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Connect to using DoH clients

There are several DoH clients you can use to connect to


  1. Download and install the cloudflared daemon.

  2. Verify that the cloudflared daemon is installed by entering the following command:

    $ cloudflared --version
    cloudflared version 2020.11.11 (built 2020-11-25-1643 UTC)
  3. Start the DNS proxy on an address and port in your network. If you do not specify an address and port, it will start listening on localhost:53. DNS (53) is a privileged port, so for the initial demo we will use a different port:

    $ cloudflared proxy-dns --port 5553
    INFO[2020-12-04T19:58:57Z] Adding DNS upstream - url:
    INFO[2020-12-04T19:58:57Z] Adding DNS upstream - url:
    INFO[2020-12-04T19:58:57Z] Starting metrics server on
    INFO[2020-12-04T19:58:57Z] Starting DNS over HTTPS proxy server on: dns://localhost:5553
  4. You can verify that cloudflared is running using a dig, kdig, host, or any other DNS client.

    $ dig +short @ -p5553 AAAA
  5. Run cloudflared as a service so it starts on user login. On many Linux distributions, this can be done with:

    $ sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/cloudflared-proxy-dns.service >/dev/null <<EOF
    Description=DNS over HTTPS (DoH) proxy client
    ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/cloudflared proxy-dns
    $ sudo systemctl enable --now cloudflared-proxy-dns
  6. Change your system DNS servers to use On Linux, you can modify /etc/resolv.conf:

    $ sudo rm -f /etc/resolv.conf
    $ echo nameserver | sudo tee /etc/resolv.conf >/dev/null
  7. Finally, verify it locally with:

    $ dig +short @ AAAA


The DNSCrypt-Proxy 2.0+ supports DoH out of the box. It supports both and other services. It also includes more advanced features, such as load balancing and local filtering.

  1. Install DNSCrypt-Proxy.

  2. Verify that dnscrypt-proxy is installed and the version is 2.0 or later:

    $ dnscrypt-proxy -version
  3. Set up the configuration file using the official instructions, and add cloudflare and cloudflare-ipv6 to the server list in dnscrypt-proxy.toml:

    server_names = ['cloudflare', 'cloudflare-ipv6']
  4. Make sure that nothing else is running on localhost:53, and check that everything works as expected:

    $ dnscrypt-proxy -resolve
    Resolving []
    Domain exists: yes, 3 name servers found
    Canonical name:
    IP addresses: 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:6f19, 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:7019,,
    TXT records: -
    Resolver IP:
  5. Register it as a system service according to the DNSCrypt-Proxy installation instructions.