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of Whois queries

In the following, you can find explanations to the most important outputs that are generated when using our Whois pages.

»According to the Whois query result, the domain ... is free for registration.«

The appropriate Whois server was inquired. According to this Whois server, the domain is not registered yet. This means that the domain is most probably available for registration.
In very few exceptional cases, especially for ccTLDs, it might happen that the domain is not available for registration even though there is no entry in the Whois server. This is mainly due to special procedures of the responsible registry concerning the treatment of domains that are unpaid, disputed, or somehow special for other reasons. Some registries remove domains like that from their Whois servers.

»The domain ... is probably free for registration.«

There is no reliable Whois server available that can be inquired for the domain, but no name servers are responsible for the domain. This usually means that the domain is most probably available for registration. However, if the responsible registry allows registrations without active name servers, it might happen that the domain is already registered even though the output says »The domain ... is probably free for registration«.

»The following domains can probably be registered or transferred:«

Due to the fact that some Whois servers have long response times, no real Whois data can be inquired for the domains listed below »Alternatives«. The information displayed there is based on name server entries and relies on the assumption that a domain is free for registration if no responsible name servers exist (or, respectively, that it is already registered if a name server is responsible for the domain). Therefore, the same reservations hold as stated at »The domain ... is probably free for registration.«.
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