Free and open source, powerful network-wide ads & trackers blocking DNS server.
AdGuard Home is a network-wide software for blocking ads and tracking. After you set it up, it’ll cover ALL your home devices, and you don’t need any client-side software for that.
It operates as a DNS server that re-routes tracking domains to a “black hole”, thus preventing your devices from connecting to those servers. It’s based on software we use for our public AdGuard DNS servers, and both share a lot of code.
- Getting Started
- Comparing AdGuard Home to other solutions
- How to build from source
- Projects that use AdGuard Home
Automated install (Linux/Unix/MacOS/FreeBSD/OpenBSD)
To install with curl run the following command:
curl -s -S -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AdguardTeam/AdGuardHome/master/scripts/install.sh | sh -s -- -v
To install with wget run the following command:
wget --no-verbose -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AdguardTeam/AdGuardHome/master/scripts/install.sh | sh -s -- -v
To install with fetch run the following command:
fetch -o - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AdguardTeam/AdGuardHome/master/scripts/install.sh | sh -s -- -v
The script also accepts some options:
-c <channel>to use specified channel;
-rto reinstall AdGuard Home;
-uto uninstall AdGuard Home;
-vfor verbose output.
Note that options
-u are mutually exclusive.
Please read the Getting Started article on our Wiki to learn how to install AdGuard Home manually, and how to configure your devices to use it.
You can use our official Docker image on Docker Hub.
If you’re running Linux, there’s a secure and easy way to install AdGuard Home: get it from the Snap Store.
See our Wiki.
Comparing AdGuard Home to other solutions
How is this different from public AdGuard DNS servers?
Running your own AdGuard Home server allows you to do much more than using a public DNS server. It’s a completely different level. See for yourself:
Choose what exactly the server blocks and permits.
Monitor your network activity.
Add your own custom filtering rules.
Most importantly, it’s your own server, and you are the only one who’s in control.
How does AdGuard Home compare to Pi-Hole
At this point, AdGuard Home has a lot in common with Pi-Hole. Both block ads and trackers using the so-called “DNS sinkholing” method and both allow customizing what’s blocked.
We’re not going to stop here. DNS sinkholing is not a bad starting point, but this is just the beginning.
AdGuard Home provides a lot of features out-of-the-box with no need to install and configure additional software. We want it to be simple to the point when even casual users can set it up with minimal effort.
Disclaimer: some of the listed features can be added to Pi-Hole by installing additional software or by manually using SSH terminal and reconfiguring one of the utilities Pi-Hole consists of. However, in our opinion, this cannot be legitimately counted as a Pi-Hole’s feature.
|Blocking ads and trackers||✅||✅|
|Built-in DHCP server||✅||✅|
|HTTPS for the Admin interface||✅||Kind of, but you’ll need to manually configure lighttpd|
|Encrypted DNS upstream servers (DNS-over-HTTPS, DNS-over-TLS, DNSCrypt)||✅||❌ (requires additional software)|
|Cross-platform||✅||❌ (not natively, only via Docker)|
|Running as a DNS-over-HTTPS or DNS-over-TLS server||✅||❌ (requires additional software)|
|Blocking phishing and malware domains||✅||❌ (requires non-default blocklists)|
|Parental control (blocking adult domains)||✅||❌ (requires non-default blocklists)|
|Force Safe search on search engines||✅||❌|
|Per-client (device) configuration||✅||✅|
|Access settings (choose who can use AGH DNS)||✅||❌|
|Running without root privileges||✅||❌|
How does AdGuard Home compare to traditional ad blockers
DNS sinkholing is capable of blocking a big percentage of ads, but it lacks the flexibility and the power of traditional ad blockers. You can get a good impression about the difference between these methods by reading this article, which compares AdGuard for Android (a traditional ad blocker) to hosts-level ad blockers (which are almost identical to DNS-based blockers in their capabilities). This level of protection is enough for some users.
Additionally, using a DNS-based blocker can help to block ads, tracking and analytics requests on other types of devices, such as SmartTVs, smart speakers or other kinds of IoT devices (on which you can’t install traditional ad blockers).
Here are some examples of what cannot be blocked by a DNS-level blocker:
YouTube, Twitch ads;
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram sponsored posts.
Essentially, any advertising that shares a domain with content cannot be blocked by a DNS-level blocker.
Is there a chance to handle this in the future? DNS will never be enough to do this. Our only option is to use a content blocking proxy like what we do in the standalone AdGuard applications. We’re going to bring this feature support to AdGuard Home in the future. Unfortunately, even in this case, there still will be cases when this won’t be enough or would require quite a complicated configuration.
How to build from source
make init to prepare the development environment.
You will need this to build AdGuard Home:
Open your terminal and execute these commands:
git clone https://github.com/AdguardTeam/AdGuardHome cd AdGuardHome make
NOTE: The non-standard
-j flag is currently not supported, so building with
make -j 4 or setting your
MAKEFLAGS to include, for example,
-j 4 is likely to break the build. If you do have your
MAKEFLAGS set to that, and you don’t want to change it, you can override it by running
make -j 1.
Makefile to learn about other commands.
Building for a different platform
You can build AdGuard Home for any OS/ARCH that Go supports. In order to do this, specify
GOARCH environment variables as macros when running
env GOOS='linux' GOARCH='arm64' make
make GOOS='linux' GOARCH='arm64'
snapcraft to prepare a release build. Once installed, run the following command:
make build-release CHANNEL='...' VERSION='...'
build-release target documentation.
make build-docker to build the Docker image locally (the one that we publish to DockerHub). Please note, that we’re using Docker Buildx to build our official image.
You may need to prepare before using these builds:
(Linux-only) Install Qemu:
docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static --reset -p yes --credential yes
Prepare the builder:
docker buildx create --name buildx-builder --driver docker-container --use
build-docker target documentation.
Debugging the frontend
When you need to debug the frontend without recompiling the production version every time, for example to check how your labels would look on a form, you can run the frontend build a development environment.
In a separate terminal, run:
( cd ./client/ && env NODE_ENV='development' npm run watch )
AdGuardHomebinary with the
--local-frontendflag, which instructs AdGuard Home to ignore the built-in frontend files and use those from the
Now any changes you make in the
./client/directory should be recompiled and become available on the web UI. Make sure that you disable the browser cache to make sure that you actually get the recompiled version.
Please note that we don’t expect people to contribute to both UI and backend parts of the program simultaneously. Ideally, the backend part is implemented first, i.e. configuration, API, and the functionality itself. The UI part can be implemented later in a different pull request by a different person.
Test unstable versions
There are two update channels that you can use:
beta: beta versions of AdGuard Home. More or less stable versions, usually released every two weeks or more often.
edge: the newest version of AdGuard Home from the development branch. New updates are pushed to this channel daily.
There are three options how you can install an unstable version:
Snap Store: look for the
Docker Hub: look for the
Standalone builds. Use the automated installation script or look for the available builds on the Wiki.
Script to install a beta version:
curl -s -S -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AdguardTeam/AdGuardHome/master/scripts/install.sh | sh -s -- -c beta
Script to install an edge version:
curl -s -S -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AdguardTeam/AdGuardHome/master/scripts/install.sh | sh -s -- -c edge
If you run into any problem or have a suggestion, head to this page and click on the “New issue” button. Please follow the instructions in the issue form carefully and don’t forget to start by searching for duplicates.
Help with translations
Another way you can contribute is by looking for issues marked as
help wanted, asking if the issue is up for grabs, and sending a PR fixing the bug or implementing the feature.
Projects that use AdGuard Home
This software wouldn’t have been possible without:
- Go and its libraries:
- Node.js and its libraries:
- whotracks.me data
You might have seen that CoreDNS was mentioned here before, but we’ve stopped using it in AdGuard Home.
For the full list of all Node.js packages in use, please take a look at