Pihole On-top of UDM Pro

There's no reason to buy a Raspberry Pi 4b if you're already leveraging a UDM Pro. Here are some concise steps on how to block ads on your network with pihole's DNS-level ad blocker ontop of UDM Pro.

Pihole On-top of UDM Pro
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Here are some concise steps on how to step-by-step block ads on your network with pihole's DNS-level ad blocker.

Enabling SSH on UDM Pro

  1. Go to or wherever you're hosting your UDM Pro
  2. Within "settings" cog, click on "system" tab
  3. Click "enabled" on SSH near the bottom
  4. Leverage "change password" button if you don't remember it

Log Into SSH & Get Unifi-OS Scripts

  1. Open Terminal and ssh root@ -o HostKeyAlgorithms=+ssh-rsa
  2. Jump into Unifi shell with unifi-os shell
  3. Download package curl -L https://udm-boot.boostchicken.dev -o udm-boot.deb
  4. Install package dpkg -i udm-boot.deb
  5. Enable boot script with systemctl enable udm-boot
  6. Leave Unifi shell but stay within ssh with exit

Create Network Within UDM Web GUI

Create a pihole network with the following settings:

  • Host address (I used
  • Netmask 24
  • VLAN ID (I used 8, just make sure it's a new one for you)
  • Network Type: Standard
  • Multicast DNS: Enabled
  • DHCP: none (pihole can handle this if you want)
  • IPv6: none

Setup Pihole Pod

  1. download the dns.conflist template curl -L https://github.com/boostchicken-dev/udm-utilities/raw/master/cni-plugins/20-dns.conflist -o /mnt/data/podman/cni/dns.conflist
  2. Open dns.conflist with vim and change "mac" line so last 3 portions are fake hex that would be unique to your network. Change address settings (Mine is and gateway settings (Mine is Change VLAN number such as "master": "br8".
  3. Make sure dns.conflist is executable for podman with chmod +x /mnt/data/podman/cni/dns.conflist
  4. Copy dns.conflist to its read directory so podman network can see it with cp /mnt/data/podman/cni/dns.conflist /etc/cni/net.d/dns.conflist
  5. Validate dns.conflist is configured and working properly with podman network inspect dns
  6. Download the install-sni-plugins script with curl -L https://github.com/unifi-utilities/unifios-utilities/blob/main/cni-plugins/05-install-cni-plugins.sh -o /mnt/data/on_boot.d/05-install-cni-plugins.sh
  7. Add the executable flag to install-sni-plugins script with chmod +x /mnt/data/on_boot.d/05-install-cni-plugins.sh
  8. Execute the install-sni-plugins script with /mnt/data/on_boot.d/05-install-cni-plugins.sh
  9. Download the DNS configuration script with curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/boostchicken-dev/udm-utilities/master/dns-common/on_boot.d/10-dns.sh -o /mnt/data/on_boot.d/10-dns.sh
  10. Make the DNS configuration script executable with chmod +x /mnt/data/on_boot.d/10-dns.sh
  11. Edit the script to change the IPV4_IP and IPV4_GW to reflect the address and gateway IP's used within step number 2
  12. Execute the DNS configuration script with /mnt/data/on_boot.d/10-dns.sh
  13. Create the directory structure for persistent pihole configuration with mkdir -p /mnt/data/etc-pihole and mkdir -p /mnt/data/pihole/etc-dnsmasq.d
  14. Now create and run the pihole docker container with the following command:
podman run -d \
  --network dns \
  --restart always \
  --name pihole \
  -e TZ="America/Chicago" \
  --cap-add=NET_ADMIN \
  -v "/mnt/data/etc-pihole/:/etc/pihole/" \
  -v "/mnt/data/pihole/etc-dnsmasq.d/:/etc/dnsmasq.d/" \
  --dns= \
  --dns= \
  --dns= \
  --hostname pi.hole \
  -e VIRTUAL_HOST="pi.hole" \
  -e PROXY_LOCATION="pi.hole" \
  -e ServerIP="" \
  -e IPv6="False" \

This command tells podman to run a container leveraging the dns network we created, to always restart on crashes, mount the data volumes, primary supplementary and tertiary dns lookup values, default hostname and a variety of typical environment variables.

Last Couple Steps

  1. Now it's a good idea to set your pihole password with podman exec -it pihole pihole -a -p Your$ecretPassw0rd
  2. Update your router to now leverage the local VLAN DNS server. Within the UDM GUI it's under networks > advanced > DHCP Name Server although this has changed numerous times throughout versions of UDM Pro.