Python Cloudflare DNS A record update example

This script updates a DNS A record (IPv4 address) using the Cloudflare Python API. It expects the A record to be present already.

Also see Python Cloudflare DNS A record create or update example for a variant of this script which creates the record if it doesn’t exist already.

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import CloudFlare
import argparse
import sys

if __name__ == "__main__":
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
    parser.add_argument("-e", "--email", required=True, help="The Cloudflare login email to use")
    parser.add_argument("-n", "--hostname", required=True, help="The hostname to update, e.g.")
    parser.add_argument("-k", "--api-key", required=True, help="The Cloudflare global API key to use. NOTE: Domain-specific API tokens will NOT work!")
    parser.add_argument("-i", "--ip-address", required=True, help="Which IP address to update the record to")
    parser.add_argument("-t", "--ttl", default=60, type=int, help="The TTL of the records in seconds (or 1 for auto)")
    args = parser.parse_args()

    # Initialize Cloudflare API client
    cf = CloudFlare.CloudFlare(,
    # Get zone ID (for the domain). This is why we need the API key and the domain API token won't be sufficient
    zone = ".".join(args.hostname.split(".")[-2:]) # domain = => zone =
    zones = cf.zones.get(params={"name": zone})
    if len(zones) == 0:
        print(f"Could not find CloudFlare zone {zone}, please check domain {args.hostname}")
    zone_id = zones[0]["id"]

    # Fetch existing A record
    a_record = cf.zones.dns_records.get(zone_id, params={"name": args.hostname, "type": "A"})[0]

    # Update record & save to cloudflare
    a_record["ttl"] = args.ttl # 1 == auto
    a_record["content"] = args.ip_address
    cf.zones.dns_records.put(zone_id, a_record["id"], data=a_record)

Usage example:

./ --api-key ... --email --ttl 300 --ip --hostname