This documentation is a Work in progress while the Stubby docs move home to, for the latest complete documentation see

'Stubby' is 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!

Why Use Stubby?

Read about the problem with DNS Privacy and how Stubby helps


Key Features:

Stubby uses getdns, it is recommended to use the 1.1.3 release or later of getdns, and preferably the latest getdns stable release.


As of August 2017 Stubby has moved to its own repository and getdns is a library dependancy!

Stubby is supported on several platforms:

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: