split – Filter DNS Server response Records based on network definitions and request source IP.


The split plugin allows filtering DNS Server responses Records based on network definitions. That way you do not need to run multiple DNS servers to handle split DNS.

If there are multiple A Records in the response, only the records matching the defined network will be returned to a matching querier, and the records not matching the network to the other sources.

⚠️ This plugin is not much about security, it is designed only to give a better answer to the incoming source IP, if you need to apply security filtering rules, please consider using the coredns acl plugin.


This package will always be compiled as part of CoreDNS and not in a standalone way. It will require you to use go get or as a dependency on plugin.cfg.

The manual will have more information about how to configure and extend the server with external plugins.

A simple way to consume this plugin, is by adding the following on plugin.cfg, and recompile it as detailed on coredns.io.


Put this higher in the plugin list, so that split is before after any of the other plugins.

After this you can compile coredns by:

go generate
go build

Or you can instead use make:



# TODO: docs


If monitoring is enabled (via the prometheus directive) the following metric is exported:

  • coredns_example_request_count_total{server} – query count to the example plugin.

The server label indicated which server handled the request, see the metrics plugin for details.


This plugin reports readiness to the ready plugin. It will be immediately ready.


In this configuration, we forward all queries to and filter out A records pointing to an IP address in the network except for queries coming from the and networks.

. {
  example { {
  forward .

Also See

See the manual.


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