Why Use BIND?
- BIND 9 is transparent open source. If your organization needs some functionality that is not in BIND 9, you can modify it, and contribute the new feature back to the the community by sending us your source. Download a tarball from the ISC web site or ftp.isc.org, or a binary from your operating system repository.
- BIND 9 has evolved to be a very flexible, full-featured DNS system. Whatever your application is, BIND 9 most likely has the required features.
- As the first, oldest, and most commonly deployed solution, there are more network engineers who are already familiar with BIND 9 than with any other system. Help is available via our community mailing list, or you may subscribe for expert, confidential, 24×7 support from the ISC team.
BIND 9 is distributed as source code, with executables provided for Windows. You download the code from this website, unpack the archive, and build it for whatever system you plan to run it on. You will need a UNIX system with an ANSI C compiler, basic POSIX support, and a 64 bit integer type. BIND 9 runs and is supported on a very wide variety of new and old operating systems, including most UNIX and LINUX variants, and some Windows platforms.
Most users run BIND 9 on CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Solaris, Ubuntu or Windows. The most up-to-date versions of BIND 9 are always available from ISC on our website and ftp server. Most operating systems also offer BIND 9 packages for their users. These may be built with a different set of defaults than the standard BIND 9 distribution and some of them add a version number of their own that does not map exactly to the BIND 9 version.
For configuration assistance, and overall understanding of how to use BIND 9, the BIND Administrative Reference Manual (ARM) is the primary tool. Resolver users may find Getting started for Recursive Resolvers to be useful. Windows users may find the explanation of the versions available for Windows useful. There are a number of excellent books on BIND. Ron Hutchinson’s DNS for Rocket Scientists is generously posted on the Internet at Zytrax.com and can be a very helpful on-line reference tool. Our partners at Men and Mice run a very good series of hands-on training classes. For more information, see the Men and Mice web site.
Blogs on BIND
DNS Flag Day is a public-benefit movement, like a community trash pick up day in a common area everyone...February 1, 2019
A number of DNS software and service providers have announced that we will all cease implementing DNS resolver workarounds...January 15, 2019
We wish all our customers, contributors, donors, and friends all the best for a wonderful holiday season and a...December 21, 2018
There is a fundamental flaw in the way that some web server operators use the DNS to identify the...December 5, 2018
If you’ve visited ISC’s GitLab instance in the last few days, you may have noticed something: BIND 9 has...December 4, 2018
We have begun offering some additional binary packages for BIND 9 on an experimental basis. We already offer binaries for...September 13, 2018
The major changes in BIND 9.13 are related to code modernization. We have removed a number of workarounds and...September 13, 2018
It is often asked, “why can’t I have a CNAME at the zone apex?” This article explains why you...August 6, 2018
ISC’s training partner, Men & Mice, has announced public courses for September through November, in Amsterdam, Geneva, Denver, San...July 16, 2018
The IETF standards community regards the possibility of pervasive monitoring as an attack on the Internet and there is...May 24, 2018
Extension Mechanisms for DNS were standardized in 2013 Despite this, there continue to be non-compliant implementations. DNS software developers have tried...March 19, 2018
The 1H 2018 Schedule for DNS and BIND classes is posted. There will be classes in Amsterdam, Redwood City,...March 13, 2018
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