PDNS Manager features a powerful API which enables you to update records pragmatically whilst providing some helper functions at the same time.

This can be used for example to achieve a Dynamic DNS service.


Update via GET request

The most simple API is to update a record via a simple GET request. Therefore you must create the record you wish to update.

The next step is to enable remote access for that record. Therefore, click on the "share" symbol, which is the last icon in the record row.

Then click on Add password. Enter a description for that API access and supply a password. Repeat the password and confirm it with Add.


Remember the ID of your new remote access as you will need it in the API call.

Now everything is configured to update the record remotely. To do so, make a request to:



Get IP via API

You can read your client IP address, via the action getIp using a get request as the following:


You get a JSON like the following:

    "ip": ""

Post API with signature

PDNS Manager also has an API which uses asymmetric cryptography as authentication method. This API is used via HTTP POST requests.

A client for that API implemented in a simple bash script is available. The client is described first, afterwards the protocol is described.

Using the client software

To get the client, it is obligated to have git installed first. If this is not the case you can do that for Debian using:

sudo apt-get install git

The client depends on jq and curl which can be installed as follows:

sudo apt-get install jq curl

Now you can clone the repository into a directory of your choice, and change to the cloned repository.

git clone https://github.com/loewexy/pdns-client
cd pdns-client

In the next step you have to generate a RSA keypair using:


This creates two files: pdns.private.pem and pdns.public.pem

Get the public key using cat:

cat pdns.public.pem

Copy the output to the clipboard. Now go to PDNS Manager and add the record you want to update. Click on the "share" symbol, the last icon in the record row.

On the following page, press Add key. Enter some description and paste the public key from the clipboard into the text field.

Confirm your inputs with Add. Remember the ID which is assigned to your new remote permission.

Now back on your machine which should do the update, you can call the client with data of your choice like that:

./pdns-client -s https://dns.example.com/ -d <domain> -i <id> -c <content>


This should update the data as you requested.

You can get more options of pdns-keygen and pdns-client through the -h option, which will give you some hints about what you can do.

API description

The POST API is very simple. You need a RSA keypair and you must be able to sign data with it.

The first action you need to do is to send a JSON like the following as POST data to the URL https://dns.example.com/api/remote.php?getNonce.



You get a JSON like the following:

    nonce: "SnXuDd0CKwayBjwiWyAUWCcqG1B/4bO+QSJK6sQ1ehU="

Now you have to concatenate the domain, the id, the content and the received nonce. Sign this data with SHA512 using your private key and base64 encode the signature. Add the result to the first JSON you sent like the following (signature is shortened for better readability):


Sent this as POST data to https://dns.example.com/api/remote.php?updateRecord.