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An AWS (Route53)-based dynamic DNS client.

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A low-cost, dynamic-DNS client using Amazon’s Route53 (currently $.50/zone).

Based on code from How and why I’m not running my own DNS.


Use PyPI:

$ sudo pip install awsdd


You must already have an A-record for your domain name in the Route53 zone. In order to be able to remove the record, prior to creating a new one (if the IP has changed), we need to know the TTL value of the current record, which is used by the boto library to identify the current record.

If you see the following error, it might mean that the TTL disagreed from our default:

boto.route53.exception.DNSServerError: DNSServerError: 400 Bad Request
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<ErrorResponse xmlns=""><Error><Type>Sender</Type><Code>InvalidChangeBatch</Code><Message>Tried to delete resource record set [name='', type='A'] but the values provided do not match the current values</Message></Error><RequestId>be44faea-f41c-11e3-a846-5921f19aa715</RequestId></ErrorResponse>

In this case, try looking-up your current TTL value in the Route53 console, and setting it into the ADD_OLD_TTL environment variable.


awsdd needs your AWS API credentials, the zone-ID, and the domain name that you’re updating. All of these things can either be defined as environment variables or passed as command-line parameters. Our convention is to provide the AWS credentials via the environment (which is common), and pass the rest as parameters.

The command-line parameters can be found via command-line help. The supported environment variables are these, and shouldn’t need an explanation:






It’s straight-forward. Just pass it the right information:



There are a lot of different ways to choose how to get the configuration values into awsdd and some people might also have different preferences for how often it runs. So, we leave it to the user to schedule it into Cron.

For your convenience, this is an example of such a job, which updates every four hours:

0 */4 * * * /usr/local/bin/add_update -d <domain name> -z <zone ID> -a <access key> -s <secret key>


By setting the DEBUG environment variable to “1”, you’ll get some more verbosity:

2014-06-14 19:46:47,057 - - DEBUG - Updating DNS for domain [ddd.eee].
2014-06-14 19:46:47,057 - - DEBUG - Fetching current IP.
2014-06-14 19:46:47,077 - requests.packages.urllib3.connectionpool - INFO - Starting new HTTP connection (1):
2014-06-14 19:46:47,281 - requests.packages.urllib3.connectionpool - DEBUG - "GET /text HTTP/1.1" 200 13
2014-06-14 19:46:47,281 - - DEBUG - Current IP: []
2014-06-14 19:46:47,581 - - DEBUG - Current DNS value: []
2014-06-14 19:46:47,716 - - INFO - IP update complete.

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