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DDNS for Cloudflare

Small binary to update Cloudflare DNS entries via a config file.

How does it work

This system is split into two portions, the binary itself and an external timer that periodically executes the binary.

To install the binary, either build your own .deb file or find a release. More distro support is appreciated but not currently promised.

An external timer can be a system provided one or something like crontab. For convenience, a systemd system and timer file is provided that activates it on an hourly interval. This is automatically installed if you use the .deb.

The binary contains various subcommands:

Subcommand Description
run Reads from a config file and calls into Cloudflare's API
list Read the config file to list information about your zones

This binary must be activated at your preferred interval via an external timer.

This only supports updating one IP address to any number of zones and DNS entries. For another IP address, install and run this on the machine with different IP address.


First, create an initial file at /etc/cloudflare-ddns.toml. Populate it with the following:

email = "your@email.com"
api_key = "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"

ipv4 = "https://what.is.my.ipv4.example"
ipv6 = "https://what.is.my.ipv6.example"

id = "deadbeefdeadbeefdeadbeefdeadbeef"

account section

The email should be the email associated with your Cloudflare account.

The api_key field should be populated with your Global API Key. This is found at on your account profile.

ip_reflector section

The ipv4 and ipv6 fields should be populated with a URL that when provided a GET request, returns the IP address in the body as a string, without a newline.

For example, curl should return something similar to this:

$ curl https://what.is.my.ipv4.example

The % is added by curl to indicate no line ending.

zone section

Each zone subsection should contain a website registered to your account. Each zone needs an id, which can be found on the Overview tab of the respective website.

Once you've populated all fields, run cloudflare-ddns list to list the ids of each DNS entry:

example.com (deadbeefdeadbeefdeadbeefdeadbeef)
|               Name | Type | IP Address               | Proxied | Id                               |
|        example.com | A    |                  | false   | fefefefefefefefefefefefefefefefe |
|   irys.example.com | A    |                  | true    | c0ffeec0ffeec0ffeec0ffeec0ffeec0 |
| suisei.example.com | AAAA | 1111:11::1111            | true    | 1337c0d31337c0d31337c0d31337c0d3 |

This lists all relevant data necessary for dynamically updating each DNS entry.

For each DNS entry for example.com you want to dynamically update, create an entry as follows:

name = "@" # Use @ for the root domain
id = "fefefefefefefefefefefefefefefefe"
proxy = false
type = "A"

name = "irys"
id = "c0ffeec0ffeec0ffeec0ffeec0ffeec0"
proxy = true
type = "A"

name = "suisei"
id = "1337c0d31337c0d31337c0d31337c0d3"
proxy = true
type = "AAAA"

A full example config can be found in the repo.

At this point, you can run cloudflare-ddns run to verify that everything works. If you run into issues, you can provide --log=debug or --log=trace for more information.

If successful, attempt to trigger it via the external timer. If that is successful, installation is complete.

Building packages

A .deb package is created via cargo-deb.