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Check domain availability
Check domain availability

We offer a WHOIS lookup tool that allows you to check domain registration data for different domain names. With it, you can check if a domain name is already taken, and with our domain checker, you can even purchase available domain names right away.

Find domain owner
Find domain owner

If the domain name you want is taken, the WHOIS lookup tool can help you find information about the current domain ownership of the web address. From there, you can contact them to ask if you can buy or use the domain name they own.

Learn about domain expiry check
Learn about domain expiry check

Domain names don’t last forever. At one point, they will expire, which gives you the opportunity to grab it if the domain owner doesn’t renew the domain registration. With our WHOIS record, you can figure out the exact expiry date for any domain.

What is the WHOIS Domain Lookup Tool?

On Hostinger, you can use our WHOIS database to check domain registration records throughout the internet. You can discover who owns a website, if the domain name you want for your website or business is taken, find out who owns a domain and when it is set to expire.

How it works

Every registered domain name is owned by a person who submits their information to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. This information is then added to the WHOIS database, and with the Hostinger WHOIS information lookup tool, you can access this data.

WHOIS FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the WHOIS lookup database.

Basically, a WHOIS database is a listing of all the different registered domain names on the internet. This is a registry which people can search for their preferred domain name to see if the domain ownership is available.

The WHOIS database is maintained by ICANN and regularly updated with newly registered domain names. On the database, you can find important information, such as the domain name owner, check domain expiry, and at times, even contact information on the owner.

To register a domain name, owners need to provide some personal information. This includes your name, address, phone number, and even email.

The information you submit is stored in the database and anyone can look it up with the right tools. However, in the EU, these details are hidden as a privacy and security measure through the WHOIS Privacy Protection service.

Through this service, all the data you give ICANN on the WHOIS registry is made private. That way, your details are replaced with the details of a proxy server, which keeps your data safe and secure. With Hostinger, you can activate this service through the hPanel.

At Hostinger, you can use our WHOIS tool to find all the registered domain names on the internet for free. There are no limits of total usage, so you can search for as many websites and domain names as you want until you find one that’s available.

This is very simple, all you have to do is enter the domain name in the search box and press the “search” button. From there, the tool scours the database and registry for any matches. On top of that, it collects all the relevant information you need in a matter of seconds, such as domain availability and expiry records.

It’s important to always update your WHOIS information as part of the ICANN rules. ICANN requires users and registrants to submit accurate information so that they can be contacted whenever needed.

To update your WHOIS information with Hostinger, all you have to do is go to the control panel. From there, go to the hPanel and click on the domains section. For fully detailed instructions, check out our guide here.

If you have WHOIS Privacy Protection, your information will be protected and replaced by your service provider with proxy server details so people can’t identify or find your information in the registry.

And some privacy laws like GDPR require certain pieces of information to be hidden from the search results.

Yes, if you want to request for your information to be made private, you can turn that setting on through the Hostinger hPanel. For a more detailed tutorial, we have a full guide to setting up your WHOIS Privacy Protection that contains everything you need to know.

And because of the GDPR, if you activate WHOIS Privacy Protection, your contact information will not be made available if your domain is registered in the EU.

Yes, when searching for domain names with our tool, we show you whether or not the domain name is available. If the name you search for is available, you can buy it for your site right there.

However, at Hostinger, you may find the Domain Checker more convenient for registering a domain. This tool will show you a variety of different options with different domain names and extensions as well as guide you through the registration process.