Guides - Add Domains

Linode’s DNS Manager is a comprehensive interface within the Linode Cloud Manager that gives you complete oversight of DNS records.

Create a Linode account to try this guide with a $100 credit.
This credit will be applied to any valid services used during your first 60 days.

If you’re new to Linode, or if you’ve just purchased a new domain name, the first step is to add a new domain in the Domains section of the Cloud Manager. If you don’t know what DNS records to add, the DNS Manager can insert some basic records when you create the new domain.

Creating a domain also creates its corresponding domain zone.
  1. From the Domains section, click on Add a Domain. The Create a Domain panel will appear where you can fill out the form fields with your domain’s information.

  2. If you want to add a Secondary zone instead of a primary zone, click the Secondary radio button. If not, you may skip to the next step.

In order for Linode’s DNS servers to function as secondary zones, your DNS primary server must notify and allow AXFR requests from the following IP addresses:
On December 15th, 2020 the IP address was added to replace the deprecated IP address The IP address is no longer used for AXFR requests.
  1. Enter your domain name in the Domain field. An example is shown above.

  2. Enter an administrator’s email address in the SOA Email Address field.

  3. If you are unfamiliar with DNS, the DNS Manager can automatically create some basic DNS records to get you started. To have it insert these records, select Insert default records from one of my Linodes, or Insert default records from one of my NodeBalancers using the Insert Default Records drop-down menu. Then, select a NodeBalancer or Linode from the drop-down menu that appears for the DNS records to be associated with.

    Alternatively, to keep the domain zone empty and prevent the DNS Manager from creating DNS records, select Do not insert default records for me.

  4. Click Create Domain. If you selected the option to have the DNS Manager insert basic DNS records, those records will be visible on the Domains detail page. The created records should include SOA, NS, MX, and A/AAA.

    If you elected to keep the zone empty, you can start adding DNS records now. The Domain detail page will contain an SOA and NS record for the domain. Skip to the Adding DNS Records section for instructions.

This page was originally published on

Your Feedback Is Important

Let us know if this guide made it easy to get the answer you needed.