Wednesday, 7 November 2012

How to Flush DNS cache in Windows -Linux or Mac Machines

How to Clear/Flush DNS cache in Windows / Linux / Mac Machines

DNS A DNS server resolves domain names into IP addresses. So when you request “” for example, the DNS server finds out the address for the domain, and sends your request the right way. 

DNS Cache ProblemIf you continually get DNS errors while trying to brows any site, but the same site on another computer on the same network is working fine. Then this problem is because of the DNS cache of the machine and you need to reload your DNS cache on that machine.

Following is the process to Clear/flush DNS cache in Windows / Linux / Mac Machines

To Clear/flush DNS cache in Microsoft Windows.
Start >> Run >> type cmd
In command prompt, type 
C:\> ipconfig /flushdns


In command prompt, type 
C:\> net stop dnscache
C:\> net start dnscache

Once you run the command your Window DNS cache will Clear/flush.

2. To Clear/flush the DNS cache in Linux, you need to restart the nscd daemon.
You need login into the shell of your machine and type
root@support [~]# cd /etc/rc.d/init.d
root@support [/etc/rc.d/init.d]# ./nscd restart

Once you run the command your linux DNS cache will Clear/flush.

To Clear/flush the DNS cache in Mac OS.
In your terminal, type
For Tiger Mac
$ lookupd -flushcache
For Leopard Mac
$ dscacheutil -flushcache

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