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Opera DNS UI

A tool to manage a PowerDNS authoritative server in a corporate LDAP-driven environment.


  • Connects to PowerDNS via its JSON API.
  • Allows login managed by LDAP server.
  • Create zones; add, edit and delete records.
  • Grant multiple users access to administer a zone.
  • Lower access level that allows to view a zone and request changes.
  • Provides its own JSON API for making changes to DNS records.
  • Keeps a changelog of all DNS changes done through it.
  • (Optionally) export all zones as bind-format zone files and store changes in git.


You can view the DNS UI in action on the demonstration server.

Use one of the following sets of username / password credentials to log in:

  • testuser / testuser - normal user with admin access granted to a few domains
  • testadmin / testadmin - admin user

All data on this demonstration server is reset nightly at 00:00 UTC.


The current version is only compatible with PowerDNS 4.0.4 and higher. Previous 4.0.x versions suffer from a critical API bug related to TTL values.

As another option, you can use PowerDNS 3 with Opera DNS UI v0.1.3, but the 0.1 version of the DNS UI will not receive any new features or non-critical fixes.


  • Apache 2.2.18+ / nginx
  • PHP 5.6+
  • PHP intl (Internationalization Functions) extension
  • PHP JSON extension
  • PHP CURL extension
  • PHP Multibyte String extension
  • PHP LDAP extension
  • PHP PDO_PGSQL extension
  • PostgreSQL database
  • PowerDNS authoritative server 4.0.4+


  1. Configure PowerDNS:

  2. Clone this repo to somewhere outside of your default web server document root.

  3. Create a postgresql user and database.

    createuser -P dnsui-user
    createdb -O dnsui-user dnsui-db
  4. Add the following directives to your web server configuration (eg. virtual host config):

    • Apache:

      DocumentRoot /path/to/dnsui/public_html
      DirectoryIndex init.php
      FallbackResource /init.php
      AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode

      Full Apache virtualhost example

    • nginx:

      root /path/to/dnsui/public_html;
      index init.php;
      location / {
          try_files $uri $uri/ @php;
      location @php {
          rewrite ^/(.*)$ /init.php/$1 last;
      location /init.php {
          fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock ;
          include /etc/nginx/snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;

      Full nginx server example

  5. Set up an authentication module for your virtual host (eg. authnz_ldap for Apache).

  6. Copy the file config/config-sample.ini to config/config.ini and edit the settings as required.

  7. Set scripts/ldap_update.php to run on a regular cron job.


Anyone in the LDAP group defined under admin_group_cn in config/config.ini will be able to add and modify all zones. They will also be able to grant access under "User access" for any zone to any number of users.


By going to the URL /api/v2 with your web browser you can see documentation of the rest API, including all of the available API methods. See this on the demo server.


Editing multiple records in one batch

Editing multiple records in one batch

Comprehensive changelog of all changes

Comprehensive changelog of all changes


Copyright 2013-2018 Opera Software

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.