Disable Pi-hole query rate-limiting in a local lab as rate-limited queries get a REFUSED reply and are not further processed by FTL.

Rate limit was introduced in Add per-client rate-limiting #1052 pull request.

Specific rate limit can be defined in /etc/pihole/pihole-FTL.conf configuration file.

By default rate limit is set to allow no more than 1000 queries per 60 seconds.


Hopefully, you can easily disable this limit by using the following RATE_LIMIT value.


This is a good idea in a lab as playing with multiple virtual machines can silently trigger the default query rate limit in a specific workload.

Additional notes

See Pi-hile → Configuration →DNS settings for more information.