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'Stubby' is the name given to a mode of using getdns which enables it to act as a an application that acts as a local DNS Privacy stub resolver (using DNS-over-TLS). Stubby encrypts DNS queries sent from a client machine (desktop or laptop) to a DNS Privacy resolver increasing end user privacy.

Stubby is developed by the getdns project.

For more background and FAQ see our About Stubby page. Stubby is in the early stages of development but is suitable for technical/advanced users. A more generally user-friendly version is on the way!

Since Stubby is part of the getdns project - the reference page for how to get up and running with Stubby has moved to the getdns website:

Stubby Reference Guide

As always, bugs Stubby is being moved to its own home on github so keep an eye on this page for updates.


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Why Use Stubby?

Read about the problem with DNS Privacy and how Stubby helps

Key Features:

  • Runs as a daemon listening on the loopback  addresses (, ::0) 
  • Sends all outgoing DNS queries received on those addresses out over TLS
  • Uses a default configuration which provides Strict Privacy and uses a subset of the available DNS Privacy servers

Stubby was first available in the 1.1 release of getdns, it is recommended to use the latest getdns stable release.


Stubby is supported on several platforms:

  • Linux
    • Build from source
    • Packages
  • macOS
    • Build from source
    • Homebrew Tap
    • Installer including prototype GUI on the way!
  • Windows

We hope to have support on mobile platforms in the future


See our Stubby configuration guide.


Bugs or feature requests can be directed to either





How can I contribute to the getdns/Stubby projects?

Other options

Other ways to run a privacy daemon are: