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    Checking domain name availability


    Does anyone know of a good web service for performing domain name availability checks?

    I know GoDaddy provide commercial API's for checking and buying domains but it seems like a heavy weight and expensive option if I just want to check domain name availability through a webpage.
    Doing the check manually by checking in each whois server would be a lengthy process so I'm guessing someone has already done the leg work and created a web service or DLL which could be used from a .NET app or something.

    Has anyone got any ideas?
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    Google DNS+test and you'll get a pretty good list. Some are really free, some run their test, tell you there's a "critical error" and then charge you to find out what it is.

    This one has several free services:

    http://www.dnsgoodies.com/
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    Linux generally includes a command line whois program. And for windows you can get a command line whois from www.sysinternals.com. As long as you can configure your web page to run a command line program one of these may work for you.
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    I usually use this to check domain name availability:
    - http://www.moniker.com/
    - http://centralops.net/co/
    - http://network-tools.com
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    I have used ineedname.com that help to see domain name availability with G-talk that is pretty good and based on very unique concept. Just add domain@ineedname.com on your G-talk Id and search the desired domain name availability.

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