[Community-Discuss] Historical WHOIS data

Alan Barrett alan.barrett at afrinic.net
Fri Jun 21 11:37:03 UTC 2019

> On 21 Jun 2019, at 13:56, James Winslow <jimmywinwin37 at gmail.com> wrote:
> ARIN and APNIC each offer WHOWAS service that allows to look back at
> past WHOIS records.  Does AFRINIC offer such a service?  If not, is it
> possible for legitimate researchers to special request such data in
> small quantities from AFRINIC?

We don’t have a dedicated WHOWAS service, although it is on our wish list.

It is possible to retrieve historical information from the WHOIS service, using the “—list-versions” and “—show-version” flags.  Some historical information is redacted for privacy reasons; for example, you cannot get historical information for “person” objects.

Alan Barrett

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