What is WHOIS

A WHOIS reveals crucial information about a domain. By performing a search you can find out details like domain availability, domain expiry, who owns domain, contact information of the owner, address, phone number, email address and more.

How it works

Whenever someone registers a domain, they submit their personal information to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). You can think of it like registering your house with the government.

WHOIS FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about WHOIS

The WHOIS database includes a list of all internet domains that have been registered. A WHOIS lookup may provide you with information about a domain such as the registration date, expiration date, domain ID, name of the registrar, contact information, server name, and more. This database is open to the public, and anybody may view the information for a registered domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages and updates the database on a regular basis. If you build a website, you will also need to register with ICANN.

When you register a domain name, you have to provide personal information such as name, address, phone number and email. The information is stored in the WHOIS database and anyone can find it using a WHOIS domain lookup.

WHOIS Privacy is a privacy service offered by Hostinger to secure the privacy of the domain owners. When you go for WHOIS Privacy, your personal details are masked or replaced with the details of a proxy server to maintain privacy.

Performing a WHOIS search is easy and quick. Just enter the name of the domain or IP address in the search box and hit "Look Up." Our tool will search the WHOIS database and provide all information including domain name registration records within seconds.

Be sure not to use the information for marketing or spam as it's prohibited by the ICANN.

You should always keep your WHOIS information updated to comply with ICANN rules. That means providing accurate contact information through which you can receive correspondence from your provider.

You can update your WHOIS information easily by using the Hostinger control panel. It just takes a few steps and you can update your information all at once if you want. You will need to log into your Hostinger account and then access the control panel to update WHOIS information.

If the domain registrars filed for WHOIS Privacy, certain records in a WHOIS search are concealed from view, because the domain supplier has obscured their contact information.

Some information can also be hidden by domain providers following the local data protection and privacy laws such as GDPR.

You can hide your personal information with WHOIS Privacy. If someone looks up your domain name, they won't be able to get your contact details.
To hide your personal information, you must first log in to Hostinger and then go to the Members Area. Now select one of the Order buttons from the Domain drop-down menu at the top of the screen. You will now be taken to the payment page, where you can select your payment option for the Privacy Protection service.

Do remember that some WHOIS listings take time to update the changes. So someone may see your details before it becomes hidden.