How To Install Dig on CentOS 8

Install Dig on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the Dig on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Dig (Domain Information Groper) is handy to perform DNS lookup and investigate DNS-related issues, right from the terminal. But for some reason, it doesn’t exist on the latest version of CentOS or RHEL.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Dig on a CentOS 8.

Install Dig on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Installing Dig on CentOS 8.

Now we run the following command to install dig on the CentOS system:

sudo dnf install bind-utils

To verify you have successfully installed dig, prompt the system to display the version of dig on the system:

dig -v

Not only dig but bind-utils also install other essential utilities such as nslookup, host, nsupdate, etc.

Step 3. Basic Examples of Dig Command Usage.

  • To check the DNS record for a specific domain, run the command:
  • You can use the dig command to find the domain’s MX (Mail Exchange) records:
dig MX +short
  • Use the utility to display the detailed SOA (Start of Authority) record:
dig SOA

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dig. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Dig on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Dig website.

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