Users doing more than 100’000 DNS queries on our free public nameserver infrastructure or reselling our data as part of a commercial service need to get a subscription to download our data and serve it locally.

All details are available in the Self Service function under the “Subscription” tab. If you create an account, you will automatically get a free 30 day subscription to test the service.

You can also contact our reseller MXTools to obtain access to (and other) datafeeds.

How to use

There are two main options on how subscribers can access data: as downloads via rsync, or continue to use DNS queries.

The use of rsync download makes sense if a) the subscriber has the know how and resources to run a local nameserver using the rsync’ed files or b) if the use case requires a local copy of the file (eg for further analysis).

The access through DNS queries for subscribers is more straightforward as it does not require any infrastructure on the side of the subscriber.

rsync Download

Once you are registered and have a valid license, you can use the following command to list all the rsync’able files:


And one of the following (or a variation thereof) to download the files:

rbldnsd: rsync --times* /some/path/
Postfix: rsync --times* /some/path/
BIND: rsync --times* /some/path/
generic: rsync --times* /some/path/
SpamAssassin: rsync --times* /some/path/

The –times is important to ensure that file modification dates are kept unchanged. Please note the different path pattern for the SpamAssassin-formatted files.

The IP addresses from which transfer are to be allowed are specified in the “Subscription” tab of the Self Service. It takes a couple of minutes until IP addresses have been propagated to all of the rsync mirror servers. IP addresses are activated if a valid, paid subscription (or a free trial subscription) is found.

Reputation and trust is built over time. That is the main reason why the data at changes rather slowly (especially when compared to DNS blacklists). It is therefor usually sufficient to run rsync once an hour. We ask you not to run your downloads at the full hour, but at a random minute within an hour.

DNS Queries for Subscribers

This feature is currently in closed beta and is expected to be generally available in June 2017.

In order to use DNS queries, subscribers add the IP addresses of the DNS resolvers who should be allowed to make these queries on the Self Service portal (“Subscription” tab).