What is Dynamic DNS?

While many production environments are able to obtain static IP addresses, there is sometimes a need to access a device with a dynamic address over the internet. Dynamic DNS services provide the ability to update the DNS record for a given device automatically.

Some DNS providers offer a proprietary tool to accomplish this and others even specialize as dynamic DNS providers. With DNSimple, it’s possible to have simple dynamic DNS service for a specific record by customizing the script below to your needs and running it on the schedule you choose.

Dynamic DNS Shell Script


TOKEN="your-oauth-token"  # The API v2 OAuth token
ACCOUNT\_ID="12345"        # Replace with your account ID
ZONE\_ID="yourdomain.com"  # The zone ID is the name of the zone (or domain)
RECORD\_ID="1234567"       # Replace with the Record ID
IP=`curl --ipv4 -s http://icanhazip.com/`

curl -H "Authorization: Bearer $TOKEN" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -H "Accept: application/json" \
     -X "PATCH" \
     -i "https://api.dnsimple.com/v2/$ACCOUNT_ID/zones/$ZONE_ID/records/$RECORD_ID" \
     -d "{\"content\":\"$IP\"}"

Download the shell script: ddns.sh