Viewing DNS History
Working with clients over the years, there is always that possibility that someone will change a DNS record on a website and then need to change it back. Sometimes people forget to document things, and so you might arrive in a situation where you are trying to find out what the old nameservers were, or what IPs your custom nameservers were set to. Below are 6 great websites that will show you your DNS history for free and a premium alternative.
1. DNS Trails
DNS Trails is an awesome free solution to lookup DNS history. This site contains access to a database of roughly 3 trillion DNS records, 3 billion WHOIS records, and 418 million hostnames. All which have been collected daily since mid-2008. This will probably return the most data for you.
2. Complete DNS
Complete DNS is a great quick, easy, and free way to easily see changes on your nameservers, etc.
WhoISrequest is a site we found that delivers a good view of a domain’s DNS history. Check it out at http://whoisrequest.org/history/
Who.is is our personal favorite and seems to have the most accurate DNS history records. Simply head over to their website who.is, and input the domain in question.
Then click on the “History” tab and you can see all past DNS changes. See example picture below.
Dnshistory.org in our opinion doesn’t seem to be as accurate, but still provides a good 2nd reference. Simply head over to their website dnshistory.org, and input the domain in question. Then you can see all the previous DNS record changes.
6. Premium Option – Domain Tools
We have always found what we need between the two of those sites mentioned above. But if for some reason you can’t, there is also a premium service from Domain Tools in which you can order “Hosting History” report. This allows you to view historical IP addresses, name servers, and registrars. See more details here.
Do you have a different dns history tool that you use? I would love to hear what it is. As always feel free to leave your comments below!
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