dig is the standard tool for advanced DNS queries. A Windows version is available as part of the BIND port. To install it on Windows:
2) Download BIND9.5.0-P2.zip
3) Open the archive with WinZip
4) Extract dig.exe and *.dll to c:\windows\system32
5) If you want the documentation page, extract dig.html to somewhere that you can find it.
Now you will be able to use dig from your command prompt in Windows. It is faster and more sophisticated than nslookup.
Get the quick help options with "dig -h".
Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for; I was getting tired of having to switch to another OS just to use dig.
What Adam said. Thanks!
Started with cygwin first then decided to google it and found you! Thank you!
Thank you very much .. dig on windows was what I was looking for testing my DNS implementation.
Awesome, thanks for the tip!
Thanks, works exactly as you instructed.
I know this is an old post, but just wanted to post that not all the dll files are needed; only:
Thanks a ton it is a good support, now to install dig for windows is definitely simple and easy with the help of your recommendation. Thank you
Cheers - this works nicely.
My only comment would be for users to create a folder like c:\users\username\scripts and copy the program there instead, as this is a bit easier to track than copying it to the default Windows path. You would need to add the above path to your Windows path variable.
First and foremost congratulations to these remarks, just as lucid and informative. However, 2 or 3 points would have deserved more development, especially in the conclusion. It's just a way to say I'm eager to discover the next post
The latest release of BIND9 (and DiG) for windows appears to be 9.9.3P2, but this might be pointless, as the DiG code hasn't changed since 2011 as version 1.284. You can also copy the man.1 page from here to Cygwin root directory\usr\man\man1 (it's on a mirror site but not on ftp.isc.org for some reason)
If anyone's running windows 8.1, same process works, just copy the files to %ROOT%\Windows\SysWOW64
same thing for Windows 7
Yes, copy the files to the SysWOW64 folder, when I only copied the files to Windows\System32 I got an error saying the libisc.dll library was not found when I ran the command "dig -h". Thanks to James for the info.
it is not working for me
Error:- The program can't start because libisc.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.
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