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    Unbound Alternatives

    Unbound is described as 'validating, recursive, and caching DNS resolver' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are six alternatives to Unbound for Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is BIND, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Unbound are PowerDNS (Free, Open Source), djbdns (Free, Open Source), MaraDNS (Free, Open Source) and Simple DNS Plus (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jan 14, 2022

    1. 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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    2. PowerDNS is a DNS Server that runs on most Unix derivatives. PowerDNS features a large number of different backends ranging from simple BIND style zonefiles to relational databases and load balancing/failover algorithms. A DNS recursor is also included as a separate program.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      The djbdns software package is a collection of Domain Name System tools created by Daniel J. Bernstein. It includes software for all the fundamental DNS operations and several DNS debugging tools which administrators use to diagnose misconfigured remote servers.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      MaraDNS implements the Domain Name System (DNS), an essential internet service. MaraDNS is open source software: This means that anyone is free to download, use, and modify the program free of charge, as per its license.
    3. Simple DNS Plus is a commercial DNS server product that runs under Microsoft Windows with an emphasis on a simple-to-use GUI. Maintenance of the software appears to have slackened in recent years.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      NamedManager is an AGPL web-based BIND gui DNS management system designed to make the adding, adjusting and removal of zones/records easy and reliable.
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