Whois Domain Lookup
Learn more about the name behind the domain
For other TLDs however, you should go through the registry responsible for that particular domain. For example, queries about .org domains should be directed to the Public Interest Registry, while Whois domain searches for .info should be done via Afilias Limited. By going straight to the registrar, you will receive technical data such as the nameserver being used, which means you can determine which provider the domain is registered with.
If you would like to request data about a domain directly from a special registry, select the respective partner on our registrar page.
There are however some notable exceptions. For instance, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May 2018, means that the personal data of domain owners based in the EU can no longer be published. As a result, if the domain you’re searching for is owned by an individual or organization in the EU, their contact details may not be visible. In addition, US-based domain owners can also use a proxy or a domain privacy service to hide their personal contact details.
In such cases, contact must be established via the registrar, who can forward your request to the domain owner. You may wish to do this to inquire about technical issues or to report the possible misuse of a domain name.
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How does the Whois domain lookup work?
The registrars that administer the various domain extensions each maintain their own Whois databases. For example, the previously mentioned Public Interest Registry administers a Whois database for .org domains.
Whois search details
Note that contacting the registry directly may be best in some cases — such as the Public Interest Registry for .org domains.
For instance, as the registry for the .info TLD, Afilias Limited determines what information is listed in the Whois database for those domains.
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