What's needed to access my VM using hostname.local instead of IP?

May 28, 2018
I have the latest version of Proxmox with a few containers and VMs and was wondering what if required for the other machines (Linux and Mac) to be able to reach these containers and VMs using `hostname.local` instead of using their IPs.

On a Mac, you can tyrpically use the `hostname.local` notation to find other Macs, but with Proxmox this doesn't seam to work out of the box.

I know about DNS etc, but setting up my own DNS server is overkill.

Is this a setting on the Proxmox host or a setting inside each VM / container? I believe this feature is called mDNS, but not sure how to setup and configure.

Can someone help me out here?


Staff member
Apr 12, 2021
No, the PVE can't help you in this case. If you don't want to set up a DNS server, the simplest solution would be to edit your /etc/hosts file (Linux) to include your desired names and corresponding addresses. In Windows and MacOS there is a similar file - just ask your favorite search engine :)
Mar 16, 2019
California, USA
If you want your VM's to participate in the mDNS protocol you need to install it on the VM's. On Debian you would do:

apt install avahi-daemon

I think this is installed by default if you select one of the "desktop" tasks during installation. And of course your firewall has to allow the appropriate ports (sorry, I don't know which ones off the top of my head).

Other Linux distros will typically have a similar package.


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