How to View Your DNS History for Free

What Was My Old Nameserver? 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. WhoISrequest.com

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/

dns history

Visit WhoISrequest

2. Complete DNS

Complete DNS is a great quick, easy, and free way to easily see changes on your nameservers, etc.

complete dns

Visit Complete DNS

3. DNS Trails

DNS Trails is another great free solution to lookup DNS history. This site contains partial access to a database of roughly 2 trillion DNS records, that have been collected daily since mid-2008. While this tool might be a little slow, this one actually will probably return the most data for you.

dns trails

Visit DNS Trails

4. Who.is

who.isWho.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.

DNS History - My Old Nameserver

Visit who.is

5. Dnshistory.org

DNS History

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.

DNS Records

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6. Premium Option – Domain Tools

Domain ToolsWe 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.

Visit Domain Tools

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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14 thoughts on “How to View Your DNS History for Free

  1. Domain Tools is just perfect. You can get a trial version for 7 days and I could use those before the trial expired. It gives me all features I need.

  2. You might want to consider http://DNStrails.com as well. I’ve collected DNS data for every domain on the major gTLDs (.com, .net, etc.) since mid-2008, and while the daily data (2+ trillion records) isn’t on the site, monthly data is available there (including NS/MX records).

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