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Tiny replacement for piHole DNS filter

Still Work in progress, usable.

Idea is to produce a very simple, no-web-interface , IP DNS blocker.


Zabov requires golang 1.13 or later.

git clone
cd zabov
go get
go build -mod=vendor

Then, edit config.json: please notice config.json must be in the same folder of the executable you run.

Just a few words about "singlefilters" and "doublefilters":

Data must be downloaded from URLs of blacklist mantainers.They may come in different formats.

There are two kinds of blacklists:

One is the format zabov calls "singlefilter", where we find a single column , full of domains:

The second is the format zabov calls "doublefilter" (a file in "/etc/hosts" format, to be precise), where there is an IP, usually localhost or and then the domain:

This is why configuration file has two separated items.

The config file should look like:

    "zabov": {  
        "cachettl": "4",
        "killfilettl": "12",
        "singlefilters":"./urls-hosts.txt" ,



  • port is the port number. Usually is 53, you can change for docker, if you like
  • proto is the protocol. Choices are "udp", "tcp", "tcp/udp"
  • ipaddr is the port to listen to. Maybe empty, (which will result in listening to to avoid issues with docker.
  • upstream: file containing all DNS we want to query : each line in format IP:PORT
  • cachettl: amount of time the cache is kept (in hours)
  • killfilettl: refresh time for killfiles
  • singlefilters: name of the file for blacklists following the "singlefilter" schema.(one URL per line)
  • doublefilters: name of the file, for blacklists following the "doublefilter" schema.(one URL per line)
  • blackholeip: IP address to return when the IP is banned. This is because you may want to avoid MX issues, mail loops on localhost, or you have a web server running on localhost
  • hostsfile: path where you keep your local blacklistfile : this is in the format "singlefilter", meaning one domain per line, unlike hosts file.


Multistage Dockerfiles are provided for AMD64, ARMv7, ARM64V8


  • caching
  • monitoring port