Welcome to the OpenNIC Wiki

OpenNIC (also referred to as the OpenNIC Project) is a user owned and controlled top-level Network Information Center offering a non-national alternative to traditional Top-Level Domain (TLD) registries; such as ICANN.

Use of OpenNIC DNS servers, enables host name resolution in the Legacy U.S. Government DNS, OpenNIC operated namespaces, and namespaces the OpenNIC has peering agreements with.

This wiki is a limited access work area for OpenNIC documentation and other related content. In accordance with OpenNICs philosophy, all notes and documents are world-readable. Write access is restricted to participants relevant for this specific project; to provide quality content and have cross-verification by other members.

To become a registered user, follow the sign-up page here.

The main thing anyone can do to help, is to become a member. Sign up here and join our mailing list! The other great thing you can do to help, is to spread the word, even if you do not use our TLDs, our DNS network is still the quickest around!

Contributions to the OpenNIC Wiki are welcomed. There is a lot to do: missing information needs to be added, articles need to be cleaned and rewritten, and other things. If you are willing to donate your time, as contributions to the OpenNIC Wiki, you can do this with four simple steps:

  1. Log in (with the username and password you chose during sign up) at https://wiki.opennic.org/start?do=login&sectok=
  2. Start writing articles or update existing articles. Currently, there are no guidelines in place for writing articles. Feel free to design effective pages, conveying information clearly.
  3. Happy editing and a big thank you from the OpenNIC team!

There are plenty of OpenNIC folks available to help with whatever problem you may be having with an OpenNIC server, setup to resolve OpenNIC TLDs, volunteering to set up a Tier 2 server, etc. Please use one of the contact methods listed here

Domain Registration

Our Top-Level Domains are managed by independent members of the community. Check out this list of namespaces to find information and registration instructions for each TLD and contact information.

Anycast Tier 2 DNS Resolvers

  • 2a05:dfc7:5::53
  • 2a05:dfc7:5::5353

A list of all OpenNIC Tier 2 DNS Resolvers can be found here - we highly recommend you to pick the nearest servers from the server list instead of anycast servers. Why?

DNS Wizards

Interested in (automatically) modifying your DNS settings to access OpenNIC servers? Try one of the wizards!

We are always looking for more wizards on other platforms - if interested in developing one, please contact us.

Browser Addons

An easy access to OpenNIC TLDs is provided by BDNS addon for:

No configuration or extra software is required. See BDNS webpage for more information.

Web Proxies

Want to see what OpenNIC is all about? Access via an OpenNIC proxy (use the search engines below to start your journey).

Infrastructure Setup

Server Management/Status Reports

OpenNIC Search Engines