I find quite confused that nslookup always get result from Server

Does it because Ubuntu uses a local DNS cache by dnsmasq? But I have closed it and flushed my dns cache, then nslookup a host that I have never visited, then the output is still

That makes me quite confused. Can anyone explain this for me? By the way, my DNS server is set to

2 Answers 2


By default Ubuntu does indeed cache DNS entries with Dnsmasq. Dnsmasq does a lookup when a DNS entry is not in its cache, which is why you'll always see the localhost ( IP address when doing a DNS lookup without specifying the nameserver.

In the manpage it's explained as follows:

Dnsmasq accepts DNS queries and either answers them from a small, local, cache or forwards them to a real, recursive, DNS server. It loads the contents of /etc/hosts so that local hostnames which do not appear in the global DNS can be resolved and also answers DNS queries for DHCP configured hosts.

This behaviour can be overridden by editing /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and changing dns=dnsmasq to #dns=dnsmasq, after which you'll need to restart the network-manager service (sudo service network-manager restart).

More information can be found in the community documentation and in the manpage.

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    Thanks for the reply. I haven't realized that it it Dnsmasq does a lookup when a DNS entry is not in cache. Thanks a lot! Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 3:49
  • what to do if there is already no dns=dnsmasq line? Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 23:50
  • @DouglasGaskell: this answer is outdated: I believe Ubuntu switched to systemd-resolved in version 17.04. See: askubuntu.com/questions/907246/…
    – Silke
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 11:19

check if

cat /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf






hash(#) out dns=dnsmasq

save the file and restart networking.

If you don’t want a local resolver you can turn it off DNSMASQ using the following procedure

You need to edit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf file

gksudo gedit /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

and comment out the following line from




Save and exit the file

Now you need to network-manager using the following command

sudo restart network-manager

Ref: http://www.stgraber.org/2012/02/24/dns-in-ubuntu-12-04/

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