Installing Dig on Windows 8.1

This post will show you how to install Dig (Domain Information Groper) on Windows 8.1. Dig is a DNS (Domain Name System) command that gives you lots more information than NSlookup, but is not installed on Windows by default.

Download from https://www.isc.org/downloads/

Under the BIND heading, click the download button of the “Current-stable” release.

Select current stable version

Select current stable version

 

Select your version (32-bit, 64-bit)

Download options of Dig for Windows

Download options of Dig for Windows

Right click on the download, select “Extract All…” and extract the package to your chosen location

Extract All menu

Extract menu

 

I’ve put it in C:\Program Files

extract files location

extract files location

Depending on where you extract the files, you may have to provide administrator permission (check the “Do this for all current items” check box and click Continue).

Give administrator permission to copy files

Confirm administrator permission to copy files

You can now use Dig via the command line by opening a command prompt, changing directory to where you copied the Dig.exe file and running the Dig command.

 

Running Dig straight from the extracted directory

Running Dig straight from the extracted directory

 

Advanced: adding Dig to your Path

If you would like to run the Dig command from anywhere in the command prompt (and you probably don’t want to always have to go to the the directory to just run the command) you have to add it to your Path.

Be careful when doing this.. you’ve been warned!

Right click on the windows button (usually bottom right of screen) and select “System”

Right click on Windows button (usually bottom right).

Right click on Windows button

 

Or search for “System” and select the result that just says “System”

Search for system and select system

Use the search function to find system

 

Select “Advanced system settings”

System screen, select Advanced System Settings

System

 

Select “Environment Variables…”

System Properties screen, select environment variables

System Properties screen

 

Under “System variables” select Path then “Edit…”

Select "Path" under System Variables

 

Go to the end of the “Variable value” input box, enter a semi colon directly after the last variable value (no space) followed by the path where you extracted your files. In my example, I have entered ;C:\Program Files\BIND9.10.0-P2.x64

Edit system variable, enter a semi colon then the path to the dig.exe

The end of my variable value text box contains:

C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\ATITechnologies\ATI.ACE\CoreStatic;%systemroot%\idmu\common;C:\ProgramFiles\BIND9.10.0-P2.x64

Click “OK” to close all the dialogue boxes.

You have to close your Command Prompt and open a new one for the
Path to be updated.
Tip: to check what’s in your path, type “path” at your command prompt.

You should now be able to run the “dig” command from any location in the command prompt.

Type dig -h at the prompt and you should see the help file.

Dig installed and added to the path variable

Type dig followed by a domain name to view the information.