Pi-hole Alternatives

    Pi-hole is described as 'Block ads for all your devices without the need to install client-side software. The Pi-hole blocks ads at the DNS-level, so all your devices are protected' and is a popular app in the Web Browsers category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Pi-hole for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is simplewall, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Pi-hole are AdGuard (Freemium, Open Source), Blokada (Free, Open Source), AdAway (Free, Open Source) and NextDNS (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 2, 2021

    1. Simple tool to configure Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) which can configure network activity on your computer.
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      • 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!.
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      AdGuard vs Pi-hole opinions
      This alternative is disputed. AdGuard is still a legitimate alternative to Pi-hole, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      jmthornton Pi-hole is a DNS-level content blocker, AdGuard is an app.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

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      It is a good combination in addition to Pi-hole. But is a client software, which needs to be installed on every device. It cannot protect unsupported systems (e.g. smart phone, smart TV).
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      client software, not server/network software
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      doesn't perform the same functions as a dns level ad blocker.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

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    2. The best ad blocker for Android that works for all apps and does not require root. Free and open source. Blokada efficiently blocks ads, tracking and malware. It saves your data plan, makes your device faster and protects your privacy. It's free, open source and secure.
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      Blokada vs Pi-hole opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Blokada is still a legitimate alternative to Pi-hole, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Blokada should not be considered an alternative to Pi-hole due to the different implementations of the software, Pi-hole is installable on to external devices such as a device that is directly connected to the router like a Raspberry Pi whilst Blokada is specifically installed on an Android device
      Top negative comment  10 months ago

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      Pi-Hole is server adguard is a plugin
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      jmthornton Pi-hole is a DNS-level content blocker, Blokada is a browser plugin.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

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      network-level ad blocking
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      It is a good combination in addition to Pi-hole. But is a client software, which run on Android devices only. It cannot protect unsupported systems (e.g. smart phone, smart TV).
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    3. An ad blocker that uses the hosts file. The hosts file contains a list of mappings between hostnames and IP addresses. When an app requests an ad, that request is directed to 127.0.0.1 which does nothing.
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      AdAway vs Pi-hole opinions
      Most users think AdAway is a great alternative to Pi-hole.
      Pi-hole is a DNS resolver, AdAway modifies a file on an individual computer rather than block at the DNS level.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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      • 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
      Block ads, trackers and malicious websites on all your devices. Get in-depth analytics about your Internet traffic. Protect your privacy and bypass censorship. Shield your kids from adult content.
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    4. Extending and consolidating hosts files from several well-curated sources like adaway.org, mvps.org, malwaredomainlist.com, someonewhocares.org, and potentially others. You can optionally invoke extensions to block additional sites by category.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.
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    5. All-Around System Privacy Since the Portmaster sits on your kernel, you can finally protect your whole computer, not just your browser. Do you want to block Ads and Analytics for your whole operating system? The Portmaster has you covered.
      Portmaster vs Pi-hole opinions
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      IsidroRollandHills It has most the same features regarding a single host, but as it’s a software, you can take it with you wherever you go!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    6. 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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      Technitium DNS Server vs Pi-hole opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Technitium DNS Server is a great alternative to Pi-hole.
      It works exactly like Pi-Hole and is a full fledged DNS Server and not just a DNS proxy. Works on Windows, macOS, Linux and Raspberry Pi. Plus it gives much more features like DNS-over-HTTPS and DNS-over-TLS for using public DNS resolvers and also allows you to host your own service using these protocols.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      It's actually an alternative, most of the others are *browser based* ad blockers.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      pili Works exactly as pihole, very lightweight, easy to use. But, better than pihole IMO because it does not has to be installed on another device dedicated to it, you can install it on the same computer that is doing the requests. Less community than pihole but the dev is very reactive, and it is quite easy to use !
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      I works like Pi-hole, as it filters DNS requests. It cannot remove ads embedded in HTTPS connections. Therefore you will still need Adblock etc.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      shreyasonline It can replace Pi-Hole by installing it on Raspberry Pi for blocking Ads network wide.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    7. This Energized System is designed to be available for all OSs, systems. gets a list of domains that serve ads, tracking scripts and malware from multiple reputable sources and creates a hosts file that prevents your system from connecting to them.
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      Energized Protection vs Pi-hole opinions
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      IsidroRollandHills Not necessarily an alternative. This is also a block list collection.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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