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DNS over HTTPS with Dnsmasq and https-dns-proxy



  • 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.


Install the packages and DNS encryption should be configured automatically.

# Install packages
opkg update
opkg install dnsmasq https-dns-proxy

LAN clients should use Dnsmasq as a primary resolver. Dnsmasq forwards DNS queries to https-dns-proxy which encrypts DNS traffic.


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
/etc/init.d/log restart; /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart; /etc/init.d/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


Web interface

Install the necessary packages if you want to manage the settings via web interface.

# Install packages
opkg update
opkg install luci-app-https-dns-proxy
  • Navigate to LuCI → Network → DHCP and DNS to configure Dnsmasq.
  • Navigate to LuCI → Services → HTTPS DNS Proxy to configure https-dns-proxy.

DoH provider

https-dns-proxy is configured with Google DNS and Cloudflare DNS by default. You can change it Google DNS or any other DoH provider. Make sure the 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.bootstrap_dns=","
uci set https-dns-proxy.dns.resolver_url=""
uci set https-dns-proxy.dns.listen_addr=""
uci set https-dns-proxy.dns.listen_port="5053"
uci commit https-dns-proxy
/etc/init.d/https-dns-proxy restart

Local system

Configure Dnsmasq as a primary resolver for local system. Bypass DNS encryption for NTP provider to avoid deadlock state when system time is not synchronized. Beware of race condition with Adblock service.

# Enforce DNS encryption for local system
uci set dhcp.@dnsmasq[0].localuse="1"
# Fetch DNS provider
. /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}"
# Bypass 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 -r 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
/etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart
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docs/guide-user/services/dns/doh_dnsmasq_https-dns-proxy.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/16 07:02 by vgaetera