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DNS TXT Record

TXT records, known as Text records are used to store text data on a domain.

Storing data in TXT records is commonly used to store configuration settings such as SPF or DKIM records to help with reducing email spam, or verification keys to prove ownership of a domain for use in third party services such as analytics or cloud service providers.

Example TXT record

An example TXT record may look like the following:

Record Type Value TTL
example.com TXT "v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all" 3600

example.com represents domain of the record.

TXT is the record type.

"v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all" is the value of the record. This example uses a configuration format for the Sender Policy Framework (SPF) used to help prevent spam emails.

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 TXT records?

Use the TXT Record Lookup tool to check a domain name's TXT 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.