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A Simple whois program in Java

By: Henry in Java Tutorials on 2022-09-15  

A WHOIS program in Java would typically involve sending a WHOIS query to a WHOIS server and receiving a response containing registration and ownership information about a domain name or IP address.

Here's an example code snippet that demonstrates how to send a WHOIS query using Java's Socket class:


public class WhoisExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws UnknownHostException, IOException {
        String domain = "";
        String server = "";
        int port = 43;
        String query = domain + "\r\n";
        Socket socket = new Socket(server, port);
        OutputStreamWriter writer = new OutputStreamWriter(socket.getOutputStream());
        BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(socket.getInputStream()));
        String line;
        while ((line = reader.readLine()) != null) {

Here is the output:

  Domain Name: EXAMPLE.COM
   Registry Domain ID: 2336799_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
   Registrar WHOIS Server:
   Registrar URL:
   Updated Date: 2022-08-14T07:01:31Z
   Creation Date: 1995-08-14T04:00:00Z
   Registry Expiry Date: 2023-08-13T04:00:00Z
   Registrar: RESERVED-Internet Assigned Numbers Authority      
   Registrar IANA ID: 376
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
   Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
   Name Server: A.IANA-SERVERS.NET
   Name Server: B.IANA-SERVERS.NET
   DNSSEC: signedDelegation
   DNSSEC DS Data: 31406 8 2 F78CF3344F72137235098ECBBD08947C2C9001C7F6A085A17F518B5D8F6B916D
   DNSSEC DS Data: 31589 8 2 CDE0D742D6998AA554A92D890F8184C698CFAC8A26FA59875A990C03E576343C
   DNSSEC DS Data: 43547 8 1 B6225AB2CC613E0DCA7962BDC2342EA4F1B56083
   DNSSEC DS Data: 43547 8 2 615A64233543F66F44D68933625B17497C89A70E858ED76A2145997EDF96A918
   DNSSEC DS Data: 31589 8 1 3490A6806D47F17A34C29E2CE80E8A999FFBE4BE
   DNSSEC DS Data: 31406 8 1 189968811E6EBA862DD6C209F75623D8D9ED9142
   URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form:
>>> Last update of whois database: 2023-05-01T10:42:54Z <<<     

For more information on Whois status codes, please visit

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect 
the expiration
date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring
registrar.  Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to
view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.

TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois
database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume and
automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry
Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining information
about or related to a domain name registration record. VeriSign 
does not
guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query, you agree to abide
by the following terms of use: You agree that you may use this Data only
for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances will you use this Data
to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of 
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail, telephone,
or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes
that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems). The compilation,
repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is expressly
prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You agree not to
use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume to access or
query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to register
domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign reserves the right
to restrict your access to the Whois database in its sole discretion to ensure
operational stability.  VeriSign may restrict or terminate your 
access to the
Whois database for failure to abide by these terms of use. VeriSign
reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.

The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains andRegistrars.

In this example, we're sending a WHOIS query for the domain name "" to the Verisign WHOIS server on port 43. We create a Socket object and connect to the server, then write the query to the server's output stream using an OutputStreamWriter. We then read the response from the server's input stream using a BufferedReader and print each line of the response to the console. Finally, we close the streams and socket.

Note that this is just a basic example and there are many WHOIS servers and variations of WHOIS queries. Additionally, WHOIS information can be subject to privacy laws and restrictions, so it's important to use this information responsibly and within the bounds of the law.

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