How to Setup Cloudflare DNS on Ubuntu Desktop

A few days ago, Cloudflare launched its DNS service promising to be fast, secure, and more focused on privacy than any other DNS services available today for consumers and it will be free.

If you subscribe to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Comcast, Century Link, and others, your computers are probably assigned DNS servers automatically from your ISP.

Although the speed benefit Cloudflare is offering might not be a big factor as compared to Google and other well-known DNS providers, a private and secure DNS service might be appealing to privacy-conscious folks out there.

If what Cloudflare is saying about the privacy benefits of its DNS systems is true, then you may want to take advantage of that.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to configure an Ubuntu desktop to use Cloudflare’s fast and more secure DNS service.

To configure the Ubuntu desktop with Cloudflare DNS service, continue with the steps below

How to open the Ubuntu network manager

On the Ubuntu desktop, Network Manager helps manage network settings. Click on the system menu and select system settings.

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Then go to Network as shown in the image below. and select the setting button for the network device you’re using to connect to the Internet. this could be a Wired or Wi-Fi connection type.

If you have both network interfaces (Wired and Wi-Fi), then you’ll have to do this twice.

When the Interface configuration page opens, select both IPv4 and IPv6 and turn off automatic DNS IP settings. then type the custom Cloudflare DNS IP addresses you want to use.

How to add Cloudflare DNS on Ubuntu Linux

On the Interface configuration page, turn off the Automatic DNS configuration. then type the Cloudflare DNS IPs. You should select the both IPv4 and IPv6 tabs and enter Cloudflare DNS IP addresses.

The format is shown below:

IPv4 IPs

1.1.1.1, 1.0.0.1

IPv6 IPs

2606:4700:4700::1111, 2606:4700:4700::1001

When you’re done, click the green Apply button to save your changes.

You can configure individual computer DNS settings however, the best way is to change the DNS configuration at the router’s level adding Cloudflare DNS on your router ensures that all the devices connected to your router will automatically be configured with Cloudflare’s DNS IP addresses.

That’s it! Your devices should have the fastest and more private DNS systems.

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