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The AFRINIC Database is a public database that contains information about registered IP address space and AS numbers, routing policies,and reverse DNS delegations in the AFRINIC region. It is used for Internet network management.
There are very good documents that explain the working of the AFRINIC whois database: The AFRINIC DB reference manual and the AFRINIC DB supporting document. If you still find lots of complications even after reading these documents, we advise that you enrol for one of our LIR training courses, the schedule of which is available at the training section of the AFRINIC website.
There are two methods to query the whois database:
Command Line Interface: using whois client which can be downloaded from here.
Web Based Interface: using whois query page at our website.
The AFRINIC database reference manual is available on the AFRINIC website here
AFRINIC whois database is a public database which is open for anyone to use. If your person object (nic-hdl) is not protected then anybody can alter it. We advise you to create personal maintainer or use your organisation maintainer to protect your object.
The maintainer is used to protect your other objects in AFRINIC database. It ensures that only authorised changes can be done to your objects.
1. Fill in the template below.
- In the "mnt-by" field use the same as "mntner" field.
- Encrypt your password using this link and paste the encrypted password in "auth" field after MD5-PW.
- Fill in "password" field with your clear text password.
- The "source" field is already filled for you.
2. Copy the object into plain text format mail.
3. Send the mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with blank subject line and wait for the result.
4. The clear text password will be required whenever you update objects that are protected by the maintainer. Please ensure that you memorise it.If the maintainer belongs to your organisation, please ensure that it forms part of your organisation's password policy.
AFRINIC registers the prefix with XXX as country( we use the organisation's country as reference). What the internet will reflect will depend as to whether the databases storing this info are synchronised/updated with the current AFRINIC whois data. We have no control onthe info stored in other databases. You can validate the information stored in AFRINIC database by querying whois database. If you find any discrepancies, please report it to email@example.com.