Flushing your DNS

We all have had that one time when your computer refuses to go to a site, or you can’t connect to something or a network. This is a result of a bad IP address or some other DNS result being cached in your system.

What is DNS caching

At it’s basic, DNS cache is simply how your computer remembers sites or networked locations and devices you’ve visited or networks you’ve connected to. It basically keeps the address that matches the URL of a site you visited for example.

How to flush

Flushing your DNS cache basically clears out all entries from your system and allows new entries to be made so that things flow smoothly. So here is how to do it on different systems.

Windows

Depending on the version of Windows you are using, the process to bring up a Command Prompt will be different but that is what you need. Basically you will want to do the following:

  • For XP – Click Start -> In the Run box type cmd.exe and press Enter
  • For 7 – Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> right click on Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator
  • Win8 and up – Simply type cmd which will bring up the search results to the right of your screen -> right click on Command Prompt and click on Run as Administrator
  • Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter

MacOS

  • Open a command terminal and run the following:
    • 10.8 Mountain Lionsudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder then
    • 10.9 Mavericks and up – dscacheutil -flushcache then sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Linux

Open a terminal and run the following sudo dscacheutil -flushcache

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