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 comments… add one
  • gadget Aug 17, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Do you know how to check domains that have already expired?

  • Sangeetha Mohandass Dec 18, 2009, 4:07 am

    hi.. i was searching to get history of a website.. i found ur post really usefull.. thankx..

  • Vista Optimizer Feb 5, 2010, 11:47 am

    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…

  • Sauny Mar 18, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Do you know how to check domains that have already expiring or expired?

  • Sam Feb 10, 2011, 1:12 pm

    is there a way that I can get expire date of a domain by a php code ?

  • albin Jun 20, 2011, 5:16 pm

    tank you very much.

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2012, 11:04 am

    How can I find out when my virtual domain is going to expire?

  • IT Services Perth Apr 12, 2012, 4:00 am

    Thank you for this. Was looking to find out exactly how to do this.

  • james parker Apr 25, 2012, 7:06 pm

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

  • scc May 21, 2012, 4:37 am

    show domain expiry date

  • Divya May 22, 2012, 7:02 am

    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?

  • FooBar May 24, 2012, 9:19 pm

    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.

  • Riya Rai Jul 15, 2012, 5:33 am

    I need a good domain for by blog. I will try these method to find one.Thanks

  • davince Dec 20, 2012, 11:54 am

    Hi ,
    its a really intersting article.thanks for sharing

  • sree Feb 5, 2013, 5:44 am

    Do you know how to check domains that have already expired?

  • Legendary SEO Dec 7, 2013, 12:41 pm


    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!


  • itechgeek Oct 9, 2014, 11:03 pm

    thanks, post really usefull

  • freeonlinetest Oct 16, 2014, 7:02 am

    Thanks for ur post..
    Do you know how to check domains that have already expired?

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