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Overview & Support

Pi-hole
Network-wide ad blocking via your own Linux hardware

The Pi-hole® is a DNS sinkhole that protects your devices from unwanted content, without installing any client-side software.

  • Easy-to-install: our versatile installer walks you through the process, and takes less than ten minutes
  • Resolute: content is blocked in non-browser locations, such as ad-laden mobile apps and smart TVs
  • Responsive: seamlessly speeds up the feel of everyday browsing by caching DNS queries
  • Lightweight: runs smoothly with minimal hardware and software requirements
  • Robust: a command line interface that is quality assured for interoperability
  • Insightful: a beautiful responsive Web Interface dashboard to view and control your Pi-hole
  • Versatile: can optionally function as a DHCP server, ensuring all your devices are protected automatically
  • Scalable: capable of handling hundreds of millions of queries when installed on server-grade hardware
  • Modern: blocks ads over both IPv4 and IPv6
  • Free: open source software which helps ensure you are the sole person in control of your privacy

Pi-hole is free, but powered by your support

There are many reoccurring costs involved with maintaining free, open source, and privacy respecting software; expenses which our volunteer developers pitch in to cover out-of-pocket. This is just one example of how strongly we feel about our software, as well as the importance of keeping it maintained.

Make no mistake: your support is absolutely vital to help keep us innovating!

Donations

Sending a donation using our links below is extremely helpful in offsetting a portion of our monthly expenses:

Alternative support

If you'd rather not donate (which is okay!), there are other ways you can help support us:

Contributing via GitHub

We welcome everyone to contribute to issue reports, suggest new features, and create pull requests.

If you have something to add - anything from a typo through to a whole new feature, we're happy to check it out! Just make sure to fill out our template when submitting your request; the questions that it asks will help the volunteers quickly understand what you're aiming to achieve.

You'll find that the install script and the debug script have an abundance of comments, which will help you better understand how Pi-hole works. They're also a valuable resource to those who want to learn how to write scripts or code a program! We encourage anyone who likes to tinker to read through it, and submit a pull request for us to review.

Presentations about Pi-hole

Word-of-mouth continues to help our project grow immensely, and so we are helping make this easier for people.

If you are going to be presenting Pi-hole at a conference, meetup or even a school project, get in touch with us so we can hook you up with free swag to hand out to your audience!


Getting in touch with us

While we are primarily reachable on our Discourse User Forum, we can also be found on a variety of social media outlets. Please be sure to check the FAQ's before starting a new discussion, as we do not have the spare time to reply to every request for assistance.



The Origin Of Pi-hole

Pi-hole being a advertising-aware DNS/Web server, makes use of the following technologies:

  • dnsmasq - a lightweight DNS and DHCP server
  • curl - A command line tool for transferring data with URL syntax
  • lighttpd - webserver designed and optimized for high performance
  • php - a popular general-purpose web scripting language
  • AdminLTE Dashboard - premium admin control panel based on Bootstrap 3.x

While quite outdated at this point, this original blog post about Pi-hole goes into great detail about how Pi-hole was originally setup and how it works. Syntactically, it's no longer accurate, but the same basic principles and logic still apply to Pi-hole's current state.


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