dig Command in Linux with Examples

dig command stands for Domain Information Groper. It is used for retrieving information about DNS name servers. It is basically used by network administrators. It is used for verifying and troubleshooting DNS problems and to perform DNS lookups. Dig command replaces older tools such as nslookup and the host.

Installing Dig command

In case of Debian/Ubuntu

$sudo apt-get install dnsutils

In case of CentOS/RedHat

$sudo yum install bind-utils

Syntax:

dig [server] [name] [type]

Working with Dig Command

1. To query domain “A” record



dig geeksforgeeks.org

To-query-domain-A-record

This command causes dig to look up the “A” record for the domain name “geeksforgeeks.org”.

2. To query domain “A” record with +short

dig geeksforgeeks.org +short

To-query-domain-A-record-with-short

By default dig is verbose and by using “+short” option we can reduce the output drastically as shown.

3. To remove comment lines.

dig geeksforgeeks.org +nocomments

To-remove-comment-lines

This command makes a request and excludes the comment lines.



4. To set or clear all display flags.

dig geeksforgeeks.org +noall

To-set-or-clear-all-display-flags

We use the “noall” query option, when we want to set or clear all display flags.

5. To query detailed answers.

dig geeksforgeeks.org +noall +answer

to-query-detailed-answers

If we want to view the answers section information in detail, we first stop the display of all section using “+noall” option and then query the answers section only by using “+answer” option with the dig command.

6. To query all DNS record types.

dig geeksforgeeks.org ANY

to-query-all-dns-record-types

We use “ANY” option to query all the available DNS record types associated with a domain. It will include all the available record types in the output.

7. To query MX record for the domain.



dig geeksforgeeks.org MX

to-query-ms-record-of-the-domain

If we want only the mail exchange – MX – answer section associated with a domain we use this command.

8. To trace DNS path

dig geeksforgeeks.org +trace

to-trace-dns-path

“+trace” command is used for tracing the DNS lookup path. This option makes iterative queries to resolve the name lookup. It will query the name servers starting from the root and subsequently traverses down the namespace tree using iterative queries following referrals along the way.

9. For specifying name servers

dig geeksforgeeks.org @8.8.8.8

for-specifying-name-servers

By default, dig command will query the name servers listed in “/etc/resolv.conf” to perform a DNS lookup. We can change it by using @ symbol followed by a hostname or IP address of the name server.

10. To query the statistics section

dig geeksforgeeks.org +noall +answer +stats

TO-QUERY-STATISTICS-SECTION

We use “+stats” option with dig command, to see the statistics section.

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