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DNS over HTTPS via Dnsmasq and https-dns-proxy


  • This guide describes how to configure OpenWrt to protect your DNS traffic.
  • It utilizes DNS over HTTPS to provide DNS encryption.
  • DNS encryption is limited to DNS traffic, use VPN to protect all traffic.


  • Encrypt your DNS traffic improving security and privacy.
    • Prevent DNS leak and DNS hijacking.
  • Bypass regional restrictions using public DNS providers.
    • Escape DNS-based content filters and internet censorship.


This method utilizes DoH via Dnsmasq and https-dns-proxy and focuses on masking DNS traffic as HTTPS traffic.

Enable split DNS mode to encrypt LAN client DNS traffic assuming that local system traffic does not involve private data.

Use https-dns-proxy to encrypt DNS traffic. Configure Dnsmasq to forward DNS queries to https-dns-proxy. Enforce DNS encryption for LAN clients to avoid DNS leak.

# Install packages
opkg update
opkg install dnsmasq https_dns_proxy
# Enable DNS encryption
uci -q delete dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].server
DOHPROXY_ADDR="$(uci get https_dns_proxy.@https_dns_proxy[0].listen_addr)"
DOHPROXY_PORT="$(uci get https_dns_proxy.@https_dns_proxy[0].listen_port)"
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].server="${DOHPROXY_SERV}"
# Enforce DNS encryption for LAN clients
uci set dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].noresolv="1"
uci commit dhcp
service dnsmasq restart

See also: DNS hijacking, Random generator


Verify that domain name resolution works.

nslookup localhost

Check your DNS provider. Make sure there is no DNS leak.

Test DNSSEC validation.


Collect and analyze the following information.

# Restart the services
service log restart; service dnsmasq restart; service https_dns_proxy restart
# Log and status
logread -e dnsmasq; netstat -l -n -p | grep -e dnsmasq
logread -e https_dns_proxy; netstat -l -n -p | grep -e https_dns
# Runtime configuration
pgrep -f -a dnsmasq; pgrep -f -a https_dns_proxy
# Persistent configuration
uci show dhcp; uci show https_dns_proxy


DoH provider

https-dns-proxy uses Google DNS by default. You can change it to another DoH provider. Make sure selected provider supports DNSSEC validation if required. Specify several servers to improve fault tolerance.

# Configure DoH provider
while uci -q delete https_dns_proxy.@https_dns_proxy[0]; do :; done
uci set https_dns_proxy.dns="https_dns_proxy"
uci set https_dns_proxy.dns.listen_addr=""
uci set https_dns_proxy.dns.listen_port="5053"
uci set https_dns_proxy.dns.user="nobody"
uci set"nogroup"
uci set https_dns_proxy.dns.url_prefix=""
uci commit https_dns_proxy
service https_dns_proxy restart

Local system DNS via Dnsmasq

Enforce DNS encryption for local system. Override DNS encryption for NTP provider to avoid deadlock state if system time is not synchronized. Beware of fault tolerance issues.

# Enforce DNS encryption for local system
uci set dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].localuse="1"
# Fetch DNS provider
source /lib/functions/
network_find_wan NET_IF
network_find_wan6 NET_IF6
network_get_dnsserver NET_DNS "${NET_IF}"
network_get_dnsserver NET_DNS6 "${NET_IF6}"
# Override DNS encryption for NTP provider
uci get system.ntp.server \
| sed -e "s/\s/\n/g" \
| sed -e "s/^[0-9]*\.//" \
| sort -u \
| while read NTP_DOMAIN
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].server="/${NTP_DOMAIN}/${NET_DNS%% *}"
uci add_list dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].server="/${NTP_DOMAIN}/${NET_DNS6%% *}"
uci commit dhcp
service dnsmasq restart
docs/guide-user/services/dns/doh_dnsmasq_https-dns-proxy.txt · Last modified: 2019/05/26 17:02 by vgaetera