If two people buy a particular domain at the same time from different providers, what will happen?

  • This is not possible. – closetnoc Aug 23 '17 at 5:46
  • The first registration attempt to be processed will get it. – Steve Aug 23 '17 at 5:48
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    Depending on the processing of the request, I guess the first provider who makes a formal request to register the domain at the main registrar for that tld, would win the race for his client? – Pit Aug 23 '17 at 5:49
  • I think the OP is talking about requests at the exact same time, however, in the computer world, there is no such thing. – closetnoc Aug 23 '17 at 5:58
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    Computer operate in microseconds, so there is no anything like same time, because human don't do things in microseconds, there is always some gape. Also I agree to pit, may be your domain registrar accept your request to register any domain, but ICANN check who made a first request. So in very minor case, it is also happen that domain registrar allowed to register some domain, but after few days they refuse to accept it, there are some many TOS/Policy can deny your request anytime. – Goyllo Aug 23 '17 at 6:10

If the two requests are made through different registrars, whichever EPP request is processed by the registry first will succeed, and the second one will fail. How this failure is handled will depend on the registrar.

If the two requests are made through the same registrar, the results will depend on the registrar. In practice, the first request should "win", but some registrars may not have tested this case, and weird things may happen.

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  • Had to approve this answer as I experienced this firsthand a few days ago. :D – Kavinda Keshan Rasnayake Aug 30 '17 at 11:57

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