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Find a domain name or a holder using Whois

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You want to create your internet address, buy a domain name, check its availability or find information on an already registered domain name, use our Whois tool:


As Registry and in accordance with the French Post and Electronic Communication Law, Afnic has to collect from registrars the data needed to identify domain name holders in order to constitute the whois database (whois database).

The whois database is protected by the provisions of the French Law of the 1st of July 1998 transposing the European Directive of the 11th of March 1996 on database legal protection in the Intellectual Property Code.

The French state is the only entity to hold the producing rights of the databases as substantial investment, quantitative as much as qualitative, that were used to achieve this database. Afnic has the license to use and protect the rights on the whois database. Complete or partial reproduction and/or use of the AFNIC's database without the express permission of the AFNIC is strictly forbidden. Afnic reserves the right to initiate any procedure of any kind to protect the database whois from fraudulent uses.

Any breach to these rules can carry penal sanctions as counterfeit, without prejudice of a potential damages request from the AFNIC. The whois database user commits to use the published data according to the laws and rules in effect. Moreover, the user is bound to respect the personal data protection framework and in particular, the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 applicable from 25 May 2018 (hereinafter 'the European Data Protection Regulation "or" GDPR"). The infringement of the personal data protection framework can carry penal sanctions. As the user will access personal information, the user must refrain from collecting or misuse this information. In a more general way, the user must refrain from any act likely to infringe the privacy or reputation of individuals.


The specific search engine for the domain name database, Whois, the contraction of “Who is?”, contains administrative and technical information associated with a domain name.

View our tips for creating a domain name

Whois: the database of domain names and holders

Whether you’re looking for information on an existing domain name or looking to register one, the Whois database is the indispensable tool that enables you to: 

  • Instantly test the availability of a domain name or its alternative spellings;
  • View useful information on a name that has already been registered: holder, administrative contact and technical contact, registrar, expiry date of the current registration and associated technical parameters (website, nameservers, etc.).

The domain name allows the identity of a brand, a person or even a project to be expressed on the internet. We therefore recommend that you take your time in checking the available addresses and testing the spelling variants before taking the plunge. For businesses, it is customary to reserve several names (with a hyphen or accent, for example) in order to protect a brand, since the ‘first-come-first-served’ rule applies to domain names.

Data accessible in Afnic’s Whois

Holder: your rights and obligations

Afnic has published a practical guide for holders to help you better understand the essential steps in the life cycle of your domain name.