Install latest/stable of dnstap-gael

Ubuntu 16.04 or later?

Make sure snap support is enabled in your Desktop store.

Install using the command line

sudo snap install dnstap-gael

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dnstap: flexible, structured event replication format for DNS servers

This is NOT an original piece of work, just a snap of dnstap

dnstap implements an encoding format for DNS server events. It uses a lightweight framing on top of event payloads encoded using Protocol Buffers and is transport neutral.

dnstap can represent internal state inside a DNS server that is difficult to obtain using techniques based on traditional packet capture or unstructured textual format logging.


dnstap-gael.dnstap --help

Example using Knot Resolver (https://snapcraft.io/knot-resolver-gael)

snap connect dnstap-gael:home :home

snap connect knot-resolver-gael:home :home

sudo dnstap-gael.dnstap -q -u /root/dnstap.sock

sudo vi /var/snap/knot-resolver-gael/current/kresd.conf

modules = {
    dnstap = {
        socket_path = "/root/dnstap.sock",
        identity = "",
        version = package_version(),
        client = {
            log_queries = true,
            log_responses = true,

sudo snap restart knot-resolver-gael.kresd


  • v0.4.0 available on amd64, arm64 & armhf

Details for dnstap-gael

  • Apache-2.0

Last updated
  • 16 August 2021


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