BIND 9 Operating System Support
When a new branch of BIND 9 is released, ISC normally tests it to ensure compatibility with the current versions of major operating systems (OSes) at that time. In general, that branch of BIND 9 will support those major operating systems until either that version of BIND 9 or that version of the OS reaches end-of-life (EOL) status.
The table below lists the operating systems supported by the current versions of BIND 9.
🔵 Best effort
❌ Unsupported or does not work
More information on the meaning of each of these legend symbols can be found later in this article.
|OS / Version||BIND 9.11
(EOL: Jan 2022)
(EOL: Jan 2024)
(EOL: Jan 2026)
|OS EOL Date|
|Alpine Linux (latest)||🔵||💚||💚|
|CentOS 6||💚||🟧||❌||May 2016|
|CentOS 7||💚||💚||💚||Aug 2019|
|CentOS 8||🔵||💚||💚||Dec 2021|
|CentOS 8 Stream||🟧||🟧||🟧||May 2024|
|Debian 8||🔵||❌||❌||Jun 2018|
|Debian 8 LTS||🔵||❌||❌||Jun 2020|
|Debian 9||💚||🟧||❌||Jul 2020|
|Debian 9 LTS||💚||🟧||❌||Jun 2022|
|Debian 10||💚||💚||🔵||Jun 2022|
|Debian 10 LTS||💚||💚||🟧||Jun 2024|
|Debian 11||🔵||💚||💚||Jun 2024|
|FreeBSD 11||💚||💚||💚||Sep 2021|
|FreeBSD 12||💚||💚||💚||Sep 2024|
|FreeBSD 13||💚||💚||💚||Jan 2026|
|macOS 11 (Intel)||🔵||🔵||🔵|
|macOS 11 (M1)||🟧||🟧||🟧|
|RHEL 6||💚||🟧||❌||May 2016|
|RHEL 7||💚||💚||💚||Aug 2019|
|RHEL 8||🔵||💚||💚||May 2024|
|Solaris 10||🟧||🟧||❌||Jan 2018|
|Solaris 11||🔵||🔵||🔵||Nov 2031|
|Ubuntu 14.04 LTS||🟧||❌||❌||Apr 2019|
|Ubuntu 16.04 LTS||🔵||🟧||❌||Apr 2021|
|Ubuntu 18.04 LTS||💚||💚||🔵||Apr 2023|
|Ubuntu 20.04 LTS||🔵||💚||💚||Apr 2025|
|Windows Server 2012||🔵||❌||❌||Sep 2018|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||🔵||🟧||❌||Sep 2018|
|Windows Server 2016||💚||🔵||❌||Nov 2022|
|Windows Server 2019||🔵||🟧||❌||Sep 2024|
For BIND 9 branch end-of-life dates, see this article.
Explanation of Legend Symbols
These platforms are regularly tested in our continuous integration (CI) system. In general, this means using the AMD64 and ARM64 CPU architectures.
🔵 Best effort
These are platforms on which BIND is known to build and run. ISC makes every effort to fix bugs on these platforms, but may be unable to do so quickly due to lack of hardware, less familiarity on the part of engineering staff, and other constraints. These may or may not be regularly tested in our CI.
This also includes all the "other" CPU architectures (armhf, i386, MIPS, MIPSel, SPARC, etc.).
These systems are not officially supported or maintained by ISC. They may not have all the required dependencies for building BIND easily available, although it will be possible in many cases to compile those directly from source. The community and interested parties may wish to help with maintenance, and we welcome patch contributions, although we cannot guarantee that we will accept them. All contributions will be assessed against the risk of adverse effect on officially supported platforms.
This includes all platforms past or close to their respective EOL dates.
❌ Unsupported platforms
These are platforms on which BIND is known not to build or run:
- Platforms without at least OpenSSL 1.0.2
- Windows Server 2012 and older
- Platforms that don't support IPv6 Advanced Socket API (RFC 3542)
- Platforms that don't support atomic operations (via compiler or library)
- Linux without Native POSIX Thread Library (NPTL)
- Platforms on which
libuvcannot be compiled
Notes About Specific Platform Support
Debian Long Term Support (LTS) Releases
Any Debian version is officially supported with security updates until one year after the next stable version is released. After the end of official support, the Debian version becomes Debian LTS and is maintained by the LTS team.
Compiling and running already-released BIND 9 versions on Debian LTS versions is not officially supported by ISC, but any regressions in BIND 9 ESV on Debian LTS will be fixed (although with low priority).
New BIND 9 versions will support the latest Debian release, but they may be incompatible with previous Debian releases, especially when the official Debian security support period ends before the BIND 9 version's EOL. However, ISC will not knowingly break compatibility unless justified by other requirements.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Releases
The RHEL lifecycle is comprised of Full Support, Maintenance Support 1, and Maintenance Support 2.
BIND 9 Extended Support Versions (ESVs) will support an RHEL release until the end of Maintenance Support 2 for the already-released version of RHEL, or the BIND 9 version's EOL, whichever comes first.
New BIND 9 versions will support the latest RHEL release, but they may be incompatible with previous RHEL releases, especially when the Full Support period ends before the BIND 9 version's EOL. However, ISC will not knowingly break compatibility unless justified by other requirements.
Ubuntu Interim Releases
At only nine months, Ubuntu interim release lifetimes are too short for any guarantees of support from the BIND 9 team.
Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) Releases
The Ubuntu LTS release cycle includes Hardware and maintenance updates, Maintenance updates, and Extended Security Maintenance (ESM).
BIND 9 ESVs will support an Ubuntu release until the end of the Maintenance updates period for the already-released version of Ubuntu, or the BIND 9 version's EOL, whichever comes first.
Compiling and running already-released BIND 9 versions on Ubuntu ESM versions is not officially supported by ISC, but any regressions in BIND 9 ESV on Ubuntu ESM will be fixed (although with low priority).
New BIND 9 versions will support the latest Ubuntu LTS release, but they may be incompatible with previous Ubuntu LTS releases, especially when the Maintenance updates period ends before the BIND 9 version's EOL. However, ISC will not knowingly break compatibility unless justified by other requirements.
BIND 9's Operating System Requirements
In general, BIND will build and run on any POSIX-compliant system with a C11-compliant C compiler, BSD-style sockets with RFC-compliant IPv6 support, POSIX-compliant threads, the OpenSSL cryptography library, and for 9.17 and later versions, the
nghttp2 HTTP/2 library and the
libuv asynchronous I/O library,
The following C11 features are used in BIND 9:
Atomic operations support from the compiler is needed, either in the form of builtin operations, C11 atomics, or the
Interlockedfamily of functions on Windows.
Thread Local Storage support from the compiler is needed, either in the form of C11
__threadGCC extension, or the
__declspec(thread)MSVC extension on Windows.
BIND 9.17 requires a fairly recent version of
libuv (at least 1.x). For some of the older systems, an updated
libuv package will have to be installed from sources such as EPEL, PPA, or other native sources for updated packages. The other option is to build and install
libuv from source.