DWORD)

For example, in order to listen to local address instead of, the string value should be set for the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dnscrypt-proxy\Parameters\LocalAddress.

Plugins should be listed as full paths to .DLL files, optionally followed by a coma and plugin-specific arguments.

The service should be restarted after the registry has been updated.

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