VinylDNS is a vendor-agnostic front-end for enabling self-service DNS and streamlining DNS operations. VinylDNS manages millions of DNS records supporting thousands of engineers in production at Comcast. The platform provides fine-grained access controls, auditing of all changes, a self-service user interface, secure RESTful API, and integration with infrastructure automation tools like Ansible and Terraform. It is designed to integrate with your existing DNS infrastructure, and provides extensibility to fit your installation.
VinylDNS helps secure DNS management via:
- AWS Sig4 signing of all messages to ensure that the message that was sent was not altered in transit
- Throttling of DNS updates to rate limit concurrent updates against your DNS systems
- Encrypting user secrets and TSIG keys at rest and in-transit
- Recording every change made to DNS records and zones
Integration is simple with first-class language support including:
Table of Contents
- Things to Try in the Portal
- Code of Conduct
- Developer Guide
- Maintainers and Contributors
Docker images for VinylDNS live on Docker Hub at https://hub.docker.com/u/vinyldns/. To start up a local instance of VinylDNS on your machine with docker:
- Ensure that you have docker and docker-compose
- Clone the repo:
git clone https://github.com/vinyldns/vinyldns.git
- Navigate to repo:
./quickstart/quickstart-vinyldns.sh. This will start up the api at
localhost:9000and the portal at
- See Things to Try in the Portal for getting familiar with the Portal
- To stop the local setup, run
There exist several clients at https://github.com/vinyldns that can be used to make API requests, using the
If you are experimenting with Quickstart, you may encounter a delay each time you run it. This is because the API and Portal are rebuilt every time you launch Quickstart. If you'd like to cache the builds of the API and Portal, you may want to first run:
||This will create the API
||This will create the Portal
Once these scripts are run, the artifacts are placed into the
artifacts/ directory and will be reused for each
Quickstart launch. If you'd like to regenerate the artifacts, simply delete them and rerun the scripts above.
Things to Try in the Portal
- View the portal at http://localhost:9001 in a web browser
- Login with the credentials
- Navigate to the
- Click on the New Group button and create a new group, the group id is the uuid in the url after you view the group
- Connect a zone by going to the
- Click the
okwith an email of
Admin Group, choose a group you created from the previous step
- Leave everything else as-is and click the
Connectbutton at the bottom of the form
- Click the
- A new zone
okshould appear in your
My Zonestab (you may need to refresh your browser)
- You will see that some records are preloaded in the zone already, this is because these records are preloaded in the local docker DNS server and VinylDNS automatically syncs records with the backend DNS server upon zone connection
- From here, you can create DNS record sets in the Manage Records tab, and manage zone settings and ACL rules in the Manage Zone tab
- To try creating a DNS record, click on the Create Record Set button under
Record Type = A, Record Name = my-test-a, TTL = 300, IP Addressess = 126.96.36.199
- Click on the Refresh button under Records, you should see your new record created
Verifying Your Changes
VinylDNS will synchronize with the DNS backend. For the Quickstart this should be running on port
To verify your changes, you can use a DNS resolution utility like
$ dig @127.0.0.1 -p 19001 +short my-test-a.ok 188.8.131.52
dig to use
127.0.0.1 as the resolver on port
+short just makes the output a bit less
verbose. Finally, the record we're looking up is
my-test-a.ok. You can see the returned output of
the record data we entered.
Other things to note
- Upon connecting to a zone for the first time, a zone sync is executed to provide VinylDNS a copy of the records in the zone
- Changes made via VinylDNS are made against the DNS backend, you do not need to sync the zone further to push those changes out
- If changes to the zone are made outside of VinylDNS, then the zone will have to be re-synced to give VinylDNS a copy of those records
- If you wish to modify the url used in the creation process from
http://localhost:9000, to say
http://vinyldns.yourdomain.com:9000, you can modify the
quickstart/.envfile before execution.
- Further configuration can be ac https://www.vinyldns.io/operator/config-portal & https://www.vinyldns.io/operator/config-api
Code of Conduct
This project, and everyone participating in it, are governed by the VinylDNS Code Of Conduct. By participating, you agree to this Code.
See DEVELOPER_GUIDE.md for instructions on setting up VinylDNS locally.
See the Contributing Guide.
Maintainers and Contributors
The current maintainers (people who can merge pull requests) are:
See AUTHORS.md for the full list of contributors to VinylDNS.
See MAINTAINERS.md for documentation specific to maintainers
VinylDNS would not be possible without the help of many other pieces of open source software. Thank you open source world!
Given the Apache 2.0 license of VinylDNS, we specifically want to call out the following libraries and their corresponding licenses shown below.