How to do a Whois lookup on the new Top Level Domains

By , February 3, 2015

There are many new Top Level Domains coming out (over 500 have gone live at the time of writing, as many as 1300 to come) and your favorite way to conduct whois lookups may not be working for domains suffixes such as .guru or .xyz

From a unix shell you can usually specify the whois server to query using the -h switch, question is, which whois server do you ask? It’s easy, you simply query whois.nic.{suffix}. Examples:

.finance -> whois.nic.finance

.guru -> whois.nic.guru

Your command would then look like this:

shell$ whois -h whois.nic.guru anarchist.guru

Domain Name: anarchist.guru
Domain ID: 0d6f7dda62cc40cf96712be3c1526777-D
WHOIS Server: http://whois.tucows.com
Referral URL: http://www.tucows.com
Updated Date: 2014-02-05T17:36:30Z
Creation Date: 2014-02-05T17:36:29Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2015-02-05T17:36:29Z
Sponsoring Registrar: Tucows Domains, Inc.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 69
Domain Status: ok https://www.icann.org/epp#ok
Registrant ID: tuzbbqt6halgtgsg
Registrant Name: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0136662067
Registrant Organization: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0136662067
Registrant Street: 96 Mowat Ave
Registrant City: Toronto
Registrant State/Province: ON
Registrant Postal Code: M6K 3M1
Registrant Country: CA
Registrant Phone: +1.4165385457
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: anarchist.guru@contactprivacy.com
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This should work for all new Top Level Domains.

Or, if you don’t know what a shell is, you can use an online whois lookup such as easyWhois

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