Quickly retrieve any type of DNS record you wish using PHP

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Redbox-dns can be used to quickly query dns records a given domain. The API it self is extremely easy to use but you can always check out the examples directory for some examples.


In the examples directory you find usecases on how you can this class. Below you find an extremely easy way of receiving the mx records for and print them out. You can find this example once again in the examples directory.

$resolver = new \Redbox\DNS\Resolver();
$resolver->resolve('', DNS_MX);

foreach($resolver as $record) {
    if ($record['type'] == 'MX')
        echo $record['type'] . ' ' . $record['pri'] . ' '. $record['target']."\n";


$ php ./mxrecords.php
MX 30
MX 20
MX 40
MX 50
MX 10

Resolve Options

The second parameter to the resolve method can be used to define the desired record type to return. Below is a list of the available record types.

Type Record Type Description
DNS_ALL ALL Iteratively query the name server for each available record type
DNS_A A IPv4 Address Resource
DNS_CNAME CNAME Alias (Canonical Name) Resource
DNS_HINFO HINFO Host Info Resource
DNS_MX MX Mail Exchanger Resource
DNS_NS NS Authoritative Name Server Resource
DNS_PTR PTR Pointer Resource (Reverse DNS)
DNS_SOA SOA Start of Authority Resource
DNS_TXT TXT Text Resource
DNS_AAAA AAAA Pv6 Address Resource
DNS_SRV SRV Service record (SRV record)
DNS_NAPTR NAPTR Name Authority Pointer

Example: Retrieve all CNAME records

/* retreive all CNAME records */
$resolver->resolve('', DNS_CNAME);


Using composer:

$ composer require redbox/dns

Installation trough archive download

If you download the package from a website (for example or or any other) you will need composer installed on your machine. The reason for this is that Redbox-dns comes without the require vendor directory which is required to run the package.

First of all if you don't have composer installed you can find it here follow the instructions and don't get intimidated in fact its really really easy to install.

In the this sample i will assume you have composer installed (on any machine). Go to the package root (where composer.json is located) and execute the following command.

$ composer install  --no-dev

Unit Testing

Redbox-dns comes with a suite of tests that you can run. The tests will be automaticaly run on and inspected on


The following versions of PHP are supported by this version.

  • PHP 5.4
  • PHP 5.5
  • PHP 5.6
  • PHP 7.0
  • PHP 7.1
  • HHVM


Redbox-dns is released under the MIT public license.



This package is created and maintained by Johnny Mast. If you have any questions feel free to contact me on twitter by using @mastjohnny in your tweet.


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