Whois Server Version 2.0 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information.
Select a sub-topic for help; '?' (with no RETURN) for a list of options; RETURN key to return to WHOIS. WHOIS is used to look up records in the registry database. Whois can provide information about domains, nameservers, and registrars. Enter a string to search the database. By default, WHOIS performs a very broad search, looking in all record types for matches to your query in these fields: domain name, nameserver name, nameserver IP address, and registrar names. Use keywords to narrow the search (for example, 'domain root'). WHOIS displays the results in one of two ways: as a full, detailed display one--line summaries for single/multiple matches. Often, the search finds more records than just the one wanted. Specify both type and full name to look up a specific record (for example, 'domain ibm.com'). Specify only part of the search string to perform a "partial" search on domain. Every domain STARTING with the string will be found. A trailing dot (or dots) after your text or the PArtial keyword indicates a partial search. For example, entering 'mack.' will find "Mack", "Mackall", "Mackay", and so on. Refer to the section "KEYWORD overview" for a description of the different types of keywords WHOIS takes. WHOIS keywords fall into categories: those that specify the TYPE of records to search, those that modify the interpretation of the input or tell the type of output to produce, and those that are commands such as HELP or QUIT. The following keywords restrict a search to a certain TYPE of field in the database: domain Finds a domain record. Find out domain name, registrar name, whois server and URL, Nameserver name and IP Addresses, and updated date. For example, "domain netsol.com". nameserver Finds nameserver records. Find out nameserver name, registrar name, IP addresses, Whois Server name and URL. For example, 'nameserver DNS.SPRINTLINK.COM' or 'nameserver 220.127.116.11'. registrar Finds records for "registrar". Find out Registrar name, mail address, phone number and contact information. For example, 'registrar Network Solutions, Inc.'