How to perform Reverse DNS lookup in Linux?

Reverse DNS lookup is another interesting topic that is not often discussed. As a Linux user, you have several different options to perform it. So, let’s talk a little bit more about it and how you can do it.

Reverse DNS – What is it? 

Reverse DNS or rDNS is a very beneficial service that supplies Reverse DNS zones for your domain name. The Reverse DNS zones are required for storing PTR records which are utilized for verification purposes. For instance, to check the IP address and if it points to the proper hostname.

Linux host command explained

What is the Linux host command?

The Linux Host command is utility software for DNS probing that you get pre-installed on most Linux distros like – Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Red Hat, CentOS, Arch Linux, and more.

Linux Host command can show you different information for the host, its IP addresses, DNS records, and check name servers.

It does not have a graphical interface, but its CLI is enough to display all the information needed. It is a very light and fast tool that can show you information about DNS records like A, AAAA, MX, NS, SOA, and more. You could have already guessed. It can show you information about the host like its IP addresses and more.