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Ok trying to work this out and getting confused. I am using the whois command and getting responses from the registrar server ie :


this returns for the expirys :

Created on..............: 1997-09-15.
Expires on..............: 2020-09-13.
Record last updated on..: 2012-01-29.

This is great but I also need the Status of the domain

for example if you goto

I get this info

Status: clientDeleteProhibited, clientTransferProhibited, clientUpdateProhibited, serverDeleteProhibited, serverTransferProhibited, serverUpdateProhibited

Expiration Date: 2020-09-14
Creation Date: 1997-09-15
Last Update Date: 2011-07-20

The difference is this extra status item, How can I get that using a whois command??

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This is what I get: Status: clientDeleteProhibited Status: clientTransferProhibited Status: clientUpdateProhibited Updated Date: 30-mar-2012 Creation Date: 31-mar-2004 Expiration Date: 31-mar-2013 >>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:30:29 UTC <<< – jman Aug 6 '12 at 14:31
can you confirm what whois server that uses? – Kurtis Bro Aug 6 '12 at 14:41

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Every registrar has its own output format. If you query a registrar who does not provide this information, it cannot be obtained (at least not using the whois protocol).

For your particular example of this information is maintained by the top-level registrar at, though. Apparently your particular whois client is not displaying the output from From mine, I get a lengthy result from (including information about registry entries beginning with which there are several dozen, some of them rather embarrassing) before the information for this particular domain from its registrar.

I'd recommend writing a simple whois client of your own if you really need to see exactly what is going on. telnet 43 and type in for a good start.

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thanks for this exactly what I needed! – Kurtis Bro Aug 6 '12 at 15:37

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