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How to check DNS cache status in Mac OS X

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As a follow-up to How to Flush DNS Cache in Mac OS X I have received a question:

how do I know if it worked? In other words, is there a way to check if the DNS cache is cleared?

To see the DNS cache status you may run
sudo killall -INFO mDNSResponder

Thus the SIGINFO signal will dump a snapshot summary of the DNS internal state to

Voilà :-)


How to Flush DNS Cache in Mac OS X

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After upgrading to 10.8.2 I have got a problem with adding a new entry into hosts file: the update was recognised only after system restart. But a more easy solution was just to flash DNS cache! So,

... flushing your DNS cache in Mac OS X is actually really easy, and there are two different commands to use, one for Leopard and for Tiger. Depending on your version of OS X, open your Terminal and follow the appropriate directions below:

Flushing DNS Cache in OS X Lion (10.7) and OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)

Launch Terminal and enter the following command, you will need to enter an administrative password:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Note the dscacheutil still exists in 10.7 and 10.8, but the official method to clear out DNS caches is through killing mDNSResponder. You can also find that process running in Activity Monitor.

Flush DNS Cache in Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6

Launch Terminal and issue the following command:
dscacheutil -flushcache

All done, your DNS has been flushed. On a side note, the dscacheutil is interesting in general and worth taking a look at, try the -statistics flag instead for some stats.

Flush your DNS Cache in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Type the following command in the Terminal:
lookupd -flushcache

That’s it - now your DNS settings should be as you intended them to be :-)

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