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Type of site
Reserved domain
Available inEnglish
OwnerInternet Assigned Numbers Authority
Alexa rankIncrease 11,775 (Global 10/2016)
Launched1 January 1999; 20 years ago (1999-01-01)
Current statusOnline

example.com, example.net, example.org, and example.edu are second-level domain names reserved for documentation purposes and examples of the use of domain names.

The second-level domain label example for the top-level domains .com, .net, and .org, was reserved in 1999 by the Internet Engineering Task Force in RFC 2606, Section 3,[2] while it was reserved for the .edu domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 2000.

By implementing the reservation, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) made available domains for use in technical and software documentation, manuals and sample software configurations. Thus, documentation writers can be sure to select a domain name without creating naming conflicts if end-users try to use the sample configurations or examples verbatim.

These domain names resolve to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for IPv4 and IPv6 of a web server managed by ICANN and are digitally signed using DNSSEC.

The example domains have one subdomain name defined in the Domain Name System. For each domain, the third-level domain name www resolves to the same IPv4 and IPv6 addresses as the parent domains.

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  1. ^ "Whois Record for Example.com". DomainTools.com. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ RFC 2606, Reserved Top Level DNS Names, D. Eastlake, A. Panitz, The Internet Society (June 1999)

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