We pre-compile FTLDNS for you to save you the trouble of compiling anything yourself. However, sometimes you may want to make your own modifications. To test them, you have to compile FTLDNS from source. Luckily, you don't have to be a programmer to build FTLDNS from source and install it on your system; you only have to know the basics we provide in here. With just a few commands, you can build FTLDNS from source like a pro.
Install native build environment¶
This will install all necessary tools to build FTL directly in your host operating system. It is usually the easiest solution and works with all editors available.
Installing the Required Software¶
First, we'll install the basic software you'll need to compile from source, like the GCC compiler and other utilities. Install them by running the following command in a terminal:
Debian / Ubuntu / Raspbian¶
sudo apt install git wget ca-certificates build-essential libgmp-dev m4 cmake libidn11-dev libreadline-dev xxd
sudo dnf install git wget ca-certificates gcc gmp-devel gmp-static m4 cmake libidn-devel readline-devel xxd
libnettle from source¶
FTLDNS uses a cryptographic library (
libnettle) for handling DNSSEC signatures.
Compile and install a recent version using:
tar -xzf nettle-3.8.1.tar.gz
make -j $(nproc)
sudo make install
Since Ubuntu 20.04, you need to specify the library directory explicitly. Otherwise, the library will be installed in custom locations where it would not be found by
Get the source¶
Now, clone the FTLDNS repo (or your own fork) to get the source code of FTLDNS:
git clone https://github.com/pi-hole/FTL.git && cd FTL
If you want to build another branch and not
master, use checkout to get to this branch, like
git checkout development
Compile the source¶
FTLDNS can now be compiled using either the build script
mkdir -p cmake && cd cmake
cmake --build . -- -j $(nproc)
Note that both ways are exactly equivalent and that you do not need
root privileges here.
Install the new binary system-wide¶
Install the new binary using either
cd cmake && sudo make install
Finally, restart FTLDNS to use the new binary:
sudo service pihole-FTL restart
Use containerized build environment¶
While most people think of Docker as a deployment environment, it's also a wonderful tool to create and maintain build environments. Pi-hole provides
ftl-build containers composed of everything needed to build FTL for various architectures on your
x86_64 hosts. Check out Docker Hub
pi-hole/ftl-build for the available build containers as well as the Releases overview for a detailed changelog.
ftl-build containers can, for instance, easily be used as
devcontainers with Visual Studio Code's
remote-containers extension. The necessary
devcontainer.json is provided in the FTL repository. See the description of the extension for further details. Note that
./build.sh install would only install FTL in the container in this case. Instead, you have to copy the FTL binary generated inside the container yourself to the final destination on your installation target.