DNS Propagation Checker

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What is DNS ?

DNS, or Domain Name System, is the backbone of the internet. It's like a phonebook for the web, translating user-friendly domain names (e.g., yourwebsite.com) into IP addresses that computers use to identify each other on the internet. When you type a URL into your browser, DNS ensures you reach the correct website by connecting the domain name to the right IP address.

What is DNS propagation?

DNS propagation refers to the time it takes for DNS changes to spread across the internet. When you make changes to your DNS settings, like updating your website's IP address or adding new records, it's not instantly updated worldwide. Instead, it gradually propagates across DNS servers globally, which can take several hours to days.

How long does DNS propagation take?

DNS propagation time can vary widely, but it typically takes 24-48 hours for DNS changes to fully propagate globally. However, some factors, like your domain registrar and the TTL (Time to Live) setting of your DNS records, can affect propagation times.

How do you speed up DNS propagation?

While you can't control the entire process, there are ways to expedite DNS propagation:

  • Lower TTL: Decrease the TTL for your DNS records before making changes. This tells DNS servers to refresh their cache more frequently, speeding up propagation.
  • Choose a Reliable DNS Provider: Use a reputable DNS hosting provider with a robust global network to ensure faster updates.
  • Monitor Propagation: Regularly check the status of your DNS changes with a DNS propagation checker like ours to know when they've fully propagated.

What happens when a DNS request is made?

Here's how DNS works:

  1. User Requests: When you type a website's URL (Uniform Resource Locator) into your web browser (e.g., www.example.com), your device needs to find the corresponding IP address to connect to the server hosting that website.
  2. Local DNS Cache: Your device first checks its local DNS cache, which is a temporary storage of previously resolved domain names and their corresponding IP addresses. If the IP address is found there, the translation is immediate, and your device can establish a connection to the webserver.
  3. DNS Resolver: If the IP address isn't in the local cache or it has expired, your device contacts a DNS resolver (also known as a DNS server). This is typically provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), or you can configure your device to use a third-party DNS resolver like Google's ( or Cloudflare's (
  4. Recursive Query: The DNS resolver, acting on your device's behalf, performs a recursive query to resolve the domain name. If the resolver has the IP address in its cache, it immediately responds. If not, it proceeds with the resolution process.
  5. Root DNS Servers: If the resolver doesn't have the answer, it contacts a root DNS server. The root DNS servers are at the top of the DNS hierarchy and contain information about the authoritative DNS servers for top-level domains (like .com, .org, .net).
  6. Top-Level Domain (TLD) Servers: The root DNS server directs the resolver to the TLD server responsible for the specific top-level domain of the requested website (e.g., .com). The TLD server has information about the authoritative name servers for domains within that TLD.
  7. Authoritative Name Server: The TLD server then directs the resolver to the authoritative name server for the domain in question (e.g., example.com). The authoritative name server holds the specific IP address for the requested domain.
  8. IP Address Resolution: The resolver queries the authoritative name server, which responds with the IP address associated with the domain name.
  9. Caching: The resolver stores the obtained IP address in its cache for future use, reducing the need for repeated lookups.
  10. Communication: Finally, armed with the IP address, your device can establish a connection to the web server hosting the website you requested. Your web browser can then fetch and display the web page's content.

Which DNS record types can be checked?

Our DNS Propagation Checker supports a wide range of DNS record types, including:

  • A (Address) Records: Translate domain names to IPv4 addresses.
  • AAAA (IPv6Address) Records: Translate domain names to IPv6 addresses.
  • CNAME (Canonical Name) Records: Create aliases for domain names.
  • MX (Mail Exchange) Records: Specify mail servers responsible for email delivery.
  • TXT (Text) Records: Store text-based information for various purposes, like SPF records for email authentication.
  • NS (Name Server) Records: Identify authoritative name servers for a domain.
  • SOA (Start of Authority) Records: Contain essential information about a DNS zone.
  • SRV (Service) Records: Define the location of specific services, such as SIP or LDAP.
  • PTR (Pointer) Records: Map IP addresses to hostnames, primarily used in reverse DNS