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whois - client for the whois directory service


whois [ { -h | --host } HOST ] [ { -p | --port } PORT ] [ -abBcdGHKlLmMrRx ]
[ -g SOURCE:FIRST-LAST ] [ -i ATTR[,ATTR]... ] [ -s SOURCE[,SOURCE]... ]
[ -T TYPE[,TYPE]... ] [ --verbose ] OBJECT

whois -q KEYWORD

whois -t TYPE

whois -v TYPE

whois --help

whois --version


whois searches for an object in a RFC 3912 database.

This version of the whois client tries to guess the right server to ask for the specified
object. If no guess can be made it will connect to whois.networksolutions.com for NIC
handles or whois.arin.net for IPv4 addresses and network names.


-h HOST, --host HOST
Connect to HOST.

-H Do not display the legal disclaimers some registries like to show you.

-p, --port PORT
Connect to PORT.

Be verbose.

--help Display online help.

Display client version information.

Other options are flags understood by whois.ripe.net and some other RIPE-like servers:

-a Also search all the mirrored databases.

-b Return brief IP address ranges with abuse contact.

-B Disable object filtering. (Show the e-mail addresses.)

-c Return the smallest IP address range with a reference to an irt object.

-d Return the reverse DNS delegation object too.

Search updates from SOURCE database between FIRST and LAST update serial number.
It's useful to obtain Near Real Time Mirroring stream.

-G Disable grouping of associated objects.

-i ATTR[,ATTR]...
Search objects having associated attributes. ATTR is attribute name. Attribute
value is positional OBJECT argument.

-K Return primary key attributes only. Exception is members attribute of set object
which is always returned. Another exceptions are all attributes of objects
organisation, person, and role that are never returned.

-l Return the one level less specific object.

-L Return all levels of less specific objects.

-m Return all one level more specific objects.

-M Return all levels of more specific objects.

Return list of keywords supported by server. KEYWORD can be version for server
version, sources for list of source databases, or types for object types.

-r Disable recursive look-up for contact information.

-R Disable following referrals and force showing the object from the local copy in
the server.

Request the server to search for objects mirrored from SOURCES. Sources are
delimited by comma and the order is significant. Use -q sources option to obtain
list of valid sources.

-t TYPE Return the template for a object of TYPE.

Restrict the search to objects of TYPE. Multiple types are separated by a comma.

-v TYPE Return the verbose template for a object of TYPE.

-x Search for only exact match on network address prefix.


Please remember that whois.networksolutions.com by default will only search in the domains
database. If you want to search for NIC handles you have to prepend a ! character. When
you do this, the default server becomes whois.networksolutions.com.

When querying whois.arin.net for IPv4 or IPv6 networks, the CIDR netmask length will be
automatically removed from the query string.

When querying whois.nic.ad.jp for AS numbers, the program will automatically convert the
request in the appropriate format, inserting a space after the string AS.

When querying whois.denic.de for domain names and no other flags have been specified, the
program will automatically add the flag -T dn.

When querying whois.dk-hostmaster.dk for domain names and no other flags have been
specified, the program will automatically add the flag --show-handles.

RIPE-specific command line options are ignored when querying non-RIPE servers. This may or
may not be the behaviour intended by the user. When querying a non-standard server,
command line options which are not to be interpreted by the client should always follow
the -- separator (which marks the beginning of the query string).

If the /etc/whois.conf configuration file exists, it will be consulted to find a server
before applying the normal rules. Each line of the file should contain a regular
expression to be matched against the query text and the whois server to use, separated by
white space. IDN domains must use the ACE format.

The whois protocol does not specify an encoding for characters which cannot be represented
by ASCII and implementations vary wildly. If the program knows that a specific server
uses a certain encoding, if needed it will transcode the server output to the encoding
specified by the current system locale.

Command line arguments will always be interpreted accordingly to the current system locale
and converted to the IDN ASCII Compatible Encoding.

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