Coming Soon To A Pi-hole Near You: FTL

We know the Web interface has been very slow when people’s query logs get too large, so we are here to preview something that addresses this and we are branding it FTL (Faster Than Light) to fit with the theme of Pi-hole and also to indicate how much better it performs over PHP.

This wasn’t much a problem in the early days of Pi-hole because the Web interface was pretty basic and the ad lists were reasonably small.  Now that users can add their own block lists and are using Pi-hole in enterprise environments, the quantity of daily queries people are generating has increased.

The amount of user support requests we see for issues with a slow Web interface has also increased.  To that end, the FTL API was conceived.

Once ready, FTL will help remediate the immediate need for a faster interface.  The second component on the roadmap would be using a database instead of trying to query the entire text of the log file in it’s raw format.

Check out the video below for a speed comparison of PHP vs. our new FTL API.


Pi-hole 2.9.5 Released With Fixes And Two New Features

We’re happy to announce Pi-hole Core 2.9.5.  And thank you for your continued donations.

We made lot’s of fixes and tweaks, which you can find at

If you have any issues updating, there is a known bug in the current version of the update script which is hopefully resovled with this release. See this post on github for help with updating manually. Continue reading “Pi-hole 2.9.5 Released With Fixes And Two New Features”

A Better Place To Discuss Pi-hole

We’re happy to introduce our new forums/FAQs/feature requests/general discussion platform, Discourse.  Our old forums were not very good, so this is a welcomed change.  Head over to (the old forum links now redirect there).

We’ll still be available on Reddit, Twitter, and email, but this will be our go to place for Pi-hole discussion.  We get notified of every post, so we can better assist you when you need us.  We are still a small team so our responses may be a bit slow, but we do our best to respond to everyone. Continue reading “A Better Place To Discuss Pi-hole”

Tips For Accessing Your Pi-hole Remotely

It is possible to use your Pi-hole remotely for ad-blocking on-the-go.  We don’t have a guide on this process for several reasons, which you will read about below.

It’s been challenging to keep up because the project is growing larger then any of us ever imagined.  And because each member of the Pi-hole dev team has a full-time job; we just work on this project in our free time, so it’s your donations that keep us motivated.  Those donations have also allowed us to grow from a team of one, to a team of five.  It’s not enough to live off, but it gives some some incentive to keep trying. Continue reading “Tips For Accessing Your Pi-hole Remotely”