How to: Find out domain expiration date

My friend recently lost her domain name as she forgot to renew it. Now there is no way she can get back the domain name. So how do you find out domain expiration date?

There are 3 simple ways:

By checking the public WHOIS database

Visit whois service here and enter your domain name. You can also use your domain registrar whois service to find out information.

By logging into your domain service providers account

Login to your domain registrar account and list expiring domain. Make sure you set all domains to auto renewal. Finally, make sure your credit card / payment information is upto date to avoid delays.

By using automated shell scripts for Linux /UNIX / Mac OS X

You can grab modified shell script that run as a cron job from your own Mac OS X / Unix computer. This script checks to see if a domain has expired. It can be run in interactive and batch mode, and provides facilities to alarm (email) if a domain is about to expire in advance.

Free Windows Software

If anyone has any information about free domain remainder utility for Windows XP / Vista, please add them in the comments.

Most domain register provides a series of reminder emails to you as the domain name approaches its expiry date. Make sure you whitelist those email address. If domain names are quite important register them for 5-10 years and lock all domain names.

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18 thoughts on “How to: Find out domain expiration date”

  1. hi.. I was searching that how can i found my domain expiry date. Because my site was not running on web and its showing dns error. This info really worked for me. Thanxx…

  2. Thanks for this interesting piece on domains. Is it possible to find a list of expiring domains showing page rank?

  3. You know that the website is expired, the domain name is still available. If i buy, can I get bet the website with all the data it had before?

  4. No. You won’t get data stored on the server. Data is in form of database and fetched by scripts written in PHP / Perl / ASP and so on. You can only grab the domain and that is the end of it.

  5. Hi

    i’m interested in that too. I will buy a domain on godaddy auctions soon and the PR is 4 DA/PA 24/27 and looks not spammy in the wayback machine. But status is expired auction. So did that mean that the Domain is already expired and loose all the power or not? Can somebody help me?

    You can contact me too of course by email.

    Thanks a lot!


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