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How to Install BIND on CentOS 6 & 7

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What is BIND?

BIND is generally the default and most popular DNS software that is used across various Linux distributions. BIND is used to translate domain names to their assigned IP address which ensures the domain is resolvable across the internet. In this article we will cover how to install BIND in a CentOS 6 environment. If you’d like to learn more about how to configure BIND, please refer to our article that covers that topic: Configure BIND server


How to install BIND (CentOS 6 and 7)

Before we begin, please ensure that you’re logged into your server via SSH. If you’re not certain how to access your server via SSH, please refer to our guide: Connecting to Your Server via SSH. Since BIND is essentially the standard when it comes to DNS software, the installation process is fairly straightforward and is completed by using a simple Yum command.


The command listed below will install BIND, start the service, and then ensure that it is automatically started on each boot.

yum install bind bind-utils -y && service named start && chkconfig named on


Afterwards you can enter the following command to confirm that the service is installed, and running properly.

service named status

That’s it! You should now be able to start using BIND for all of your DNS related needs!