dnsmasq: DNS request timed out for machines in local network

Super User Asked by g_ain on December 4, 2020

I have a vagrant machine running on my mac with virtual hosts I want to make available to my local network.
I installed dnsmasq via brew and have the following in its /usr/local/etc/dnsmasq.conf:


so that all URLs ending with * will resolve to

It works partially:

gives me the correct answer:

anton@anton-mbp:~$ dig
; <<>> DiG 9.10.1 <<>>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 54075
;; flags: qr aa rd ra ad; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;         IN  A

;; ANSWER SECTION:      0   IN  A

but when I try to ping that host,

anton@anton-mbp:~$ ping
ping: cannot resolve Unknown host

I added local IP of machine running dnsmasq to dns servers of my router, but other clients in this network don’t get response from it even when I explicitly perform a nslookup:

DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.

What do I do wrong?

One Answer

I'm dumb. dnsmasq was not set up to listen on so I added


to my dnsmasq.conf file so it works now.

Answered by g_ain on December 4, 2020

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