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TXT Record Lookup

What is a TXT Record?

TXT record is a type of DNS record that allows users to link text to a zone. It contains the information for outside sources of your domain. TXT records are useful in many situations, including proving a domain's ownership and preventing spam. For example, a provider could ask you to add a TXT record with a certain value to your domain to prove your domain ownership.

How Do TXT Records Work?

There are multiple types of DNS TXT records like SPF TXT records, DKIM TXT records, and DMARC TXT records. The behavior of the TXT records depends on the record type. For example, the SPF TXT record lists all the authorized servers to send email messages from a domain.

What Does An Example TXT Record Look Like?

An example DNS TXT record would look like the below:

courier.example.com 3600 IN TXT v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all

  • Record / Domain Name
    • The domain of the record.
  • Type
    • DNS record type. In this case, it is TXT.
  • Value
    • Value of the record.
  • TTL
    • Time duration in seconds to expire the TXT record.

Understanding the TXT Record Results

If we consider the above DNS TXT record example, It is refreshed every 3600 seconds and configured to help prevent spam emails using the Sender Policy Framework.

What is TXT Record Checker, and How Does This Tool Work?

DNS record checker is a tool that lists all the DNS records available for a domain. You just need to enter the domain name; the checker will look through the domain's authoritative name servers and list the records.

Why is TXT so Important? - Benefits of TXT Records

TXT records can be used for a variety of things:

  • Prevents spam from being sent from your domain using Sender Policy Framework (SPF) records.
  • Protects email content using encryption through Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) signing.
  • Gives the control of SPF and DKIM policies.
  • When MTA-STS is implemented by both the sending and receiving servers, the security of SMTP connections will increase.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check if the TXT records are valid?

The method of determining the DNS TXT record's validity depends on the record type. There are multiple online DNS record checkers available, and you can use one to check your TXT record's validity.

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