Pi-hole’s ability to manage local DNS records is one of its most useful yet least talked about features – especially in a homelab environment – regardless of if you’re running just a few simple services in your lab or something more complicated like a Kubernetes cluster full of containerized services.
This is an advanced configuration not because it’s particularly difficult to implement, but because it’s not necessary for your Pi-hole system to function properly. For those who would prefer to not rely on third party DNS providers – whether for privacy reasons or just because you can – configuring your Pi-hole system with Unbound for recursive DNS takes only a few minutes to setup and configure.
With what seems to be the growing prevalence of spyware and surveillance happening online, the Internet Engineering Task Force put forth a standard called DNS Over HTTPS to help improve peoples’ online privacy. Since it’s introduction in 2018, it’s been made available in all of the major web browsers – such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.
This tutorial covers the basics of configuring a newly installed Pi-hole instance. If newer options become available in the future, this document will be updated to reflect the changes / additions. After completion of this tutorial, you should have a solid grasp of the essential Pi-hole settings – including DNS, Privacy, custom lists, and Group Management. Refer back to this tutorial as needed if you need a refresher on any of these basic settings / features.
This tutorial details the steps necessary to install the Pi-hole application on a TrueNAS Scale server. At the time this tutorial was created, the current version of TrueNAS Scale is 22.02.0.1. When newer versions are released, this document will be updated, if needed, to reflect necessary changes. Be sure after you’ve completed this tutorial that you move onto my tutorial on Basic Pi-hole Configuration for help in using your newly installed software.
This tutorial details the steps necessary to setup a working Pi-hole installation using Docker / Docker Compose. The server I’m using for the purpose of this tutorial is Debian 11 but should also work for Ubuntu or other similar distros. Aside from package installation, this tutorial should work fine with other non-Debian based distros. This tutorial will be updated in the future to reflect changes as necessary.
This tutorial details the steps necessary (and a few optional ones) for installing Pi-hole to your device or virtual machine running either Debian or Ubuntu – these instructions should work fine with either option. At the time this tutorial was last edited, the current version of Debian is 11 and the current version of Ubuntu Server LTS is 22.04, however, at this time, Ubuntu 22.04 is not supported by Pi-hole. If you’d like to use Ubuntu, make sure you use version 20.04 instead. If Ubuntu 22.04 becomes supported this document will be updated, if needed, to reflect necessary changes.
Google, Facebook, Amazon and others do everything they can to track what you read, watch, and do online. A growing number of people online are taking their online privacy a step further by actively reducing the amount of information that is gathered about us by the websites and platforms that we visit. Pi-hole is an essential tool used by those who wish to better protect their online privacy.