This document describes how to install cPanel DNSONLY™ on your server. For more information about the cPanel DNSONLY product, read our cPanel DNSONLY documentation.

  • To use cPanel DNSONLY, your server must allow traffic on the following ports: 53, 953, and 2087.
    • If you wish to allow the DNSONLY server to send email notifications, you must also open port 25.
  • After you create a cPanel DNSONLY server, add it to a DNS cluster in WHM's DNS Cluster interface ( Home >> Clusters >> DNS Cluster ). 

Install cPanel DNSONLY

To install cPanel DNSONLY, perform the following steps:

  1. To open the /home directory, run the following command:

    cd /home

  2. To fetch the latest installation files from cPanel's servers, run the following command:

    curl -o latest-dnsonly -L https://securedownloads.cpanel.net/latest-dnsonly

  3. To open and execute the installation files, run the following command:

    sh latest-dnsonly

    cPanel, LLC does not offer free cPanel-signed hostname certificates for cPanel DNSONLY servers.

Remove Trial License banner

Trial License banner appears in your WHM Home interface if your server currently possesses a 15-day trial cPanel & WHM license. However, the cPanel DNSONLY software does not require a license to function. 

To remove the Trial License banner, you must remove the cPanel license from the server. To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Contact the cPanel Customer Service department and request that they deactivate your trial license.
  2. Create a directory to contain the cPanel license files.
  3. Move the cpanel.lisc file and the /root/.cpanel/datastore/_usr_local_cpanel_cpanel_-F file to the directory that you created. To do this, run the following commands:

    mv /usr/local/cpanel/cpanel.lisc /root/trashfiles/
    mv /root/.cpanel/datastore/_usr_local_cpanel_cpanel_-F /root/trashfiles/

    In the above commands, trashfiles represents the directory into which to move the cPanel license files.

  4. Restart cPanel DNSONLY. To do this, run the following command:


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