Reverse domain name notation

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An example of reverse-DNS filesystem hierarchy

Reverse domain name notation (or reverse-DNS) is a naming convention for components, packages, types or file names used by a programming language, system or framework. Reverse-DNS strings are based on registered domain names, with the order of the components reversed for grouping purposes. For example, if a company making the product "MyProduct" has the domain name, they could use the reverse-DNS string com.example.MyProduct as an identifier for that product. Reverse-DNS names are a simple way of eliminating namespace collisions, since any domain name is globally unique to its registered owner.


The first appearance of reversed DNS strings predated the Internet domain name standards. The UK Joint Academic Networking Team (JANET) used this order in its Name Registration Scheme, before the Internet domain name standard was established. For example, the name was interpreted as a host named as within the UK (top level domain .uk), while the Internet standard would have interpreted it as a host named uk within the American Samoa top level domain (.as). During the period while both JANET-style and Internet-style addresses were in use, mailers and gateway sites had ad-hoc workarounds to handle the differences, but could still be confused.

Reverse-DNS for identifier strings first became widely used with the Java platform.[citation needed]


Examples of systems that use reverse-DNS notation are:

Some examples of reverse-DNS strings are:

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  1. ^ "Apple Developer Connection: Introduction to Uniform Type Identifiers Overview". 2005-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  2. ^ "Desktop Entry Specification". Retrieved 15 November 2020.

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