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How To Install Pi-hole on Fedora 38

Install Pi-hole on Fedora 38

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Pi-hole on Fedora 38. Network management and security have become paramount in our digital age. Unwanted ads, tracking, and malware can significantly impact your online experience and pose a security risk. Pi-hole is a powerful, open-source solution that acts as a DNS sinkhole, blocking unwanted content before it even reaches your devices.

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 the step-by-step installation of the Pi-hole on a Fedora 38.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Fedora 38.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Pi-hole.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Pi-hole on Fedora 38

Step 1. Before we can install Pi-hole on Fedora 38, it’s important to ensure that our system is up-to-date with the latest packages. This will ensure that we have access to the latest features and bug fixes and that we can install Pi-hole without any issues:

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Required Dependencies.

Pi-hole relies on several packages and libraries to function correctly. You can install these dependencies using the dnf package manager:

sudo dnf install curl lsof net-tools

Step 3. Set a Static IP Address.

Setting a static IP address ensures that Pi-hole’s DNS server remains accessible. Follow these steps to configure a static IP using Network Manager. First, check your current network configuration to gather information:

ip addr

Note down your current IP address, gateway, and DNS settings.

Open the Network Manager configuration file for editing:

sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-<YOUR_INTERFACE_NAME>

Replace <YOUR_INTERFACE_NAME> with the name of your network interface.

Modify the file to configure a static IP address. Here is an example of what to include in the file:

IPADDR= # Your desired static IP address
GATEWAY= # Your gateway IP address
DNS1= # Your DNS server (usually your gateway)

Save the file then, restart the network service to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager

Step 4. Disable SELinux and Firewall.

SELinux and firewalls can interfere with Pi-hole’s operation. While we recommend leaving SELinux enabled for security, you can temporarily disable it for Pi-hole installation. Be cautious when disabling SELinux and always re-enable it when the installation is complete:


To temporarily disable SELinux, use the following command:

sudo setenforce 0

You can re-enable SELinux later by running:

sudo setenforce 1

Step 5. Installing Pi-hole on Fedora 38.

Now that your system is prepared, it’s time to download Pi-hole. We will retrieve the installer script from the official repository:

curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | sudo bash

You will be presented with the Pi-hole installer wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure Pi-hole as per your preferences.

During the installation process, you will encounter several configuration options. Here’s a closer look at some of the choices you’ll need to make:

  • Choose an Interface

Pi-hole will ask you to select the network interface you want to use for DNS. The installer will typically pre-select the correct interface. If not, choose the one connected to your local network and press Enter.

  • Select an Upstream DNS Provider

You’ll need to choose an upstream DNS provider. We recommend using a reliable, privacy-focused DNS provider, such as Cloudflare ( or Google ( You can also use your ISP’s DNS servers.

  • Enable Query Logging

Query logging records all DNS queries made through Pi-hole. It can be useful for monitoring network activity. Decide if you want to enable this feature.

  • Blocklists

Pi-hole uses blocklists to filter out unwanted content. The default blocklists are effective, but you can add custom ones or remove entries as needed. Pi-hole maintains an extensive list of available blocklists on their website.

  • Web Interface Password

Set a password for the Pi-hole web interface. This password is used to access Pi-hole’s admin panel.

  • Fallback DNS Server

Choose a fallback DNS server. This server is used if Pi-hole encounters an issue and needs to forward DNS requests. You can use your ISP’s DNS server or choose one of the upstream DNS providers.

Follow the installer’s prompts and configure Pi-hole according to your preferences. Once the installation is complete, you’ll receive a summary of your settings.

Step 6. Accessing Pi-Hole Web Interface.

In the address bar, enter the IP address of your Fedora system, which is now running Pi-hole. By default, Pi-hole uses port 80. For example, if your Fedora system’s IP address is, enter

Install Pi-hole on Fedora 38

You’ll be prompted to enter your Pi-hole admin console password that you set during the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Pi-hole. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Pi-hole on your Fedora 38 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Pi-hole website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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