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I am attempting to obtain the registry records of a .name domain - I have tried using to obtain details of whom has registered this practical domain and when was it created and when will it expire however when using this whois checker I do not get any results.

How can you get the whois information from .name domains.

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You're find the problem is with the whois checker your using, no all online whois checkers work with all domain types so its a matter of finding one that does.

I can confirm that both GoDaddy's Whois Checker and Verisign's Checker works with the .name domain types.

It's worth mentioning that a lot of sites use 'linux' whois command to query the domain for this information - it seems that .name is not supported using whois within linux as this results display similar to your problem:

Bybe@Megatron:~# whois
Domain Name ID: 2889641DOMAIN-NAME
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited

So again only certain whois checkers will work with the .name extension.

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Verisign operates the .name gTLD.

The official WHOIS service for .name can be found at

Note that second level ( and third level ( domains can be registered.

Trivia: the .name WHOIS service was once requiring fees: Dot-Name Becomes Cybercrime Haven

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The issue is that most whois lookup tools or websites are not sending the correct command the the .NAME whois server (

If you connect to and issue ?, you get these instructions:

  nameserver A4.NSTLD.COM
  nameserver 2809:BC0:6CD:0:0:0:0:9
  registrar Network Solutions Inc.
  det contact 21_CONTACT_NAME-VRSN
  contact T095710112264390

So the correct command to send to the whois server is to send: full , where is replaced with the domain name.

If you were to use the whois command on Linux, then you should execute:

whois -h 'full'

I have taken this into consideration when building my whois lookup tool at .



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