For full details, please read https://doc.powerdns.com/md/recursor/
Here follow some brief notes that may be useful to get you going.
Starting with version 4.0.0, the PowerDNS recursor uses autotools and compiling from the tarball can be as simple as
As for dependencies, Boost (http://boost.org/), OpenSSL (https://openssl.org/), and Lua (https://www.lua.org/) are required.
On most modern UNIX distributions, you can simply install 'boost' or 'boost-dev' or 'boost-devel'. Otherwise, just download boost, and point the compiler at the right directory using CPPFLAGS.
On Debian and Ubuntu, the following will get you the dependencies:
apt-get install libboost-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-serialization-dev \ \ libboost-system-dev libboost-thread-dev libboost-context-dev libboost-test-dev libssl-dev libboost-test-dev g++ make pkg-config libluajit-5.1-dev
Source code is available on GitHub:
git clone https://github.com/PowerDNS/pdns.git
This repository contains the sources for the PowerDNS Recursor, the PowerDNS Authoritative Server, and dnsdist (a powerful DNS loadbalancer). The sources for the recursor are located in the
pdns/recursordist subdirectory of the repository.
To compile from a git checkout, install the dependencies above plus ragel, automake, autoconf, libtool, virtualenv and curl. Then run
cd pdns/pdns/recursordist/ autoreconf -vi ./configure make
If you want to compile yourself, the dependencies can be installed using Homebrew. You need to tell configure where to find OpenSSL, too.
brew install boost lua pkg-config ragel openssl ./configure --with-lua PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/pkgconfig make -j4
To benefit from Lua scripting, as described on https://doc.powerdns.com/md/recursor/scripting/ Install Lua and development headers. PowerDNS supports Lua 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and LuaJIT. On Debian/Ubuntu, install e.g.
liblua5.2-dev to use Lua 5.2.
The configure script will automatically detect the Lua version. If more than one version of Lua is installed, the
--with-lua configure flag can be set to the desired version. e.g.:
(On older versions of Debian/Ubuntu, you'll need to pass
After compiling, run
pdns\_recursor --config to view the configuration options and a short description. The full documentation is online at https://doc.powerdns.com/recursor/
Bugs can be reported on GitHub: https://github.com/PowerDNS/pdns/issues, please check first if your issue is not fixed in the latest version or has already been reported.
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