I am attempting to obtain the registry records of a .name domain - I have tried using who.is 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 webspell.name
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.


Verisign operates the .name gTLD.

The official WHOIS service for .name can be found at http://whois.nic.name/.

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

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


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

If you connect to whois.nic.name:43 and issue ?, you get these instructions:

  domain verisign.name
  nameserver A4.NSTLD.COM
  nameserver 2809:BC0:6CD:0:0:0:0:9
  registrar Network Solutions Inc.
   = ibm.name
  fu ibm.name
  full ibm.name
  sum ibm.name
  summary ibm.name
  det contact 21_CONTACT_NAME-VRSN
  contact T095710112264390
  email [email protected]

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

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

whois -h whois.nic.name 'full example.com'

I have taken this into consideration when building my whois lookup tool at https://gwhois.org/ .

Example: https://gwhois.org/google.name


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