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A small amd64/ARM/ARM64 Docker image that allows you to use CloudFlare as a DDNS / DynDNS Provider.


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Docker CloudFlare DDNS

This small Alpine Linux based Docker image will allow you to use the free CloudFlare DNS Service as a Dynamic DNS Provider (DDNS).

This is a multi-arch image and will run on amd64, aarch64, and armhf devices, including the Raspberry Pi.

Image Variants

Image Tag Architecture OS Size
latest x64 Alpine Linux
armhf arm32v6 Alpine Linux
aarch64 arm64 Alpine Linux


Quick Setup:

docker run \
  -e API_KEY=xxxxxxx \
  -e \
  -e SUBDOMAIN=subdomain \


  • --restart=always - ensure the container restarts automatically after host reboot.
  • -e API_KEY - Your CloudFlare scoped API token. See the Creating a Cloudflare API token below. Required
    • API_KEY_FILE - Path to load your CloudFlare scoped API token from (e.g. a Docker secret). If both API_KEY_FILE and API_KEY are specified, API_KEY_FILE takes precedence.
  • -e ZONE - The DNS zone that DDNS updates should be applied to. Required
    • ZONE_FILE - Path to load your CloudFlare DNS Zone from (e.g. a Docker secret). If both ZONE_FILE and ZONE are specified, ZONE_FILE takes precedence.
  • -e SUBDOMAIN - A subdomain of the ZONE to write DNS changes to. If this is not supplied the root zone will be used.
    • SUBDOMAIN_FILE - Path to load your CloudFlare DNS Subdomain from (e.g. a Docker secret). If both SUBDOMAIN_FILE and SUBDOMAIN are specified, SUBDOMAIN_FILE takes precedence.

Optional Parameters

  • -e PROXIED - Set to true to make traffic go through the CloudFlare CDN. Defaults to false.
  • -e RRTYPE=A - Set to AAAA to use set IPv6 records instead of IPv4 records. Defaults to A for IPv4 records.
  • -e DELETE_ON_STOP - Set to true to have the dns record deleted when the container is stopped. Defaults to false.
  • -e INTERFACE=tun0 - Set to tun0 to have the IP pulled from a network interface named tun0. If this is not supplied the public IP will be used instead. Requires --network host run argument.
  • -e CUSTOM_LOOKUP_CMD="echo ''" - Set to any shell command to run them and have the IP pulled from the standard output. Leave unset to use default IP address detection methods.
  • -e DNS_SERVER= - Set to the IP address of the DNS server you would like to use. Defaults to otherwise.
  • -e CRON="@daily" - Set your own custom CRON value before the exec portion. Defaults to every 5 minutes - */5 * * * *.

Depreciated Parameters

  • -e EMAIL - Your CloudFlare email address when using an Account-level token. This variable MUST NOT be set when using a scoped API token.

Creating a Cloudflare API token

To create a CloudFlare API token for your DNS zone go to and follow these steps:

  1. Click Create Token
  2. Provide the token a name, for example, cloudflare-ddns
  3. Grant the token the following permissions:
    • Zone - Zone Settings - Read
    • Zone - Zone - Read
    • Zone - DNS - Edit
  4. Set the zone resources to:
    • Include - All zones
  5. Complete the wizard and copy the generated token into the API_KEY variable for the container

Multiple Domains

If you need multiple records pointing to your public IP address you can create CNAME records in CloudFlare.


If you're wanting to set IPv6 records set the envrionment variable RRTYPE=AAAA. You will also need to run docker with IPv6 support, or run the container with host networking enabled.

Docker Compose

If you prefer to use Docker Compose:

version: '2'
    image: oznu/cloudflare-ddns:latest
    restart: always
      - API_KEY=xxxxxxx
      - SUBDOMAIN=subdomain
      - PROXIED=false


Copyright (C) 2017-2020 oznu

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.