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I know hot to block single tumblr blog with something.tumblr.com

but I want to block entire tumblr. I tried tumblr.com but it's not working.

Is there a way to do this?

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Install dnsmasq:

sudo apt-get install dnsmasq

Then in /etc/dnsmasq.conf (which you may have to create) add the line:


This will block tumblr.com and all of its subdomains by redirecting it to localhost (

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Smart and simple way. –  Luis Alvarado Jun 13 '12 at 4:29
Note this won't do anything unless you also set up your connection to use localhost/dnsmasq for name resolution. –  izx Jun 13 '12 at 5:45
and how do you setup connection to use dnsmasq? do you have any link? –  user1079002 Jun 14 '12 at 22:22
@user1079002 Connection setup can be found in this link help.ubuntu.com/community/Dnsmasq –  Nonymous NT Aug 3 '13 at 6:42

The /etc/hosts file does NOT support wildcard subdomains. i.e. you can't say *.tumblr.com and have it block all URLs of the form something.tumblr.com.

If you want to block these at the browser level, you can either use a plugin or better, a filtering proxy like Privoxy.

If you want to block these at the network level, so that no one on that computer can access the sites, you need a simple firewall rule to block something.tumblr.com's IP range, which at first glance appears to be, i.e.

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Looking at and taking the IP address you entered as literal, you are typing it wrong. Instead of it should be

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