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Make #DNS queries using client side #Javascript using DNS-JS


DNS is a very simple protocol, which runs over UDP port 53. It’s primary role is to determine the IP address that is related to a domain. So for example, DNS-JS.com resolves to, but it’s also used to determine what server handles the email for a given domain, and lots of other ‘glue’ that holds the internet together.

The issue is, you can’t make a low level packet requests using Javascript alone, so this library helps you make DNS requests using Browser-side javascript.

So, a simple example would be;

function(data) {

Which makes a DNS “A” type request for “dns-js.com”, and will return the result as a parameter to your callback function, in this case as “data”, and written to the console.

The full list of Query types are as follows;

A : Address Mapping record
NS : Name Server record
MD : A mail destination (OBSOLETE - use MX)
MF : A mail forwarder (OBSOLETE - use MX)
CNAME : Canonical Name record
SOA : Marks the start of a zone of authority
MB : A mailbox domain name (EXPERIMENTAL)
MG : A mail group member (EXPERIMENTAL)
MR : A mailbox rename domain name (EXPERIMENTAL)
NULL : A Null resource record (EXPERIMENTAL)
WKS : A well known service description
PTR : Reverse-lookup Pointer record
HINFO : Host information
MINFO : Mailbox or mail list information
MX : Mail exchanger record
TXT : Text Record 
RP : Responsible Person
AFSDB : AFS Data Base location
AAAA : IP Version 6 Address record
SRV : Service Location
SSHFP : A SSH Fingerprint resource record
RRSIG : RRSIG rfc3755
AXFR : DNS zone transfer request.
ANY : Generic any query 
URI : A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) resource record
CAA : A certification authority authorization

and, you can see other demos at https://www.dns-js.com/

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