Whois servers list

An overview is given for all whois servers (port 43) which provide information about registered top level domains. The following groups of top-level domains can be distinguished:
  • Generic top level domains gTLD (for example: .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, .org, .pro)
  • Country code top level domains ccTLD (for example: .nl, .de, .it, etc.)
  • Sponsored top level domains sTLD (for example: .aero, .asia, .cat, .coop, .edu, .gov, .int, .jobs, .mil, .mobi, .museum, .tel, .travel)
  • Infrastructure top level domain (for example: .arpa)
To display information about a registered domain you can use the online whois service or if you want to get this information yourself on a Windows environment you first need to download and unzip the whois tool. Download whois tool from: http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/Whois.zip

After the tool is unzipped, type:
whois domainname [whois.server]

For example:
whois google.nl

The domain name can be either a DNS name (e.g. google.nl) or an IP address (e.g. ICANN IANA NRO AfriNIC APNIC ARIN LACNIC RIPE ARIN LACNIC RIPE AfriNIC APNIC ICANN, IANA and RIR.

Quick guides

Whois servers list

Top level domainCountry / descriptionwhois serverRegional Internet RegistriesDomain name registrar
ad Andorra whois.ripe.net RIPE -
ae United Arab Emirates whois.aeda.net.ae RIPE -
aero Air-transport industry whois.aero ICANN Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques SC
af Afghanistan whois.nic.af APNIC -
ag Antigua and Barbuda whois2.afilias-grs.net
ai Anguilla whois.ai ARIN -
al Albania whois.ai RIPE -
am Armenia whois.amnic.net RIPE -
an Netherlands Antilles - LACNIC -
ao Angola - AfriNIC -
aq Antarctica - ARIN -
ar Argentina - LACNIC -
arpa Operationally-critical infrastructural identifier spaces whois.iana.org ICANN IANA
as American Samoa whois.nic.as APNIC -
asia Pan-Asia and Asia Pacific community whois.dotasia.net
ICANN DotAsia Organisation
at Austria whois.nic.at RIPE -
au Australia whois.ausregistry.net APNIC -
aw Aruba - LACNIC -
ax Aland Islands - RIPE -
az Azerbaijan whois.ripe.net RIPE -
ba Bosnia and Herzegovina whois.ripe.net RIPE -
bb Barbados - ARIN -
bd Bangladesh - APNIC -
be Belgium whois.dns.be RIPE -
bf Burkina Faso - AfriNIC -
bg Bulgaria www.register.bg
bh Bahrain - RIPE -
bi Burundi - AfriNIC -
biz Business Organizations whois.biz ICANN NeuStar, Inc
bj Benin whois.nic.bj AfriNIC -
bl Saint Barthelemy - ARIN -
bm Bermuda - ARIN -
bn Brunei Darussalam - APNIC -
bo Bolivia whois.nic.bo LACNIC -
br Brazil whois.nic.br LACNIC -
bs Bahamas - ARIN -
bt Bhutan - APNIC -
bv Bouvet Island - ARIN -
bw Botswana - AfriNIC -
by Belarus whois.cctld.by RIPE -
bz Belize bzwhois.verisign-grs.co LACNIC -
ca Canada whois.cira.ca ARIN -
cat Catalan linguistic and cultural community whois.cat ICANN Fundació puntCa
cc Cocos (Keeling) Islands ccwhois.verisign-grs.com APNIC -
cd Congo, The Democratic Republic of the - AfriNIC -
cf Central African Republic - AfriNIC -
cg Congo - AfriNIC -
ch Switzerland whois.nic.ch RIPE -
ci Cote d'Ivoire whois.nic.ci AfriNIC -
ck Cook Islands whois.ck-nic.org.ck APNIC -
cl Chile nic.cl
cm Cameroon - AfriNIC -
cn China whois.cnnic.net.cn APNIC -
co Colombia - LACNIC -
com Commercial whois.verisign-grs.com
ICANN Verisign Global Registry Services
coop Co-Operative Organizations whois.nic.coop ICANN Dot Cooperation LLC
cr Costa Rica - LACNIC -
cu Cuba - LACNIC -
cv Cape Verde - AfriNIC -
cx Christmas Island whois.nic.cx APNIC -
cy Cyprus whois.ripe.net RIPE -
cz Czech Republic whois.nic.cz RIPE -
de Germany whois.denic.de RIPE -
dj Djibouti - AfriNIC -
dk Denmark vocal.dk-hostmaster.dk
dm Dominica whois.nic.dm ARIN -
do Dominican Republic ns.nic.do LACNIC -
dz Algeria - AfriNIC -
ec Ecuador whois.nic.ec LACNIC -
edu Education whois.educause.net
ICANN Educause
ee Estonia myristaja.eenet.ee
eg Egypt whois.ripe.net AfriNIC -
eh Western Sahara - AfriNIC -
er Eritrea - AfriNIC -
es Spain whois.ripe.net RIPE -
et Ethiopia - AfriNIC -
eu European Union whois.eu RIPE -
fi Finland whois.ficora.fi RIPE -
fj Fiji - APNIC -
fk Falkland Islands (Malvinas) - LACNIC -
fm Micronesia, Federated States of - APNIC -
fo Faroe Islands whois.ripe.net RIPE -
fr France whois.nic.fr RIPE -
ga Gabon whois.ripe.net AfriNIC -
gb United Kingdom whois.ripe.net RIPE -
gd Grenada whois.adamsnames.com ARIN -
ge Georgia whois.ripe.net RIPE -
gf French Guiana - LACNIC -
gg Guernsey whois.gg RIPE -
gh Ghana - AfriNIC -
gi Gibraltar whois2.afilias-grs.net RIPE -
gl Greenland whois.ripe.net RIPE -
gm Gambia whois.ripe.net AfriNIC -
gn Guinea - AfriNIC -
gov United States Government whois.dotgov.gov ARIN -
gp Guadeloupe - ARIN -
gq Equatorial Guinea - AfriNIC -
gr Greece whois.ripe.net RIPE -
gs South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands whois.cocca.cx
gt Guatemala - LACNIC -
gu Guam - APNIC -
gw Guinea-Bissau - AfriNIC -
gy Guyana whois.registry.gy LACNIC -
hk Hong Kong whois.hkdnr.net.hk
hm Heard Island and McDonald Islands webhost1.capital.hm ARIN -
hn Honduras whois2.afilias-grs.net LACNIC -
hr Croatia whois.ripe.net RIPE -
ht Haiti whois.nic.ht LACNIC -
hu Hungary whois.nic.hu RIPE -
id Indonesia - APNIC -
ie Ireland whois.domainregistry.ie RIPE -
il Israel register.isoc.org.il
im Isle of Man whois.nic.im RIPE -
in India whois.inregistry.net APNIC -
info Open TLD whois.afilias.net ICANN Afilias Limited
int International Organizations whois.iana.org ICANN IANA
io British Indian Ocean Territory whois.nic.io APNIC -
iq Iraq - RIPE -
ir Iran, Islamic Republic of whois.nic.ir RIPE -
is Iceland min.isnic.is
it Italy whois.nic.it RIPE -
je Jersey whois.je RIPE -
jm Jamaica - ARIN -
jo Jordan whois.ripe.net RIPE -
jobs Jobs jobswhois.verisign-grs.com ICANN EmployMedia LLC
jp Japan whois.jprs.jp APNIC -
ke Kenya whois.kenic.or.ke AfriNIC -
kg Kyrgyzstan whois.domain.kg RIPE -
kh Cambodia - APNIC -
ki Kiribati whois.nic.ki APNIC -
km Comoros - AfriNIC -
kn Saint Kitts and Nevis - ARIN -
kp Korea, Democratic People's Republic ofwhois.kcce.kp APNIC -
kr Korea, Republic of whois.krnic.net
kw Kuwait - RIPE -
ky Cayman Islands - ARIN -
kz Kazakhstan whois.nic.kz RIPE -
la Lao People's Democratic Republic whois.nic.la APNIC -
lb Lebanon - RIPE -
lc Saint Lucia - ARIN -
li Liechtenstein whois.nic.ch
lk Sri Lanka - APNIC -
lr Liberia - AfriNIC -
ls Lesotho - AfriNIC -
lt Lithuania www.whois.lt
lu Luxembourg whois.dns.lu RIPE -
lv Latvia whois.ripe.net
ly Libyan Arab Jamahiriya whois.nic.ly AfriNIC -
ma Morocco whois.iam.net.ma AfriNIC -
mc Monaco whois.ripe.net RIPE -
md Moldova, Republic of whois.nic.md RIPE -
me Montenegro whois.meregistry.net RIPE -
mf Saint Martin - ARIN -
mg Madagascar whois.nic.mg AfriNIC -
mh Marshall Islands - APNIC -
mil United States Military - ARIN Defense Information Systems Agency
mk Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of whois.ripe.net RIPE -
ml Mali - AfriNIC -
mm Myanmar - APNIC -
mn Mongolia whois.nic.mn APNIC -
mo Macao - APNIC -
mobi Mobile products and serviceswhois.dotmobiregistry.net ICANN mTLD Top Level Domain, Ltd
mp Northern Mariana Islands - APNIC -
mq Martinique - ARIN -
mr Mauritania - AfriNIC -
ms Montserrat whois.nic.ms ARIN -
mt Malta whois.ripe.net RIPE -
mu Mauritius whois.nic.mu AfriNIC -
museum Museums whois.museum ICANN Museum Domain Management Association
mv Maldives - APNIC -
mw Malawi - AfriNIC -
mx Mexico whois.nic.mx LACNIC -
my Malaysia whois.mynic.net.my APNIC -
mz Mozambique - AfriNIC -
na Namibia whois.na-nic.com.na AfriNIC -
name Reserved for individuals whois.nic.name ICANN Global Name Registry
nc New Caledonia - APNIC -
ne Niger - AfriNIC -
net Networks whois.verisign-grs.com ICANN Verisign Global Registry Services
nf Norfolk Island - APNIC -
ng Nigeria - AfriNIC -
ni Nicaragua - LACNIC -
nl Netherlands whois.domain-registry.nl RIPE -
no Norway whois.norid.no RIPE -
np Nepal - APNIC -
nr Nauru - APNIC -
nu Niue whois.worldnames.net
nz New Zealand srs-ak.srs.net.nz
om Oman - RIPE -
org Organizations whois.publicinterestregistry.net ICANN Public Interest Registry
pa Panama - LACNIC -
pe Peru kero.yachay.pe LACNIC -
pf French Polynesia - APNIC -
pg Papua New Guinea - APNIC -
ph Philippines - APNIC -
pk Pakistan - APNIC -
pl Poland whois.dns.pl RIPE -
pm Saint Pierre and Miquelon whois.nic.pm ARIN -
pn Pitcairn - APNIC -
pr Puerto Rico whois.nic.pr ARIN -
pro Credentialed professionals and related entities whois.registrypro.pro ICANN RegistryPro
ps Palestinian Territory, Occupied - RIPE -
pt Portugal hercules.dns.pt
pw Palau - APNIC -
py Paraguay - LACNIC -
qa Qatar - RIPE -
re Reunion whois.nic.fr
ro Romania whois.rotld.ro RIPE -
rs Serbia whois.rnids.rs RIPE -
ru Russian Federation whois.ripn.net RIPE -
rw Rwanda - AfriNIC -
sa Saudi Arabia nic.net.sa
sb Solomon Islands whois.nic.net.sb APNIC -
sc Seychelles whois2.afilias-grs.net AfriNIC -
sd Sudan - AfriNIC -
se Sweden whois01.prod.iis.se
sg Singapore eos.nic.net.sg
sh Saint Helena whois.nic.sh ARIN -
si Slovenia whois.arnes.si RIPE -
sj Svalbard and Jan Mayen - RIPE -
sk Slovakia whois.sk-nic.sk RIPE -
sl Sierra Leone - AfriNIC -
sm San Marino whois.ripe.net RIPE -
sn Senegal whois.nic.sn AfriNIC -
so Somalia whois.nic.so AfriNIC -
sr Suriname - LACNIC -
st Sao Tome and Principe whois.nic.st AfriNIC -
su Soviet Union (being phased out) whois.ripn.net RIPE RIPN
sv El Salvador - LACNIC -
sy Syrian Arab Republic - RIPE -
sz Swaziland - AfriNIC -
tc Turks and Caicos Islands whois.adamsnames.tc ARIN -
td Chad - AfriNIC -
tel Businesses and individuals to publish their contact data whois-tel.neustar.biz
ICANN Telnic Limited
tf French Southern Territories whois.nic.fr
tg Togo - AfriNIC -
th Thailand whois.thnic.net APNIC -
tj Tajikistan - RIPE -
tk Tokelau whois.dot.tk APNIC -
tl Timor-Leste whois.nic.tl APNIC -
tm Turkmenistan whois.nic.tm RIPE -
tn Tunisia whois.ripe.net AfriNIC -
to Tonga whois.tonic.to APNIC -
tp Portuguese Timor (being phased out) - APNIC www.nic.tp
tr Turkey www.nic.tr
travel Travel industry whois.nic.travel ICANN Tralliance Corporation
tt Trinidad and Tobago - LACNIC -
tv Tuvalu tvwhois.verisign-grs.com APNIC -
tw Taiwan whois.twnic.net
tz Tanzania, United Republic of - AfriNIC -
ua Ukraine whois.net.ua RIPE -
ug Uganda whois.co.ug AfriNIC -
uk United Kingdom whois.nic.uk RIPE Nominet
um United States Minor Outlying Islands - ARIN -
us United States whois.nic.us ARIN -
uy Uruguay whois.nic.org.uy LACNIC -
uz Uzbekistan whois.cctld.uz RIPE -
va Holy See (Vatican City State) whois.ripe.net RIPE -
vc Saint Vincent and the Grenadines whois2.afilias-grs.net ARIN -
ve Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of whois.nic.ve LACNIC -
vg Virgin Islands, British whois.adamsnames.tc ARIN -
vi Virgin Islands, U.S. - ARIN -
vn Viet Nam - APNIC -
vu Vanuatu - APNIC -
wf Wallis and Futuna whois.nic.wf APNIC -
ws Samoa whois.worldsite.ws
ye Yemen - RIPE -
yt Mayotte whois.nic.yt APNIC -
yu Yugoslavia (being phased out) whois.ripe.net RIPE RNIDS
za South Africa - AfriNIC -
zm Zambia - AfriNIC -
zw Zimbabwe - AfriNIC -