DIY Dynamic DNS Using Netlify API

I don't really need to send many calls back to my network at my house when I am away, but when I want to show someone the progress we are making on the family Minecraft Christmas village, it is nice to be able to call to a Mapcrafter server at my house.

This is the current family Minecraft Christmas Village. The image is generated by Mapcrafter using this group of Bash scripts.

Now I don't have a business internet line at my house, so my IP can change theoretically at any time. I have looked at a few services offering Dynamic DNS, however, some didn't fit my needs. Also they all cost money, and my preference would be to not spend any money if I don't have to.

I found some projects on Github that communicate with the Netlify API using an access token to update the domain entry dynamically, however, I had issues with the projects I tried. I wanted to stick to apt for installing software, I didn't want to install Docker, and some of the domain updates were leaving duplicate domain entries. Since I've been playing with my Plex Media Server, I've been on a Bash script kick, so I figured I would try to create a Bash script for this I could run through cron.

The main tool for this job, other than Bash and the Netlify API, is jq. It is a lightweight command-line tool for handling everything JSON-related. This script requires jq is installed, but shouldn't have any other dependencies. If you try it out, let me know what you think.


  1. Worked perfectly first time! Thanks very much :)

    1. Awesome! Glad to hear it is working for you! :)

  2. jq is awesome! Hard for me to grasp, but awesome!


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