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dnsmasq Alternatives

dnsmasq is described as 'Dnsmasq is a lightweight, easy to configure DNS forwarder and DHCP server. It is designed to provide DNS and, optionally, DHCP, to a small network. It can serve the names of local machines which are not in the global DNS' and is an app in the network & admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to dnsmasq for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and BSD. The best alternative is AdGuard, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like dnsmasq are NextDNS, Acrylic DNS Proxy, AdGuard Home and hBlock.

dnsmasq alternatives are mainly Ad Blockers but may also be DNS Resolvers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of dnsmasq.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

Dnsmasq is a lightweight, easy to configure DNS forwarder and DHCP server. It is designed to provide DNS and, optionally,...

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  1. AdGuard icon

    AdGuard

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Opera
    • Firefox

    AdGuard is the best way to get rid of intrusive ads and online tracking, and to protect your computer from malware. Make your web surfing faster, safer and more comfortable with AdGuard!.

    Very good app for blocking ads. Use it!
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    One is a DNS server, the other is SPYWARE / REMOVER. Not even close.

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    dnsmasq is far more configurable and supports custom DNS servers and host based blocklists.

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    NextDNS

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • UC Browser
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Opera
    • Firefox

    NextDNS protects you from all kinds of security threats, blocks ads and trackers on websites and in apps and provides a safe and supervised Internet for kids — on all devices and on all networks.

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  3. Acrylic is a local DNS proxy for Windows which improves the performance of your computer by caching the responses coming from your DNS servers and helps you fight unwanted ads through a custom HOSTS file.

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    Most users think Acrylic DNS Proxy is a great alternative to dnsmasq.
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    AdGuard Home

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • FreeBSD
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Cloudron

    AdGuard Home is a network-wide software for blocking ads & tracking. After you set it up, it'll cover ALL your home devices, and you don't need any client-side software for that.

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    dnsmasq is a service for confiruing DNS requests. ADGuard is a browser tool for blocking ads. One is a low level protocol, the other is a client-facing application. Not remotely the same. Seems like spam / advertising

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    hBlock

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Homebrew

    hBlock is a POSIX-compliant shell script, designed for Unix-like systems, that gets a list of domains that serve ads, tracking scripts and malware from multiple sources and creates a hosts file (alternative formats are also supported) that prevents your system from connecting to...

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  6. YogaDNS automatically intercepts DNS requests at the system level and allows you to process them over user-defined DNS servers using modern protocols and flexible rules.

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  7. Technitium DNS Server is an open source tool that can be used as a personal local DNS server for privacy & security. It includes Ad blocking feature combined with DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS support.

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    TinyProxy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Tinyproxy is a light-weight HTTP/HTTPS proxy daemon for POSIX operating systems. It is free software, and supports transparent and reverse proxying.

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    TinyProxy has nothing to do with DNS, this is not an alternative.

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    BIND

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    BIND is by far the most widely used DNS software on the Internet. On Unix-like operating systems it is the de facto standard.

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  10. dhcpcd

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    dhcpcd is an implementation of the DHCP client specified in RFC2131. It strives to be a fully featured, yet very lightweight DHCP client.

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