Open Source: NamedManager

Open Source: NamedManager


NamedManager is an AGPL web-based DNS management system designed to make the adding, adjusting and removal of zones/records easy and reliable.

Rather than attempting to develop a new nameserver as in the case of many DNS management interfaces, NamedManager supports the tried and tested Bind nameserver, by generating Bind compatible configuration files whenever a change needs to be applied.

This also ensures that an outage of the management server web interface or SQL database will not result in any impact to DNS servers.

Key Features

  • Allows addition, adjusting and deletion DNS zones.
  • Supports Bind 9 and pushes Bind compatible configuration and zone files to configured servers.
  • Supports Amazon Route53
  • Ability to import from Bind zonefile support.
  • Includes a log tailer that runs on the name servers and sends back logs that are rendered in the web interface.
  • SOAP API to allow other tools to hook into the interface.
  • Written in PHP and uses a MySQL database backend.
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6 users of the management interface.
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6 forward and reverse records zones.
  • Supports internationalized domain names.


Using NamedManager

NamedManager is split into two parts:

  1. The web interface and MySQL DB that stores and provides configuration for the DNS zones.
  2. A component for bind which runs frequently and applies any configuration on the Bind name servers, eloads them and sends logs back to the web interface.

NamedManager allows for a variety of DNS architectures, on the simplest level, all component can run on one server - web interface, SQL DB, Bind component and Bind itself.

You should (really should!) have at least two name servers, one model that works well is to have a master name server that runs the NamedManager interface and two slave servers that are public facing.

With NamedManager, the usual Bind slave replication isn't used for zones, instead all the servers run as independents and NamedManager handles the replication of configuration between them.

Getting Started

To get started with NamedManager, start by reading the Installation wiki page.

I have packaged for RHEL/CentOS 5 & 6 and there is a .src.rpm you can build for other platforms as desired.

Support & Contributions

Have a read of the Troubleshooting page before asking for support.

Email the mailing list and get help from the author and the community.

If you have a bug, feel free to open an issue in the project issue tracker.

You should also read Contributions if you're wanting to submit back to this project.

Development Team
Jethro Carr
Happy Crew
Nathan Humphreys
Shane Forshaw

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