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PowerDNS is open source DNS server software that offers high performance with very low memory requirements. cPanel's PowerDNS implementation reads DNS data from the bind files and stores DNSSEC data in a SQLite database. This makes cPanel's PowerDNS compatible with most of cPanel's DNS Management tools.


You may see PowerDNS referred to as pdns in system files and other online sources.

Install PowerDNS

From the Initial Setup Wizard

To install PowerDNS through the Initial Setup Wizard, perform the following steps:

  1. Complete the first three steps of the Initial Setup Wizard interface.
  2. In Step 4: Nameservers, select the PowerDNS software.
  3. Follow the instructions to continue the installation.

For more information, read our How to Set Up Nameservers in a cPanel Environment documentation.

From the WHM interface

To install PowerDNS through the WHM interface, perform the following steps: 

  1. Navigate to WHM's Nameserver Selection interface (Home >> Service Configuration >> Nameserver Selection).
  2. Select PowerDNS.
  3. Click Save.

Troubleshoot PowerDNS

To troubleshoot PowerDNS further, check the /var/log/messages error log.

Additional documentation

For more information about the command line interface of PowerDNS, read the PowerDNS documentation.

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