What is NAPTR Record?

NAPTR record stands for Naming Authority Pointer, and it is a type of DNS record that maps domain names to URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) and other resources. NAPTR records are most commonly used for applications in Internet telephony - in the mapping of servers and user addresses in the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

The combination of NAPTR records with Service Records (SRV) allows the chaining of multiple records to form complex rewrite rules which produce new domain labels or uniform resource identifiers (URIs).

The NAPTR record has the following look in your ClouDNS Control Panel:

Host Type: Points to: TTL:
hostname.com NAPTR 1 1 "" "123" "regular" . 3600

Why do you need a NAPTR record

NAPTR records are commonly used with SIP in conjunction with SRV records to discover what types of services are available for a name. We can say that the NAPTR record is an extension of the classic records. When someone performs a NAPTR lookup of your domain, he will find out what protocols or ports are implemented, does your domain support SIP or some other VoIP service, and so on.

How to create a DNS NAPTR record?

In order to create a new NAPTR record, go to your DNS zone management page, click on the Add new record link and choose NAPTR. Here are example DNS record settings:

TTL: 1 Hour
Host: example
Order: (from 0 to 65535)
Preference: (from 0 to 65535)
Flag: (empty or U, S, A,P)
Protocol Resolution Service: from 0 to 32 symbols
Regular Expression: someregex
Replacement: somerep

Note: The Regular Expression and the Replacement cannot be used both or left empty.

How to add a NAPTR record - Step by Step video:

How to check the NAPTR record?

You can check the NAPTR record for a particular hostname by using one of the following ways:

If you are a Linux/macOS user, you can open the Terminal application and use the DIG command. Here is an example:

$ dig domain.net naptr

If there is an existing NAPTR record for the domain, this command will show it.

If you are a Windows user, or you prefer using an online tool. You can perform the lookup with the ClouDNS Free DNS tool. Simply enter the domain name, and you will view the NAPTR record if one exists.

Support of NAPTR records

  1. Open free trial account with our Premium DNS from here
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create new Master DNS from the [add new] button - read more here
  5. Add the NAPTR record(s) you need as it is described in this article


Question: Does NAPTR work in the same manner as the PTR record?

Answer: No, they are not the same. PTR records are used for Reverse DNS Resolution. And NAPTR records are mostly used for SIP communication.

Question: Is a NAPTR record required for every domain name?

Answer: No, it is not required for every domain name.

Question: Can I have multiple NAPTR records for a single domain name?

Answer: Yes, you can have several NAPTR records for a one domain name.

Last modified: 2023-02-15
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