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Introduced 1999
TLD type Reserved top-level domain
Status Reserved to prevent confusion and conflict
Registry IANA
Sponsor None
Intended use Example top-level domain for documentation
Actual use Sometimes used in intended manner in documentation
Registration restrictions no registrations are possible
Structure as needed in example usage
Documents RFC 2606
Dispute policies None
Website None

example is a name reserved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in RFC 2606 (June 1999) that is not intended to be installed as a top-level domain in the global Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet.[1]

Other reserved names are test, invalid, and localhost.

The reasons for reservation of these top-level domain names is to reduce the likelihood of conflict and confusion.[1] This allows the use of these names for either documentation purposes or in local testing scenarios.

The top-level domain example is explicitly intended to be used in documentation or other technical writing where domain names are presented as examples in usage or presentation of concepts of the Domain Name System.

See also


  1. ^ a b RFC 2606 (BCP 32), Reserved Top Level DNS Names, D. Eastlake, A. Panitz, The Internet Society (June 1999)

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