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I am used to using by just typing via the browser, but I am liking less and less that they are selling private historical whois information for money. I am mainly doing whois look-ups for personal sites so using isn't exactly in my interest if I value my privacy.

  • Is there a way to do whois look-ups via software in Windows?
  • Are there alternative whois site that:
    • offer quick whoises via a simple url e.g. xxwhois.tld/domain
    • do not require captcha solving each time

Those 2 things are great about I know that whois information is public, but I don't want to generate a new historical whois entry at the domaintools database every time I use their site as there is no opt-out available.

I am afraid this question might be closed, because it's not really a question for, so apologies in advance.

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closed as off-topic by Canadian Luke, Olli, Kevin Panko, random Feb 23 '14 at 1:28

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There are dedicated clients for all platforms, including various versions of Windows, but basically, just telnet 43 and type in the domain name you are interested in. The result will be a referral, i.e. a pointer to another server you should connect to to obtain the final result, or possibly yet another referral.

There is a large number of web-based whois services; most domain registration services offer one, or you can try e.g.

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There are some whois clients on Windows (e.g., Microsoft Sysinternals Whois). However, the ones I tested do not show a good coverage of whois servers, do not support IDNs or they do not follow automatically references between servers.

The best whois client I used is the one which is included in Debian Linux, so I decided to made a port to Windows. The source can be found here and the first release is here.

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This needs to be flagged for deletion. – Sickest Feb 18 '14 at 21:12
@Sickest What's wrong with it? – Frank Feb 18 '14 at 21:52
looks like spam, software recommendation, it doesn't answer the question in any fashion other then 2 links with very limited text (poor quality). that's off the top of my head. – Sickest Feb 18 '14 at 21:55
I think if you expand on the abilities of your app, instead of just a link, it would help this post. I do not feel it should be SPAM flagged, but I also haven't downloaded the app – Canadian Luke Feb 18 '14 at 22:53

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