Synthetic records

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Records and name servers

Please note that the records you configure in Google Domains only work when you're using the Google name servers. If you are using custom name servers, a message will appear at the top of the DNS tab and you should configure your resource records and wildcard records with your DNS provider.

Synthetic records

Synthetic records are a concept unique to Google Domains. They perform tasks that require multiple resource records, such as mapping the domain and subdomains required to integrate with Google Workspace, creating email forwarding aliases, or even adding all the resource records required to integrate your domain with a 3rd-party web host. You can configure some synthetic records directly on the DNS tab in Google Domains. Other synthetic records are set automatically by Google Domains when you set up web forwarding, email forwarding, or an integration with a 3rd-party web host and website developer.

The synthetic records you can create and edit directly on the DNS tab  are:

  • App Engine - directs a subdomain to an app hosted on Google App Engine.
    Note: App Engine synthetic records are no longer supported. If you have an existing App Engine synthetic record, you will not experience any change. You can delete your App Engine synthetic record, but you cannot make any other changes to it.
    You can still integrate your domain with Google App Engine. See: Integrate with App Engine
  • Dynamic DNS - directs your domain or a subdomain to a resource with a dynamically assigned IP address (edit on the DNS tab ).
    For help see: Dynamic DNS
  • Google Workspace - integrates with Google Workspace (edit on the DNS tab ).
    For help see: Integrate with Google Workspace
  • Subdomain forwarding - directs a subdomain to a named URL (edit on the DNS tab ).
    For help see: Subdomain forwarding

The synthetic records that are set automatically are:

  • Email forwarding - creates email aliases that are forwarding to an existing email address (edit on the Email tab , see Email forwarding)
  • Web forwarding - directs www and your root domain to a named URL (edit on the Website tab , see Web forwarding)
  • Shopify - integrates your domain with a site hosted by Shopify (edit on the Website tab , see Web presence)
  • Squarespace - integrates your domain with a site hosted by Squarespace (edit on the Website tab , see Web presence)
  • Weebly - integrates your domain with a site hosted by Weebly (edit on the Website tab , see Web presence)
  • Wix - integrates your domain with a site hosted by Wix (edit on the Website tab , see Web presence)

To add a synthetic record:

  1. On the DNS tab , scroll down to Synthetic records.
  2. Select the App Engine, Google Workspace, or Subdomain forward record type.
  3. Enter values for the remaining fields or select the Google Workspace features and subdomains you want and click Add.

Google Domains will create the resource record sets and implement the synthetic record.

For instructions on setting each type of synthetic record see:

You can change or delete the record at any time by clicking Delete or Edit next to it in the list of synthetic records.

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