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dig(1)                               BIND9                              dig(1)


       dig - DNS lookup utility


       dig [@server] [-b address] [-c class] [-f filename] [-k filename] [-m]
           [-p port#] [-q name] [-t type] [-x addr] [-y [hmac:]name:key] [-4]
           [-6] [name] [type] [class] [queryopt...]

       dig [-h]

       dig [global-queryopt...] [query...]


       dig (domain information groper) is a flexible tool for interrogating
       DNS name servers. It performs DNS lookups and displays the answers that
       are returned from the name server(s) that were queried. Most DNS
       administrators use dig to troubleshoot DNS problems because of its
       flexibility, ease of use and clarity of output. Other lookup tools tend
       to have less functionality than dig.

       Although dig is normally used with command-line arguments, it also has
       a batch mode of operation for reading lookup requests from a file. A
       brief summary of its command-line arguments and options is printed when
       the -h option is given. Unlike earlier versions, the BIND 9
       implementation of dig allows multiple lookups to be issued from the
       command line.

       Unless it is told to query a specific name server, dig will try each of
       the servers listed in /etc/resolv.conf. If no usable server addresses
       are found, dig will send the query to the local host.

       When no command line arguments or options are given, dig will perform
       an NS query for "." (the root).

       It is possible to set per-user defaults for dig via ${HOME}/.digrc.
       This file is read and any options in it are applied before the command
       line arguments.

       The IN and CH class names overlap with the IN and CH top level domains
       names. Either use the -t and -c options to specify the type and class,
       use the -q the specify the domain name, or use "IN." and "CH." when
       looking up these top level domains.


       A typical invocation of dig looks like:

            dig @server name type


           is the name or IP address of the name server to query. This can be
           an IPv4 address in dotted-decimal notation or an IPv6 address in
           colon-delimited notation. When the supplied server argument is a
           hostname, dig resolves that name before querying that name server.

           If no server argument is provided, dig consults /etc/resolv.conf;
           if an address is found there, it queries the name server at that
           address. If either of the -4 or -6 options are in use, then only
           addresses for the corresponding transport will be tried. If no
           usable addresses are found, dig will send the query to the local
           host. The reply from the name server that responds is displayed.

           is the name of the resource record that is to be looked up.

           indicates what type of query is required -- ANY, A, MX, SIG, etc.
           type can be any valid query type. If no type argument is supplied,
           dig will perform a lookup for an A record.


       The -b option sets the source IP address of the query to address. This
       must be a valid address on one of the host's network interfaces or
       "" or "::". An optional port may be specified by appending

       The default query class (IN for internet) is overridden by the -c
       option.  class is any valid class, such as HS for Hesiod records or CH
       for Chaosnet records.

       The -f option makes dig operate in batch mode by reading a list of
       lookup requests to process from the file filename. The file contains a
       number of queries, one per line. Each entry in the file should be
       organized in the same way they would be presented as queries to dig
       using the command-line interface.

       The -m option enables memory usage debugging.

       If a non-standard port number is to be queried, the -p option is used.
       port# is the port number that dig will send its queries instead of the
       standard DNS port number 53. This option would be used to test a name
       server that has been configured to listen for queries on a non-standard
       port number.

       The -4 option forces dig to only use IPv4 query transport. The -6
       option forces dig to only use IPv6 query transport.

       The -t option sets the query type to type. It can be any valid query
       type which is supported in BIND 9. The default query type is "A",
       unless the -x option is supplied to indicate a reverse lookup. A zone
       transfer can be requested by specifying a type of AXFR. When an
       incremental zone transfer (IXFR) is required, type is set to ixfr=N.
       The incremental zone transfer will contain the changes made to the zone
       since the serial number in the zone's SOA record was N.

       The -q option sets the query name to name. This useful do distinguish
       the name from other arguments.

       Reverse lookups -- mapping addresses to names -- are simplified by the
       -x option.  addr is an IPv4 address in dotted-decimal notation, or a
       colon-delimited IPv6 address. When this option is used, there is no
       need to provide the name, class and type arguments.  dig automatically
       performs a lookup for a name like and sets the
       query type and class to PTR and IN respectively. By default, IPv6
       addresses are looked up using nibble format under the IP6.ARPA domain.
       To use the older RFC1886 method using the IP6.INT domain specify the -i
       option. Bit string labels (RFC2874) are now experimental and are not

       To sign the DNS queries sent by dig and their responses using
       transaction signatures (TSIG), specify a TSIG key file using the -k
       option. You can also specify the TSIG key itself on the command line
       using the -y option; hmac is the type of the TSIG, default HMAC-MD5,
       name is the name of the TSIG key and key is the actual key. The key is
       a base-64 encoded string, typically generated by dnssec-keygen(8).
       Caution should be taken when using the -y option on multi-user systems
       as the key can be visible in the output from ps(1) or in the shell's
       history file. When using TSIG authentication with dig, the name server
       that is queried needs to know the key and algorithm that is being used.
       In BIND, this is done by providing appropriate key and server
       statements in named.conf.


       dig provides a number of query options which affect the way in which
       lookups are made and the results displayed. Some of these set or reset
       flag bits in the query header, some determine which sections of the
       answer get printed, and others determine the timeout and retry

       Each query option is identified by a keyword preceded by a plus sign
       (+). Some keywords set or reset an option. These may be preceded by the
       string no to negate the meaning of that keyword. Other keywords assign
       values to options like the timeout interval. They have the form
       +keyword=value. The query options are:

           Use [do not use] TCP when querying name servers. The default
           behavior is to use UDP unless an AXFR or IXFR query is requested,
           in which case a TCP connection is used.

           Use [do not use] TCP when querying name servers. This alternate
           syntax to +[no]tcp is provided for backwards compatibility. The
           "vc" stands for "virtual circuit".

           Ignore truncation in UDP responses instead of retrying with TCP. By
           default, TCP retries are performed.

           Set the search list to contain the single domain somename, as if
           specified in a domain directive in /etc/resolv.conf, and enable
           search list processing as if the +search option were given.

           Use [do not use] the search list defined by the searchlist or
           domain directive in resolv.conf (if any). The search list is not
           used by default.

           Perform [do not perform] a search showing intermediate results.

           Deprecated, treated as a synonym for +[no]search

           Sets the "aa" flag in the query.

           A synonym for +[no]aaonly.

           Set [do not set] the AD (authentic data) bit in the query. This
           requests the server to return whether all of the answer and
           authority sections have all been validated as secure according to
           the security policy of the server. AD=1 indicates that all records
           have been validated as secure and the answer is not from a OPT-OUT
           range. AD=0 indicate that some part of the answer was insecure or
           not validated. This bit is set by default.

           Set [do not set] the CD (checking disabled) bit in the query. This
           requests the server to not perform DNSSEC validation of responses.

           Display [do not display] the CLASS when printing the record.

           Display [do not display] the TTL when printing the record.

           Toggle the setting of the RD (recursion desired) bit in the query.
           This bit is set by default, which means dig normally sends
           recursive queries. Recursion is automatically disabled when the
           +nssearch or +trace query options are used.

           When this option is set, dig attempts to find the authoritative
           name servers for the zone containing the name being looked up and
           display the SOA record that each name server has for the zone.

           Toggle tracing of the delegation path from the root name servers
           for the name being looked up. Tracing is disabled by default. When
           tracing is enabled, dig makes iterative queries to resolve the name
           being looked up. It will follow referrals from the root servers,
           showing the answer from each server that was used to resolve the

           +dnssec is also set when +trace is set to better emulate the
           default queries from a nameserver.

           Toggles the printing of the initial comment in the output
           identifying the version of dig and the query options that have been
           applied. This comment is printed by default.

           Provide a terse answer. The default is to print the answer in a
           verbose form.

           Show [or do not show] the IP address and port number that supplied
           the answer when the +short option is enabled. If short form answers
           are requested, the default is not to show the source address and
           port number of the server that provided the answer.

           Toggle the display of comment lines in the output. The default is
           to print comments.

           Toggle the display of per-record comments in the output (for
           example, human-readable key information about DNSKEY records). The
           default is not to print record comments unless multiline mode is

           Split long hex- or base64-formatted fields in resource records into
           chunks of W characters (where W is rounded up to the nearest
           multiple of 4).  +nosplit or +split=0 causes fields not to be split
           at all. The default is 56 characters, or 44 characters when
           multiline mode is active.

           This query option toggles the printing of statistics: when the
           query was made, the size of the reply and so on. The default
           behavior is to print the query statistics.

           Print [do not print] the query as it is sent. By default, the query
           is not printed.

           Print [do not print] the question section of a query when an answer
           is returned. The default is to print the question section as a

           Display [do not display] the answer section of a reply. The default
           is to display it.

           Display [do not display] the authority section of a reply. The
           default is to display it.

           Display [do not display] the additional section of a reply. The
           default is to display it.

           Set or clear all display flags.

           Sets the timeout for a query to T seconds. The default timeout is 5
           seconds. An attempt to set T to less than 1 will result in a query
           timeout of 1 second being applied.

           Sets the number of times to try UDP queries to server to T instead
           of the default, 3. If T is less than or equal to zero, the number
           of tries is silently rounded up to 1.

           Sets the number of times to retry UDP queries to server to T
           instead of the default, 2. Unlike +tries, this does not include the
           initial query.

           Set the number of dots that have to appear in name to D for it to
           be considered absolute. The default value is that defined using the
           ndots statement in /etc/resolv.conf, or 1 if no ndots statement is
           present. Names with fewer dots are interpreted as relative names
           and will be searched for in the domains listed in the search or
           domain directive in /etc/resolv.conf.

           Set the UDP message buffer size advertised using EDNS0 to B bytes.
           The maximum and minimum sizes of this buffer are 65535 and 0
           respectively. Values outside this range are rounded up or down
           appropriately. Values other than zero will cause a EDNS query to be

           Specify the EDNS version to query with. Valid values are 0 to 255.
           Setting the EDNS version will cause a EDNS query to be sent.
           +noedns clears the remembered EDNS version. EDNS is set to 0 by

           Print records like the SOA records in a verbose multi-line format
           with human-readable comments. The default is to print each record
           on a single line, to facilitate machine parsing of the dig output.

           Print only one (starting) SOA record when performing an AXFR. The
           default is to print both the starting and ending SOA records.

           Do not try the next server if you receive a SERVFAIL. The default
           is to not try the next server which is the reverse of normal stub
           resolver behavior.

           Attempt to display the contents of messages which are malformed.
           The default is to not display malformed answers.

           Requests DNSSEC records be sent by setting the DNSSEC OK bit (DO)
           in the OPT record in the additional section of the query.

           Chase DNSSEC signature chains. Requires dig be compiled with

           Specifies a file containing trusted keys to be used with +sigchase.
           Each DNSKEY record must be on its own line.

           If not specified, dig will look for /etc/trusted-key.key then
           trusted-key.key in the current directory.

           Requires dig be compiled with -DDIG_SIGCHASE.

           When chasing DNSSEC signature chains perform a top-down validation.
           Requires dig be compiled with -DDIG_SIGCHASE.

           Include an EDNS name server ID request when sending a query.

           Keep the TCP socket open between queries and reuse it rather than
           creating a new TCP socket for each lookup. The default is


       The BIND 9 implementation of dig supports specifying multiple queries
       on the command line (in addition to supporting the -f batch file
       option). Each of those queries can be supplied with its own set of
       flags, options and query options.

       In this case, each query argument represent an individual query in the
       command-line syntax described above. Each consists of any of the
       standard options and flags, the name to be looked up, an optional query
       type and class and any query options that should be applied to that

       A global set of query options, which should be applied to all queries,
       can also be supplied. These global query options must precede the first
       tuple of name, class, type, options, flags, and query options supplied
       on the command line. Any global query options (except the +[no]cmd
       option) can be overridden by a query-specific set of query options. For

           dig +qr any -x ns +noqr

       shows how dig could be used from the command line to make three
       lookups: an ANY query for, a reverse lookup of
       and a query for the NS records of A global query option of +qr
       is applied, so that dig shows the initial query it made for each
       lookup. The final query has a local query option of +noqr which means
       that dig will not print the initial query when it looks up the NS
       records for


       If dig has been built with IDN (internationalized domain name) support,
       it can accept and display non-ASCII domain names.  dig appropriately
       converts character encoding of domain name before sending a request to
       DNS server or displaying a reply from the server. If you'd like to turn
       off the IDN support for some reason, defines the IDN_DISABLE
       environment variable. The IDN support is disabled if the variable is
       set when dig runs.





       host(1), named(8), dnssec-keygen(8), RFC1035.


       There are probably too many query options.


       Copyright (C) 2004-2011, 2013 Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. ("ISC")
       Copyright (C) 2000-2003 Internet Software Consortium.

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