Introduction

If you are having trouble trying to update multiple namecheap domains from a single ddclient config: you aren’t alone, and have no fear, there are solutions. If you are interested in the complicated history behind this problem, see this post. Otherwise, the following are to-the-point instructions on how to get it working.

First I’ll cover what the config should look like for updating multiple namecheap domains, then follows install instructions to make sure you have a version of ddclient that allows multiple namecheap domain updates.

Credit goes to Robert Ian Hawdon for his blog post on this subject. All I am really doing is providing a 2019 update to his original work.

The ddclient Config

The config is very similar to what is shown in the official namecheap docs, except for a few details. If you are totally new to ddclient configuration, you may want to read the ddclient docs.

#### Global Settings
# How often to update (seconds)
daemon=600
ssl=yes
use=web
web=dynamicdns.park-your-domain.com/getip
protocol=namecheap
server=dynamicdns.park-your-domain.com

#### domain1.com
login=domain1.com
password='dynamicdns-password-for-domain1'
@.domain1.com

#### domain2.com
login=domain2.com
password='dynamicdns-password-for-domain2'
@.domain2.com, www, blog, mail

The main difference is that we need to fully specify the root domain using @.domain1.com rather than just @. This is because ddclient needs to be able to tell the difference between @.domain1.com and @.domain2.com. If they were both specified as just @, ddclient would only save the latest config instance of the @ (resulting in only updating @.domain2.com).

The above config results in the following updates:

  • domain1.com
  • domain2.com
  • www.domain2.com
  • blog.domain2.com
  • mail.domain2.com

Next we look at two options for installing a version of ddclient that can parse the above config properly. To check what version of ddclient you may already have installed, use the following:

ddclient -help | grep "ddclient version"

Easiest Install Option (3.8.3)

The easiest solution is to simply install ddclient version 3.8.3. If you need a newer version (3.9.0) of ddclient, see the next section.

Ubuntu/Debian users:

If you are running Ubuntu 18.04 you can get ddclient 3.8.3 from the package manager using the following:

sudo apt install ddclient

If you are running Ubuntu 16.04 or older, you can use an install script I created:

  1. Remove your currently installed ddclient (if installed).
    sudo apt remove ddclient
    
  2. Install ddclient 3.8.3.
    wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/icolwell/install_scripts/master/ddclient_install.bash
    bash ddclient_install.bash
    
  3. Edit the config at /etc/ddclient/ddclient.conf.

  4. Restart ddclient.
    sudo service ddclient restart
    

Other distro users:

If you aren’t running Ubuntu, download ddclient 3.8.3 and follow the install instructions in the provided README.md.

Other Install Option (3.9.0)

If you need ddclient 3.9.0, it can be patched to add the parsing support needed for multiple namecheap domains.

Ubuntu/Debian users:

  1. Install ddclient using my install script. It will patch ddclient as required.
    wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/icolwell/install_scripts/master/ddclient_install.bash
    bash ddclient_install.bash -v 3.9.0
    
  2. Edit the config at /etc/ddclient/ddclient.conf.

  3. Restart ddclient:
    sudo service ddclient restart
    

Other distro users:

  1. Download ddclient 3.9.0 and follow the install instructions in the provided README.md.

  2. Download the patch file:
    wget -O /tmp/ddclient.patch https://raw.githubusercontent.com/icolwell/install_scripts/master/ddclient-3.9.0.patch
    
  3. Stop ddclient service using distro service tools.

  4. Apply the ddclient patch:
    cd /usr/sbin
    sudo patch --verbose < /tmp/ddclient.patch
    
  5. Restart ddclient using distro service tools.