WHOIS Policy and Acceptable Use Policy

This page defines our policies in relation to the WHOIS and acceptable use.

Policy Statement

The IE Domain Registry CLG (IEDR) is responsible for the management of the .ie namespace and administers the database of .ie registered domain names.

The IEDR provides the WHOIS as a publicly viewable register solely to allow users to obtain information about the existence and status of the domain name and the identity of the registrant of the domain name for the general purposes set out below but always subject to the restrictions listed below.

This service is available to any individual or organisation, provided the rules of acceptable use are followed. The IEDR provides the WHOIS service free of charge. Access may be withdrawn at any time.

Use of the WHOIS by any means is subject to adherence to this policy and its associated rules.

You should not access the IE WHOIS facility if you do not agree to the rules, and you should only use the data returned by a WHOIS query for purposes deemed appropriate by the IEDR.

The WHOIS database and underlying register are Database Right and Copyright © are IE Domain Registry Limited, 2016. All rights reserved.

The WHOIS is provided through various channels, e.g. via our website and via queries to our whois server whois.domainregistry.ie. For relevant definitions and a glossary of terms, please click here. 


  1. The IEDR WHOIS facility is maintained by the IEDR, and provision of this service can be withdrawn at any time, at the discretion of the Registry.
  1. Our WHOIS policy is to provide only the following information relating to registered .ie domain names:
  • Domain name
  • Domain Holder name
  • Class of registration
  • Category of registration
  • Administrative Contact name
  • Technical Contact name
  • Registration date
  • Renewal date
  • Ren Status
  • Holder type
  • Locked Status
  • In Zone Status
  • Name servers
  1. Registrants must provide accurate details to IEDR under the terms and conditions of registration.
  1. All users of the WHOIS facility must adhere to the rules of acceptable usage.
  1. There is a “rate limiter” facility, which guards against overuse of the services by any one source in a 24-hour period. For direct connections, the amount and type of data returned varies, depending on the source IP address for each query. It is our policy to block access from IP addresses which breach acceptable usage limits.


1.   WHOIS – General rules relating to Acceptable Use

I. The maximum query rate is 100 queries per rolling 24 hours

II. If you exceed the query limits a block will be imposed.

  • These limits are per IP address.

III. If you require more queries, please send an email outlining why you need more whois queries per day to whois@iedr.ie and we will consider adding you to our whitelist.

The IEDR work on the following principles, which are the core purposes of our Acceptable Use Rules. The purpose of our Acceptable Use Rules is to ensure that:

a. no copy is made of a significant part of the register or other database we hold;

b. we protect the personal data held within our systems;

c. services are only used as intended;

d. all users comply with the limits set on their access to our systems;

e. we do not put our systems at risk; and

f. our general policies (e.g. on pricing, fees, privacy, data protection and access) are not compromised.

2.    Restrictions relating to the use of the WHOIS and data

You must not:

  • re-package, compile, re-distribute or re-use any or all of the WHOIS database or data (unless you are a lawful user using an insubstantial part);
  • use any or all of the WHOIS data for advertising or as part of a process of identifying entities, names or addresses for future advertising activity of any sort (any such use may also be unlawful under the Data Protection Act 1998 and / or Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003);
  • obscure, remove, hide or alter any part of the copyright notice and legal wording returned with a .ie WHOIS result; or
  • conduct queries of a nature, rate or volume prohibited by our acceptable use policy. Note that we record details about all whois queries for the purposes of detecting and preventing unacceptable use.

3.    Accessibility

WHOIS queries must be made through any of the following channels:

  1. Via the external web, www.iedr.ie.
  2. Via a direct TCP/IP connection to external network address pointed to by ‘whois.domainregistry.ie’ in the external DNS.

4.    Liability and Indemnity

  1. The IEDR do not guarantee the accuracy or availability of the WHOIS records. Any WHOIS record provided is provided on an “as is” basis without any representations or warranties of any kind.
  2. The IEDR are not liable for any damages or loss of any kind arising out of or in connection with the WHOIS or the records generated by the WHOIS or for any omissions or errors in the WHOIS records.

5.    Modifying the WHOIS

  1. The IEDR reserve the right to change the WHOIS records, or withdraw the service, at any time.
  2. The IEDR also reserve the right, at our discretion, to terminate or slow down your access to the WHOIS for any reason, particularly breach of the acceptable use policy or a failure to adhere to, or accept, these terms or any part of them.

Administrative Contact means the nominated point of contact who represents the domain holder, and has the authority to requests changes to the domain registration.

Category means the nature of intended use for the domain name.

Class means the legal status of the applicant or registrant.

Domain Holder means the party who has been granted the right to use the proposed domain name.

IE Domain Registry (IEDR) means the IE Domain Registry Limited, who is responsible for the management of the IE namespace.

Nameservers are used to host a website. For .ie domains, a minimum of two are required with each request for registration, and these must be configured in accordance with RFC protocols 1034 and 1035, and with authoritative zones to host the domain in question.

Status refers to the billing or locked status of the domain name.

Technical Contact is any party appointed by the Administrative or Billing Contact for a domain, which is permitted access to the IEDR Console in order to make nameserver changes.