Internet domain name directory service
[ -h host ]
[ keyword ]
The whois command is used to look up records in
the InterNIC registry database. It can provide
information about domains, nameservers, and registrars.
Enter a string to search the database. By default, whois
performs a very broad search, looking in all record types for matches
to your query in these fields: domain name, nameserver name,
nameserver IP address, and registrar names. You can use keywords to
narrow the search.
You can specify only part of the search string to perform a "partial"
search on domain. Every domain starting with the string will be
found. A trailing dot (or dots) after your text or the
pa(rtial) keyword indicates a partial search. For example,
entering mack. will find "Mack", "Mackall", "Mackay",
and so on.
The -h option directs the name directory search to
the database at host. The default is
The following keywords restrict a search to a certain type of
field in the database:
Find a domain record: domain name, registrar name, whois server
and URL, Nameserver name and IP Addresses, and updated date.
whois domain netsol.com
Find nameserver records: nameserver name, registrar name, IP
addresses, Whois Server name and URL. For example:
whois nameserver nameserver.yourinter.net
Find registrar records: Registrar name, mail address, phone number
and contact information. For example:
whois registrar Network Solutions, Inc.
These keywords control the display of search results:
exp(and) or =
Always expand the long display for a single match to
include all the subdisplays.
Never show subdisplays. This is the opposite of = or
Full or =
Gives long display for every matching record.
Always show a summary line for each match, even if there is
The help keyword produces a detailed message
about searching the database.
RFC 954 specified a server that was intended to
deliver name and contact information for Defense Department
Network (DDN) users who were registered in the DDN Network
Information Center (NIC) database. RFC 1400 describes
the transition of registration services to the InterNIC
(http://www.internic.net). Although whois
previously provided user information, it now provides
domain name information only.
whois is conformant with RFC 954
and RFC 1400.
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003