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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 Ad Blocker in the web browsers category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Pi-hole for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Android, Mac and iPhone. The best alternative is AdGuard, which is free. Other great apps like Pi-hole are simplewall, Blokada, NextDNS and AdAway.

Pi-hole alternatives are mainly Ad Blockers but may also be Firewalls or Network Monitors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pi-hole.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Self-Hosted
  • CentOS
  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • Raspbian
  • Raspberry Pi

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  1. AdGuard icon

    AdGuard

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • 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!.

    ⚫︎ Block TrackersAdGuard has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeAdGuard supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Very good app for blocking ads. Use it!
    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.

    It is an "DNS-level content blocker" too! The software is called "Adguard HOME" and it is very similar to PiHole! It is a little more user friendly in my opinion.

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    RemovedUser

    Very similar premise with a different admin experience. Can't hurt trying out both in a VM or on Play with Docker to see what you prefer

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    jmthornton

    Pi-hole is a DNS-level content blocker, AdGuard is an app.

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    doesn't perform the same functions as a dns level ad blocker.

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    client software, not server/network software

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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).

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  2. simplewall icon

    simplewall

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Simple tool to configure Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) which can configure network activity on your computer.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedsimplewall is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Lightweightsimplewall consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Portablesimplewall can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Blokada

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid

    Blokada is the popular ad blocker and privacy app for Android and iOS. It's being supported and actively developed by the amazing open source community.

    ⚫︎ LightweightBlokada consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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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

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    Pi-Hole is server adguard is a plugin

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    jmthornton

    Pi-hole is a DNS-level content blocker, Blokada is a browser plugin.

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    network-level ad blocking

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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).

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  4. NextDNS icon

    NextDNS

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • UC Browser
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • Online
    • BSD
    • OpenWrt
    • DD-WRT
    • Ubiquiti UniFi
    • pfSense
    • Alpine Linux

    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.

    ⚫︎ No LogsNextDNS doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableNextDNS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedNextDNS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersNextDNS has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
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    AdAway

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    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.

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    Portmaster

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Portmaster is a free and open-source application firewall that puts you back in charge over all your computer's network connections.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedPortmaster is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModePortmaster supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersPortmaster has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingPortmaster will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ No LogsPortmaster doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
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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!

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    OpenSnitch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    OpenSnitch is a GNU/Linux port of the Little Snitch application firewall.

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  8. Unified hosts file with base extensions icon

    Unified hosts file with base extensions

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

     Consolidating and extending hosts files from several well-curated sources. Optionally pick extensions for porn, social media, and other categories.

    ⚫︎ Built-in VPNUnified hosts file with base extensions has a built-in VPN feature that enhances your privacy and allows you to browse the web from anywhere.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedUnified hosts file with base extensions is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Root requiredRequires root to use Unified hosts file with base extensions, mainly relevant for Android apps.
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    Privoxy

    • 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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  10. 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableTechnitium DNS Server can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Technitium DNS Server vs Pi-hole opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Technitium DNS Server is a great alternative to Pi-hole.
    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 !

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    It's actually an alternative, most of the others are browser based ad blockers.

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    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.

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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.

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    shreyasonline

    It can replace Pi-Hole by installing it on Raspberry Pi for blocking Ads network wide.

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