6 Easy Steps to Install dig and nslookup command on RHEL/CentOS 8 | "dig command not found"


In this article, I will take you through 6 Easy Steps to Install dig and nslookup command on RHEL / CentOS 8. Sometimes you might have noticed the error "dig command not found" when you are trying to use dig command in your Server. This is because dig tool will be available by default in RHEL/CentOS 8. You need to install it manually.

dig is known as Domain Information Groper. It is used to query DNS Nameservers. Oftenly this tool is used by the DNS Administrators for troubleshooting purposes. This tool is part of the bind-utils package in RHEL/CentOS based systems. You can check more about this tool on dig Man Page.

nslookup is an open source tool in Linux used for querying Internet Name Servers. This tool is also a part of bind-utils package in RHEL/CentOS based Systems. You can check more about this tool on nslookup Man Page.

Since both of the tools are part of the bind-utils package so installing this package will make both the dnf and nslookup tools available in your Server.

6 Easy Steps to Install dig and nslookup command on RHEL/CentOS 8

Install dig and nslookup command on RHEL/CentOS 8

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Step 1: Prerequisites

a) You need to have a running RHEL/CentOS 8 Server.

b) You should have dnf tool installed in your Server. You can check 31 Useful DNF Command Examples for RPM Package Management in Fedora/RHEL/CentOS to know more about dnf command.

c) You should have sudo access to run privileged commands. You can Check How to Add User to Sudoers to know more about providing sudo access to the User.

Step 2: Update Your System

Before going through the steps to install dig and nslookup command you need to first update your Server using dnf update -y command as shown below. This will download and install all the latest available updates from enabled Repo. Sometimes installing a new package requires dependencies to be updated with the latest version hence it is always recommended to run an update first. This is particularly required if you have not updated your Server from long time.

[root@localhost ~]# dnf update -y
Last metadata expiration check: 0:17:57 ago on Sat 12 Sep 2020 02:25:56 PM EDT.
Dependencies resolved.
Package Architecture Version Repository Size
kernel-core x86_64 4.18.0-193.14.2.el8_2 BaseOS 28 M
alsa-lib x86_64 AppStream 441 k
container-selinux noarch 2:2.124.0-1.module_el8.2.0+305+5e198a41 AppStream 47 k
containers-common x86_64 1:0.1.40-11.module_el8.2.0+377+92552693 AppStream 50 k
fribidi x86_64 1.0.4-8.el8 install dig command AppStream 89 k
fuse-overlayfs x86_64 0.7.2-5.module_el8.2.0+305+5e198a41 AppStream 60 k
git x86_64 2.18.4-2.el8_2 install nslookup command AppStream 186 k
git-core x86_64 2.18.4-2.el8_2 install dig tool AppStream 4.0 M
git-core-doc noarch 2.18.4-2.el8_2 install dig tool AppStream 2.3 M
gtk-update-icon-cache x86_64 3.22.30-5.el8 install dig AppStream 32 k
gtk3 x86_64 3.22.30-5.el8 install nslookup tool AppStream 4.5 M
java-1.8.0-openjdk-headless x86_64 1: AppStream 34 M
java-11-openjdk x86_64 1: install dig AppStream 249 k
java-11-openjdk-devel x86_64 1: AppStream 3.4 M
java-11-openjdk-headless x86_64 1: AppStream 40 M
libdrm x86_64 2.4.100-1.el8 install dig command AppStream 164 k
libepoxy x86_64 1.5.3-1.el8 install nslookup command AppStream 225 k
libmaxminddb x86_64 1.2.0-7.el8 AppStream 25 k
libtiff x86_64 4.0.9-17.el8 AppStream 188 k
libvncserver x86_64 0.9.11-15.el8_2.1 AppStream 275 k
libwayland-client x86_64 1.17.0-1.el8 AppStream 39 k
libwayland-cursor x86_64 1.17.0-1.el8 AppStream 26 k

Step 3: Install Dig and nslookup command

Now you can install bind-utils package using dnf install bind-utils -y command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# dnf install bind-utils -y
CentOS-8 - AppStream 3.8 kB/s | 4.3 kB 00:01
CentOS-8 - Base 5.7 kB/s | 3.9 kB 00:00
CentOS-8 - Extras 2.0 kB/s | 1.5 kB 00:00
CentOS-8 - PowerTools 6.7 kB/s | 4.3 kB 00:00
Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux Modular 8 - x86_64 7.7 kB/s | 8.4 kB 00:01
Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64 9.1 kB/s | 7.6 kB 00:00
Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64 165 kB/s | 8.0 MB 00:49
Google Cloud SDK 271 B/s | 454 B 00:01
RPM Fusion for EL 8 - Free - Updates 4.8 kB/s | 3.7 kB 00:00
Dependencies resolved.
Package Architecture Version Repository Size
bind-utils x86_64 32:9.11.13-5.el8_2 AppStream 443 k
Installing dependencies:
bind-libs x86_64 32:9.11.13-5.el8_2 AppStream 171 k
bind-libs-lite x86_64 32:9.11.13-5.el8_2 AppStream 1.2 M
bind-license noarch 32:9.11.13-5.el8_2 AppStream 100 k
python3-bind noarch 32:9.11.13-5.el8_2 AppStream 148 k

Transaction Summary
Install 5 Packages

Total download size: 2.0 M
Installed size: 4.7 M
Downloading Packages:
(1/5): bind-license-9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch.rpm 366 kB/s | 100 kB 00:00
(2/5): bind-libs-9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64.rpm 572 kB/s | 171 kB 00:00
(3/5): bind-utils-9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64.rpm 1.8 MB/s | 443 kB 00:00
(4/5): bind-libs-lite-9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64.rpm 1.8 MB/s | 1.2 MB 00:00
(5/5): python3-bind-9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch.rpm 375 kB/s | 148 kB 00:00
Total 1.7 MB/s | 2.0 MB 00:01
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
Preparing : 1/1
Installing : bind-license-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch 1/5
Installing : bind-libs-lite-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 2/5
Installing : bind-libs-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 3/5
Installing : python3-bind-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch 4/5
Installing : bind-utils-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 5/5
Running scriptlet: bind-utils-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 5/5
Verifying : bind-libs-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 1/5
Verifying : bind-libs-lite-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 2/5
Verifying : bind-license-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch 3/5
Verifying : bind-utils-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 4/5
Verifying : python3-bind-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch 5/5

bind-utils-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 bind-libs-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 bind-libs-lite-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.x86_64 bind-license-32:9.11.13-5.el8_2.noarch


Step 4: Check dig and nslookup version

If you want to check dig command version then you need to use dig -v command as shown below. You can also see you are not getting any "dig command not found" error.

[root@localhost ~]# dig -v
DiG 9.11.13-RedHat-9.11.13-5.el8_2

If you want to check nslookup command version then you need to use nslookup -version command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# nslookup -version
nslookup 9.11.13-RedHat-9.11.13-5.el8_2

Step 5: Test Dig Command

You can test the dig command by simply quering the DNS Nameservers about using dig command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# dig

; <<>> DiG 9.11.13-RedHat-9.11.13-5.el8_2 <<>>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 11200
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096
; IN A


;; Query time: 3 msec
;; WHEN: Sat Sep 12 14:27:11 EDT 2020
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 55

Step 6: Test nslookup command

Like above, you can test the nslookup command by simply querying Internet Name Servers about using nslookup command as shown below.

[root@localhost ~]# nslookup

Non-authoritative answer:
Address: 2404:6800:4007:800::200e







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