Getting Started with Dynamic DNS

What is Dynamic DNS?

Dynamic DNS, or DDNS for short, is a DNS service that provides the option to change the IP addresses of your A/AAAA records when the IP address of your device is changed dynamically by your Internet Service Provider. This is a good solution especially for home networks, which typically have dynamic public IP addresses from their ISP.

How do I setup a Dynamic DNS?

The very first thing you need to do is to log in your ClouDNS account. In case you don't have such, you definitely must open an account with us. To do so, click on the Sign in button located at the upper-right corner of our home page and choose Sign up new account.

Once you have a ClouDNS account, you can proceed with creating a DNS zone for your domain. If you already have a domain name, you can easily create a Master DNS zone for your domain in a few clicks. More information about Master DNS zones can be found here.

You don't have to worry in case you don't own any domain name. You can benefit from the Free subdomains we offer. At ClouDNS they are also known as Free DNS Zones - read more here

Since Dynamic DNS is a feature that allows an automatic update of your A records, you need to add such. To do so, at your DNS zone management page, click on the Add new record link. For Type choose A and type as follows:

Type: A
TTL: 1 Hour
Points to: your.public.IP.address

Click here to check our video guideline and explanation of A records.

To activate Dynamic DNS, at your DNS zone management page, find the A/AAAA record(s), you want this service to be activated on, and click on the up and down arrows icon (Active Dynamic URL). Once, you've clicked on it, a new window will pop up, which will prompt you to activate the service. You can check our Dynamic DNS Documentation for more information about it.

Dynamic DNS for different platforms.

Dynamic DNS can be used on all major operating systems such as Linux, macOS, and Windows. Detailed documentation regarding this matter can be seen below:

Last modified: 2023-11-06
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