whatsmydns.net - DNS Propagation Checker
San Jose CA, United States
Corporate West
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Holtsville NY, United States
OpenDNS
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Dothan AL, United States
Comodo
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St. Petersburg FL, United States
Frontier
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Providence RI, United States
Verizon
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Goderich, Canada
Huron
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Culiacan, Mexico
Megacable
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Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil
Vivo
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Almeria, Spain
Vodafone Ono
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Fasthosts
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Lille, France
Completel SAS
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
Routit
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Danmarks Idraets-Forbund
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Leipzig, Germany
Universitaet Leipzig
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Zizers, Switzerland
Oskar Emmenegger
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Sassuolo, Italy
Telecom Italia
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Hetzner
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Antalya, Turkey
Teknet Yazlim
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Ulyanovsk, Russia
Telecom.ru
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Peshawar, Pakistan
PTCL
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Chennai, India
Intellect Design Arena
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Bangkok, Thailand
Loxley Wireless
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ohana
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Singapore, Singapore
NTT Singapore
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Beijing, China
CNNIC
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Seoul, South Korea
LG Dacom
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Tokyo, Japan
NMT
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Telstra
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Spark
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DNS Propagation Checker

whatsmydns.net lets you instantly perform a DNS lookup to check a domain name's current IP address and DNS record information against multiple nameservers located in different parts of the world.

Global DNS Checker

The tool lets you quickly and easily perform a DNS lookup to check DNS propagation and see information of any domain from DNS servers located in many countries.

You can test changes made to new or existing domains have been updated correctly without the need to manually query remote servers. This gives you immediate insight into how users globally may be resolving DNS records for your website, email or other online service.

What is DNS and how does it work?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a system used to convert a name (like www.google.com) into an IP address (like 192.168.2.1) which is used by computers to communicate on a network such as the Internet.

When visiting a website, your device asks your local DNS server for the address. If you have not recently visited the site, then it will need to forward the request on to the server responsible for managing it.

Once a result is returned, it is stored locally in a DNS cache to speed up future requests. The amount of time it is stored depends on the configured Time to Live (TTL).

What is DNS Propagation?

DNS propagation is the term commonly used to check the current state of results globally. This process can take only a few minutes or up to 48 hours or longer.

Technically DNS does not propagate, but this is the term that people have become familiar with. Requests are forwarded from the locally used resolver to the authoritative nameserver on demand then cached to speed up future DNS lookups.

For popular websites, results may be cached for people in different parts of the world. If you have recently made changes to your configuration, this may mean that some people will be receiving old results until the TTL expires.

Which DNS records can be checked?

You can perform checks for common record types including:

  • A - The most common type, used to point to an IP address.
  • CNAME - Canonical name or alias, they point to other records.
  • MX - Mail Exchanger, these are used to set email servers and their priority.
  • NS - Nameserver, these store the authoritative nameserver.
  • TXT - Text, commonly used for configuration settings.

Additional types that can be checked which are usually used in more advanced configurations include: AAAA, CAA, PTR, SOA and SRV.