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DNS PTR Record

PTR records, known as Pointer records or reverse DNS records are used to store the domain name for an IP address.

PTR records are the inverse record of both A records for IPv4 addresses, and AAAA records for IPv6 addresses.

PTR records are stored as their IP address broken into segments and then reversed, followed by either in-addr.arpa. for IPv4 records or .ip6.arpa. for IPv6 records. For example the IP address 192.168.2.1 would be stored in 1.2.168.192.in-addr.arpa..

Example PTR record

An example PTR record may look like the following:

Record Type Value TTL
1.2.168.192.in-addr.arpa. PTR example.com 3600

1.2.168.192.in-addr.arpa. represents identifier of the record. This is the record name for the IPv4 A record 192.168.2.1.

PTR is the record type.

example.com is the value of the record.

3600 is the TTL (time to live) of the record in seconds, this example represents 1 hour. This means that when a record has had updates made to it, then it will take 1 hour to update.

IPv6 PTR Records

Record Type Value TTL
1.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.8.e.f.ip6.arpa. PTR example.com 3600

1.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.8.e.f.ip6.arpa. represents identifier of the record. This is the record name for the IPv6 AAAA record fe80::1.

PTR is the record type.

example.com is the value of the record.

3600 is the TTL (time to live) of the record in seconds, this example represents 1 hour. This means that when a record has had updates made to it, then it will take 1 hour to update.

How to check PTR records?

Use the PTR Record Lookup tool to check an IP addresses PTR records.

Use the DNS Lookup tool to check all DNS record types.

Use the Global DNS Checker tool to check DNS records from all around the world.