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DNS Propagation

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If you just registered a domain or changed a DNS record on your domain name, you need to either wait for the dns cache to clear itself or clear your local cache to get a new name resolution.

Just know that clearing your local DNS cache does not mean it will automatically work, it usually takes up to 24-48 hours for a full global DNS propagation.

Flush DNS cache in Windows

  1. Open the Start Menu and start typing command prompt until you see it in the results.
  2. In the command prompt, type ipconfig /flushdns

You will see the following confirmation for completing this step:

Windows IP Configuration
Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

Flush DNS cache in Linux

To flush the DNS cache in linux, you just have to restart the dns service:

For nscd

Use this command to clear NCSD DNS cache on your Linux machine:

sudo /etc/init.d/nscd restart

For dnsmasq

Use this command to clear the dnsmasq DNS cache on your Linux machine:

sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

For Bind9 DNS

If you use BIND for DNS service, there are a few commands you can use to flush its DNS cache.

sudo /etc/init.d/named restart
sudo rndc restart
sudo rndc exec

Flush DNS cache in Mac OS

To flush the DNS cache in a Mac OS system, please follow the steps bellow.

Open a terminal and type the following

lookupd -flushcache

On newer version of Mac OS, you can run:

dscacheutil -flushcache

After running the command, it will clear your local DNS cache.

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