cPanel DNSOnly®

Valid for version 82





Last modified: November 4, 2020


The cPanel DNSOnly® software allows you to run a dedicated physical nameserver. It is the simplest version of cPanel & WHM and only replicates DNS zones to your other servers.

To install DNSOnly, follow the instructions in our Installation Guide documentation.


The cPanel DNSOnly software requires a free license, which the server automatically obtains during installation. If this does not occur, contact cPanel Customer Service

Access cPanel DNSOnly

To access the cPanel DNSOnly interface, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to https://IP:2087 in your preferred browser.

    In this address, IP represents your server’s IP address. If you have a domain name that resolves to the server, you can use it in place of the IP address.

  2. Enter root in the Username text box.

  3. Enter your password in the Password text box.

  4. Click Log in.

The cPanel DNSOnly Home interface

You can access the following interfaces from the cPanel DNSOnly Home interface:

Server Configuration


Security Center

Server Contacts

  • Contact Manager — This interface defines how cPanel & WHM sends alert notifications for server and account events.

  • Edit System Mail Preferences — This interface allows you to define how your server handles mail for the following system mail addresses:

    • root

    • nobody

    • cpanel

Service Configuration

  • Manage Service SSL Certificates — This interface allows you to manage the SSL certificates for the services that exist on your server.

    cPanel, L.L.C. does not offer free cPanel-signed hostname certificates for cPanel DNSOnly servers.
  • Nameserver Selection — This interface allows you to select BIND or PowerDNS as your nameserver software or to disable the nameserver.

    • We deprecated the MyDNS and NSD nameserver software in cPanel & WHM version 78 and plan to remove them in a future release. If you use either of these nameservers, we strongly recommend that you migrate to either the PowerDNS or BIND nameservers. For more information, read our cPanel Deprecation Plan documentation.

    • We recommend that you do not start your nameserveres unless you plan to use them.

  • Service Manager — This interface allows you to select which daemons to enable and which of the enabled daemons to monitor.


  • DNS Cluster — This interface allows you to configure a DNS cluster. The DNS Cluster feature allows visitors to reach websites on your server more quickly after the web server comes back online.

  • Remote Access Key — This interface allows you to generate a remote access key. Use the Remote Access Key feature for automatic account creation scripts, external billing software, and to allow servers in your DNS cluster to exchange records.

DNS Functions

  • Synchronize DNS Records — This interface allows you to reconcile differences in zone files between servers in a DNS cluster. Use this interface if some servers in your DNS cluster give outdated responses to DNS queries. This interface includes features to compare zone files among servers, recognize the most up-to-date zone files, and update the servers in the DNS cluster.


  • Manage API Tokens — This interface allows you to create, list, and revoke API tokens. You can use an API token to authenticate with WHM’s remote API.


    Users on cPanel DNSOnly systems can access the following privileges:

    • All Features
    • Add DNS Zones
    • Basic System Information
    • Basic WHM Functions
    • Change Password
    • Create User Session
    • DNS Clustering
    • Manage API Tokens
    • Manage DNS Records
    • Manage Styles
    • Nameserver Configuration
    • Remove DNS Zones
    • Restart Services
    • SSL Information
    • SSL Site Management
    • View Server Information
    • View Server Status

IP Functions*


  • Change Log — This interface allows you to view published builds of cPanel & WHM software. The change log documents updates to the cPanel & WHM software that include fixes, enhancements, and patches.

  • Manage Plugins — This interface allows you to add and remove plugins that exist on your server.

  • Upgrade to Latest Version — This interface allows you to update your cPanel & WHM software to the most recent build available on your server’s Release Tier.

Restart Services

  • DNS Server — To restart the DNS server service, click DNS Server.

  • SQL Server (MySQL) — To restart the SQL (MySQL) server service, click SQL Server (MySQL).

  • SSH Server (OpenSSH) — To restart the SSH server service, click SSH Server (OpenSSH).

Additional Documentation