Hetzner DNS Console

Configuration

To use this provider, add an entry to creds.json with TYPE set to HETZNER along with a Hetzner API Key.
Example:
creds.json
{
"hetzner": {
"TYPE": "HETZNER",
"api_key": "your-api-key"
}
}

Metadata

This provider does not recognize any special metadata fields unique to Hetzner DNS Console.

Usage

An example configuration:
dnsconfig.js
var REG_NONE = NewRegistrar("none");
var DSP_HETZNER = NewDnsProvider("hetzner");
​
D("example.tld", REG_NONE, DnsProvider(DSP_HETZNER),
A("test", "1.2.3.4")
);

Activation

Create a new API Key in the Hetzner DNS Console.

Caveats

CAA

As of June 2022, the Hetzner DNS Console API does not accept spaces in CAA records.
0 issue "letsencrypt.org; validationmethods=dns-01; accounturi=https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/acme/acct/1234"
Removing the spaces might still work for any consumer of the record.
0 issue "letsencrypt.org;validationmethods=dns-01;accounturi=https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/acme/acct/1234"

SOA

Hetzner DNS Console does not allow changing the SOA record via their API. There is an alternative method using an import of a full BIND file, but this approach does not play nice with incremental changes or ignored records. At this time you cannot update SOA records via DNSControl.

Rate Limiting

Hetzner is rate limiting requests in multiple tiers: per Hour, per Minute and per Second.
Depending on how many requests you are planning to perform, you can adjust the delay between requests in order to stay within your quota.
The setting optimize_for_rate_limit_quota controls this behavior and accepts a case-insensitive value of
  • Hour
  • Minute
  • Second
The default for optimize_for_rate_limit_quota is Second.
Example: Your per minute quota is 60 requests and in your settings you specified Minute. DNSControl will perform at most one request per second. DNSControl will emit a warning in case it breaches the next quota.
In your creds.json for all HETZNER provider entries:
creds.json
{
"hetzner": {
"TYPE": "HETZNER",
"api_key": "your-api-key",
"optimize_for_rate_limit_quota": "Minute"
}
}
Every response from the Hetzner DNS Console API includes your limits:
curl --silent --include \
--header 'Auth-API-Token: ...' \
https://dns.hetzner.com/api/v1/zones \
| grep x-ratelimit-limit
x-ratelimit-limit-second: 3
x-ratelimit-limit-minute: 42
x-ratelimit-limit-hour: 1337
Every DNSControl invocation starts from scratch in regard to rate-limiting. In case you are frequently invoking DNSControl, you will likely hit a limit for any first request. You can either use an out-of-bound delay (e.g. $ sleep 1), or specify start_with_default_rate_limit in the settings of the provider. With start_with_default_rate_limit DNSControl uses a quota equivalent to x-ratelimit-limit-second: 1 until it could parse the actual quota from an API response.
In your creds.json for all HETZNER provider entries:
creds.json
{
"hetzner": {
"TYPE": "HETZNER",
"api_key": "your-api-key",
"start_with_default_rate_limit": "true"
}
}