Jameser's Tech Tips

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Tip #41: Obtain Whois Information from the Windows Command Prompt

Today's tip is on obtaining domain registration data from the Windows Command Prompt. The whois command is a standard fixture in the Linux/Unix world, but Windows users typically need to resort to web based applications to query Whois information. We'll be taking a look at a small utility called WhoisCL, which will allow you to query whois servers from the Command Prompt as well as from within batch files.

WhoisCL, an application developed by Nir Sofer, can be downloaded from here. Once you have downloaded the application, unzip the WhoisCL.exe file and place it in your path (i.e. C:\Windows). After you have extracted the file, you may want to rename it to whois.exe to make the command easier to remember, especially if you find yourself working on Linux machines frequently.

One nice feature of WhoisCL is the -r switch, which will remove the registrar's cruft from the results you receive.

If you have questions, please leave a comment.


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