Domain DNS Lookup
With our free DNS Lookup tool, you can instantly look up DNS records for any domain name.
About DNS lookup
DNS lookup is the process of finding out what IP address corresponds to a specific domain name. When you visit a website, your computer does a DNS lookup every time you visit it. You may have also seen this term as "Domain Name System" or just "DNS". The Domain Name System (DNS) is responsible for translating human-readable domain names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are numbers that identify computers on the internet.
The DNS lookup tool provides information about a given website's public DNS record. Our free DNS lookup tool shows you all of the DNS records for a domain name. You can find out what mail servers, name servers, web servers and more are associated with a domain by entering it into this free utility.
It is useful when troubleshooting DNS issues with domains. Those who run DNS servers can use this tool to verify the accuracy of their DNS records.
How to perform a DNS lookup?
A DNS lookup is a process that allows you to find the IP address of a domain name. You can perform this query by typing in its hostname or just its IP address. This tool allows you to do both, but we recommend using it for finding the hostnames because of its ease-of-use and speed. To perform a DNS lookup: Open your browser and type in the url that contains the domain name you want to find out about (For Ex https://www.domnest.com/tools/dns-lookup?domain=google.com). The site will then open up showing all of its records along with their associated values like TTLs and MX records .
Why should I care about DNS lookup?
DNS is a critical part of the internet. It's used to find websites and other online resources, so if you can't find your favourite website or if it takes forever to load (like it did for me), there's most likely something wrong with your dns resolution. This tool will help you check if your records are correct before they expire!
How long does it take for DNS propagation?
DNS propagation is the process of updating the DNS records at all the DNS servers around the world. It takes time depending on whether a change was made in your domain’s zone file, or if you received an update from another server. The amount of time it takes for your site to show up under different browsers can vary greatly depending on the type of change and how many servers need to be updated in order for your site to appear online.
Normally DNS change requires up to 48 hours to propagate worldwide, although most often this happens in a matter of hours.
What is DNS?
DNS stands for “Domain Name System” and it's a system that translates domain names into IP addresses. For example, if you typed in www.google.com on your computer, the browser would look up the website's IP address to find its location on the internet. The same thing happens when you type in www.google.com; the browser contacts DNS servers to get an answer because there isn't one built directly into most browsers or operating systems yet!
There are several different types of DNS records, each with a purpose. Some of these records are used for more than one purpose, but keep in mind that there are some DNS records that have one sole purpose. Here is a list of the different types of DNS records:
- A Record : A record is the most basic type of DNS record. It's simply a single field in the DNS that defines the hostname and IP address. It is usually used to point the root or subdomain to the IPV4 address of the hosting server.
- AAAA Record : The only difference between this record and an A record is that it points the root or subdomain to the IPV6 address of the hosting server.
- CNAME Record : A CNAME record is a type of DNS record that allows you to alias one domain name to another.CNAME records are used when mapping multiple domains together in order for them all to appear on the same IP address without having any duplication of content or data between sites within each subdirectory/subdomain combination.
- NS record : NS records are used to define the name servers for a domain.The NS record for a domain points to the domain's authoritative DNS server, which stores its DNS records.
- MX record : MX (Mail Exchange) records are used to specify the mail server for a domain.
- PTR record : A PTR-record is a type of "pointer" DNS record. It is commonly referred to as a reverse DNS record, and it is what allows others to perform a reverse DNS record lookup because it maps an IP address to a host name.
- SRV record : The SRV record is used to specify a server that provides a specific service. It's not used for the location of an individual host, but rather where you can find all of your services (hosts). This means that if you have several servers running DNS with different IP addresses and ports, then each one will have an individual SRV record associated with it.
- SOA record : The SOA record is a type of DNS record that defines the authoritative name servers for a domain name.It’s used to configure the zone's authoritative servers, primary name servers and any secondary nameservers.
- TXT record : The TXT record is used to store arbitrary text information.
- CAA record :A CAA record is a type of DNS record that specifies which certificate authorities (CAs) can issue certificates for a domain. This prevents domain spoofing, where someone claims to be from a legitimate organization when they're not.
- DNSKEY record : The DNSKEY record is the most important and important record of a zone. It contains the public key for your zone, which allows it to verify that all data in your zone has not been tampered with. If you see this RRset being used, then there is no doubt about who owns this domain or website on the Internet.