Installing PowerDNS

Installation of the PowerDNS Authoritative server on UNIX systems can be done in several ways:

  • Binary packages provided by your distribution
  • Binary packages provided by PowerDNS on

Binary Packages

Debian-based Systems

PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through the apt system.

# apt-get install pdns-server

Debian splits the backends into several different packages, install the required backend as follows:

# apt-get install pdns-backend-$backend

Redhat-based Systems

On RedHat based system there are 2 options to install PowerDNS, from EPEL, the repository from Kees Monshouwer or from the PowerDNS repositories:

Add either to your list of repositories and install PowerDNS by issuing:

# yum install pdns

The different backends can be installed using

# yum install pdns-backend-$backend


PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through the ports system:

For the package:

# pkg install dns/powerdns

To have your system build the port:

cd /usr/ports/dns/powerdns/ && make install clean

Mac OS X

PowerDNS Authoritative Server is available through Homebrew:

$ brew install pdns

After installation

Once installed, Basic setup: configuring database connectivity using MySQL or start migrating your data.