About WHOIS

This article provides an overview of the WHOIS database and how to perform a WHOIS lookup, and proxy contact information.

How it works

A WHOIS database stores information about domains such as the following:

  • Registration information
  • Creation and expiration dates
  • Name servers

You can search for domain information in a WHOIS database by performing a WHOIS lookup.

How to perform a WHOIS lookup

To perform a WHOIS lookup in Google Domains, follow these steps:

  1. Search for the domain in Google Domains.
  2. If the domain isn't available for purchase, you see the Unavailable icon Block .
  3. Click the Go to Whois page icon .
Google Domains only manages WHOIS results for .COM and .NET domains. For other domains, that domain’s registry manages the WHOIS results. You can choose to use private registration, but the registry controls which fields display in a WHOIS lookup.

Proxy contact information

For TLDs .com or .net, if your WHOIS information is  redacted, we generally provide you with a proxy email address, such as obrs8XXXlje@proxyregistrant.email for that domain. If someone wants to contact you about your domain, they can reach you via that email address. 

Messages sent to your proxy email address are forwarded to the registrant contact email address you shared. You do not need to perform any steps to set up this email address or email forwarding. To view your proxy email address, perform a WHOIS lookup. Note that the proxy email address for each domain is dynamic and likely to change every 5 to 30 days.

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