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Domain Names:WHOIS lookup

Last Updated:Feb 19, 2024

WHOIS lookup allows you to query registration information about a domain name, such as the domain name registrar, domain name status, registration date, and expiration date.


You cannot implement WHOIS lookup for a domain name with a suffix that is not supported by Alibaba Cloud. In this case, you can directly visit the official website of the domain name registrar for lookup.

Details of WHOIS lookup

If Alibaba Cloud provides the registration service for a domain name suffix, you can go to the WHOIS page, enter the target domain name, and click Search to query this domain name. The following information is returned for a domain name.

  • Registrant Email:

    To comply with the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Temporary Specification) issued by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the compliance requirements stated in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Alibaba Cloud WHOIS no longer provides personal information about registrants from May 25, 2018. Relevant services were therefore suspended from May 25, 2018.

  • Sponsoring Registrar: the current registrar of the domain name, such as Alibaba Cloud Computing Ltd. d/b/a HiChina (

  • Registration Date: the date when the domain name was registered.

  • Expiration Date: the date when the domain name expires. Domain name registrants must renew their domain names in time. For more information, see Renew a domain name.

  • Domain Name Status:

    the status of the domain name, which is related to specific security settings of the domain name. For example, if a domain name is configured to prohibit transfer or deletion, the value of Domain Status is clientTransferProhibited or clientDeleteProhibited. The status of a domain name changes at different stages, such as registration and expiration. For more information, see Domain name statuses.

  • DNS Server: the current Domain Name System (DNS) server of the domain name. For more information about how to change the DNS server, see Change the DNS server for a domain name.