Complete whois database download

Hi,

I am looking for downloading a complete whois database such as available @ https://www.whoisxmlapi.com/whois-database-download.php  from their webpage I am interested in [ The complete database(155 million records)       ] However it's extremely costly for me to purchase, so I am looking for any other alternative

Thanks for all the helps in advance
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Ankit PareekOnline MarketingCommented:
There is no another way to download whois database for free. if you looking for highest number of website in millions then pay for them. many other websites also offer but they charge heavy amount for providing you whois databse.
If you looking for free. then first collect website lists from alexa or other websites. Then hire a professional who have knowledge of internet and start to prepare your own database. It will be time consuming process but cheap in compare to buy whois database

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mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
Ankit : Thanks for suggestion, anyone else with any other suggestion like http://domaingang.com/domain-news/someone-selling-entire-whois-database-160-million-records/
Ankit PareekOnline MarketingCommented:
Hey you can buy the whois database but need to pay. So i recommended that if you looking for buy then try to buy from genuine website. If you buy database in cheap rate and they are not genuine may be sell you garbage.
So before buy first check other customer reviews and double sure about database details. Because once you paid them may be they don't return your money and sell you garbage so be aware from frauds also.
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mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
You are right, that's why I am looking for a help from someone who knows or owns it. While googling I found another website selling somehow same information [ https://www.whoxy.com/whois-database/ ]
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
There is more than one 'who-is' database.  They are maintained by the regional registrars.  Here http://www.internic.net/whois.html is the official 'who-is' with links to the other registrars.  I suspect that there are a lot more than 160 million domain names in all of the registrars.

You should also read the FAQ http://www.internic.net/faqs/domain-names.html .  And this too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_top-level_domains   Domains like 'mil' may not be part of the public 'whois' database.
jmcgOwnerCommented:
Can you enlighten us about what your motivations are for trying to get a copy of the "entire" who-is database? The database changes hourly.

If you're thinking you can send emails to all of the entries, you'd be doing a very misguided thing.
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
jmcg: no email or any sort of marketing, I would be making interface for lookup, you can consider it as a college project thingy.
jmcgOwnerCommented:
Too bad you can't just get the information from NSA by filing a FOIA request!
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
jmcg: thanks for your input :-\
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You might want to take a look at WhoisThisDomain http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/whois_this_domain.html by Nirsoft.  That program queries the existing databases which is how they are meant to be used.
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
anyone else to help?
jmcgOwnerCommented:
It might help to clarify what you're trying to do a bit more. Some people are trying to tell you to just use existing who-is tools, which isn't particularly apt for what you said you wanted to do.

Does it have to be who-is data? Would you consider using some other suitably large body of public-domain data for your exercise? For instance, you can download all of Wikipedia (or at least you used to be able to).
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
well it has to be whois data so I can use these data for lookups based on name, email, and other fields!
jmcgOwnerCommented:
For a mere $200, you can get a sample of 1 million parsed records, the top million Alexa domains from 18 months ago. That ought to be enough to develop your software solution against. Once you have it working, you can decide whether getting more (old) data will be worthwhile.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
well it has to be whois data so I can use these data for lookups based on name, email, and other fields!
Makes me wonder what you're expecting to find.  One of the things you will find are a lot of 'Private' registrations where the owner has signed up with one of the 'Privacy' registration companies.  You will find the name and email of a lot of technical support people who don't own the domains.
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
@Dave: in that case I would need to be filtering such records!
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I think the first thing you need to do is collect a lot of 'whois' data to see what will be available.  Here http://whois.icann.org/en is the master 'whois' source.  It also shows at the bottom which 'whois' server it contacted to get the information.  There isn't just one.
jmcgOwnerCommented:
ICANN makes it very clear that you are not allowed to use their interface to collect the large volume of whois data contemplated in this question:

You agree to use this data only for lawful purposes and further agree not to use this data (i) to allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission by email, telephone, or facsimile of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising, or (ii) to enable high volume, automated, electronic processes to collect or compile this data for any purpose, including without limitation mining this data for your own personal or commercial purposes.
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
dave jmcg is right, i can't bulk download data from them, i have also given examples above of what i am looking for
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You are misunderstanding what I suggested.  I think you should get a few samples to see what kind of data you are actually going to get.

If you are referring to the links you posted above, I think you'll that they are not really what you are looking for.  If you go to ICANN's whois, you will see that they aren't querying their own database, they are checking with the 'whois' from the domain registrars.  For 'google.com' the WHOIS server is 'whois.markmonitor.com'.  Interestingly, it's the same company for 'yahoo.com'.  My own 'whois' info comes from 'register.com'  for one domain and godaddy.com for some others.

The 'whois' services and DNS Domain Name Services are distributed systems that are maintained by many sites and companies.  There isn't just one source for all of it.
mysqlquestions123Author Commented:
anyone else to comment?
B MCommented:
there is an cheap alternative to get whole whois database daily basis. I found it http://www.getwhoisdata.com
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