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How do I flush my DNS cache in Linux?

When a computer needs to do a DNS lookup it will first look in its internal cache. If the computer is not refreshing its DNS cache in a timely manner, you may need to manually clear the DNS information.



In order to run a command to flush the local DNS cache you must first open a command terminal window. There are a number of ways to flush your cache depending on your Linux distribution and the version of that distribution. Here are some of the most command commands in order of prevalence:



sudo systemd-resolve --flush-caches




sudo resolvectl flush-caches




sudo killall -USR2 systemd-resolved




sudo killall -HUP dnsmasq




sudo systemctl restart dnsmasq

Updated on: 19/01/2023

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