Re: [VOTE] CoreDNS Project Proposal

Camille Fournier

-1. I think the project has great potential but is too early to be included in the foundation. I would love to see it again once it has gone through a full release cycle and gotten a little bit of adoption.


On Aug 26, 2016 8:09 AM, "Carlos Alonso via cncf-toc" <cncf-toc@...> wrote:

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Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:39 AM
To: Jonathan Boulle <jonathan.boulle@...>, "cncf-toc@..." <cncf-toc@...>
Subject: Re: [cncf-toc] [VOTE] CoreDNS Project Proposal


On Thu, 25 Aug 2016, 05:37 Jonathan Boulle via cncf-toc, <cncf-toc@...> wrote:
Fellow TOC members: 

The CoreDNS team has iterated on their project proposal to a final version after feedback and it's now time to vote.

Proposal is available here and also embedded below.

To kick things off, here's my +1.



Name of project: CoreDNS


CoreDNS is a fast, flexible and modern DNS server. Its performant and flexible implementation allows CoreDNS to be easily extended to support various data sources and to implement rich DNS service behaviors: for example, response caching, query rewrite, load-balancing, zone transfer and signing. CoreDNS is the successor of SkyDNS (, a DNS server that uses etcd as its datastore backend. SkyDNS is widely used in cloud deployments, but lacks the flexibility we envision for CoreDNS.

Sponsor / Advisor from TOC: Jonathan Boulle

Unique Identifier: coredns

License: Apache License v2.0

Source control repositories:

Initial Committers:

  • Miek Gieben github: miekg

  • Michael Richmond github: mrichmon

  • github: splack

  • Felix Cantournet github: fcantournet

  • github: leelynne

  • Matt Layher github: mdlayher

  • Vasily Vailyev github: pixelbender

Infrastructure requirements (CI / CNCF Cluster): N/A

Issue tracker:


Release methodology and mechanics: As a young project, no method for official releases has been established, and no official releases have been made; the current rule is that the master branch is production-ready at all times. A more formal release process is on its way, and may introduce semantic versioning, but a final decision has not yet been made. Precompiled binaries will be distributed by hooking into Caddy’s download website (, where "DNS" will be a Server Type option.

Social media accounts: Twitter: @corednsio

Existing sponsorship: Infoblox contributing developer time to implement CoreDNS→Kubernetes integration component.

Existing community: The community is small, but growing. Current number of Twitter followers is 100+ (after a week of having the Twitter account). By aligning ourselves with the Caddy community, we hope to leverage Caddy’s popularity for CoreDNS. By positioning CoreDNS as a better SkyDNS, we hope to entice existing users of SkyDNS to migrate to and embrace CoreDNS.

External Dependencies

CoreDNS depends on Caddy ( Caddy is a framework that CoreDNS uses in two ways:

  1. much of the CoreDNS code plugs into the framework to add DNS behavior.

  2. CoreDNS provides a wrapper around the framework to provide a DNS-tuned command-line interface.

Go dependencies:

Statement on alignment with CNCF mission:

CoreDNS is a focused, lightweight DNS server. A microservice philosophy guides the internal design of CoreDNS. Individual DNS functions are provided by discrete, composable plugins that are enabled via runtime configuration. CoreDNS can be thought of as a DNS protocol head that can be configured to front various backend data sources. A flexible DNS server is a necessary component to provide “Naming and Discovery” services to containers running in the CNCF distributed system services environment.

Comparison with KubeDNS:

The incumbent DNS service for Kubernetes, “kubedns”, consists of four components: * etcd provides a DNS data cache, * kube2sky provides the mechanism for updating the etcd data cache, * skydns provides the DNS service based on the data cached in etcd, * exechealthz provides health-check status.

Running CoreDNS with Kubernetes requires only the coredns component. CoreDNS does not require a separate data cache or update service. CoreDNS includes an optional health-check “middleware” component that can be used for service monitoring.

CoreDNS provides a cleaner, more extensible codebase as compared to SkyDNS. (Both SkyDNS and CoreDNS were authored primarily by Miek Gieben.)

CoreDNS is currently being extended to operate directly with Kubernetes to access the service data. This “middleware” implementation for CoreDNS provides the same client-facing behavior as KubeDNS. The pipeline-based design of CoreDNS allows easy extension to use any container orchestrator as a DNS data source.

With the Kubernetes middleware, CoreDNS can be considered as an alternative to SkyDNS with lower runtime complexity. Performance testing to compare against SkyDNS is pending.

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