How can I launch a private Internet DNS server?

Michael De Roover isc at
Thu Oct 15 16:45:01 UTC 2020

Assuming that this is running off a home network, yes you could
technically do it. Probably the registrar's name servers will be more
reliable however. I'll also assume that your public IP is static.
Otherwise it may only be suitable for the website, with a Dynamic DNS
service that can regularly update the records as your IP changes. This
means that you'll have to use someone else's DNS servers to host your

You can run BIND locally and make it an authoritative name server. Your
router can port forward traffic to port 53/udp to your local IP that
your DNS server is on. There are various tutorials online for making
authoritative DNS servers, such as this one:

At the registrar you'll need to select "custom name server" or
something along those lines. Then you have to insert NS records there
that point to the nameserver addresses for your domain(s). Check your
registrar's documentation for instructions on how to add NS records.

On Thu, 2020-10-15 at 16:36 +0000, Jason Long via bind-users wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a question about launching a DNS server with CentOS for
> hosting a web server. Excuse me, if my question is so basic and
> funny. I need expert advice about it.
> I registered a domain name for my web site and in the panel of it, I
> can enter my DNS server IP addresses. I want to launch a CentOS DNS
> server that my Web site using it and users can visit my website from
> the Internet. These two servers (DNS and Web server) are in a local
> network and connected to the Internet with a Gateway. Each server has
> an internal and a public IP address.
> I want to enter my DNS server IP address in my website panel and
> after it, users can visit my website from the Internet. I'm thankful
> if anyone show me a tutorial to launch my DNS server for this goal.
> All tutorials that I found on the internet are about internal DNS
> servers, but I want to launch a DNS server for hosting my website.
> Is Internet DNS server just possible for providers?
> Thank you.
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