How to use dig command in Kali Linux [Tutorial]

How to use dig command in Kali Linux

What is dig command?

The ‘dig command‘ is used in network administration that check and lookup domain name server (DNS) It is dnssec and the part of information gathering.

Well further can’t be discussed much until I give you the definition of name servers….until then everything I say will be moot.

What is domain name server?

A name servers is a software and hardware server that provides provides a network service present at the application layer of the OSI model response  the queries against a directory service. The server component of the domain name system is the perfect example of that. Its job is to translate the ip address from the domain names provided.

So, bottom line dig is the shorthand of domain information groper (dig command), it uses DNS (Domain servers) lookups and gropes the information from the name servers.Why didn’t they use grabber is beyond me!!

So now the usage of this command in

Usage of the dig command.

First on the terminal use the command

dig -h

This command would show all the options used in dig

dig 1


In the similar way many of the given commands can be used. For eg, lets use authority now.

dig authority

dig 2


in the above command, the result indicates that the authoritative search went from ns2->ns1->ns4->ns3, that means name server 2 have more authority over the search according to the context of the domain name over name server 1.

Now lets fool around with some other commands

dig nssearch  **searches for name servers**dig 3


dig additional **controls all additional queries **dig 4

dig nsid ** searches for the name servers ID**

dig 5

Similarly , there are other options that can be used for several other purposes. Here we go folks yet another command prominent in information gathering.


MODULE 4:- Information Gathering

  1. How to use dnsenum for dns enumeration – Kali
  1. How to use dig command in Kali Linux
  1. whois Kali Linux commands with example
  1. Enumerating DNS Records through dnsenum tool in Kali Linux
  1. Email Harvesting by theharvester tool in Kali Linux
  1. Google Hacking | Open Web Information Gathering
  1. dnsmap | DNS Domain name system brute force attacks
  1. Zone Transfer using dnswalk tool
  1. Website information Gathering through Nikto tool
  1. Search Senstive Data through Metagoofil Kali Linux 2.0
  1. 8 Steps to run Maltego Kali Linux – beginner guide