What is RP Record?

The RP record specifies the mailbox of the person, responsible for the hostname. It is a type of DNS (Domain Name System) resource record, where the short RP stands for Responsible Person. It is mainly used for administrative purposes and helps in specifying the contact information of the individual or organization in charge of managing the domain's DNS.

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

Host: Type: Points to: TTL
hostname.com RP responsibleperson@example.com 1 Hour

Why do you need an RP record?

The RP (Responsible Person) record is used primarily for administrative purposes and helps in identifying the person or organization responsible for managing a particular domain. Here are some reasons why an RP record may be useful:

  • Administrative Contact: It helps establish a point of contact for administrative purposes related to the domain. It allows individuals or entities to reach the responsible person with inquiries, notifications, or issues related to the domain's DNS management.
  • Accountability: By specifying a responsible person's contact information, the RP record ensures accountability for the domain. It helps to establish a clear chain of responsibility for the domain's management and allows others to reach out in case of any concerns.
  • Compliance and Regulations: In some industries and regions, legal or regulatory requirements may exist for providing accurate contact information for domain ownership and management. The RP record is useful in fulfilling these needs by providing a specified contact point.
  • Domain Transition: When a domain changes ownership or management, having an RP record can simplify the transition process. The new responsible person can update the RP record with their contact information, ensuring a smooth transfer of administrative responsibilities.

How to add RP record in ClouDNS?

Go to your Control Panel and click on “Add new record”. Type, as follow:
Type: RP
TTL: 1 Hour
Points to: responsibleperson@example.com

TXT Record: It have to points to a hostname with TXT record

How to start managing RP records in ClouDNS?

  1. Open free account from here - free forever
  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 RP records you need as it is described in this article

How to add an RP record - Step by Step video:

How to check it?

You can manually check the RP record for a domain name by using one of the following commands:

If you are a Windows user, you can open the Command Prompt and check your RP record via Nslookup. Here is an example:

$ nslookup -q=RP domain.net

If you are a Linux/macOS user, you can open the Terminal and check your RP record via DIG. Here is an illustration:

$ dig domain.net RP

In case you prefer using an online tool, you can check your RP record with ClouDNS Free DNS tool.


Question: Is the RP record mandatory for a domain?

Answer: No, the RP record is not mandatory. It is optional, and its usage depends on the specific needs and preferences of the domain owner.

Question: Can the RP record be used to verify domain ownership?

Answer: The RP record is not intended for domain ownership verification. It primarily serves as a means of contact for administrative purposes.

Question: Does the RP record affect email delivery or mail server configuration?

Answer: No, the RP record does not directly impact email delivery or mail server configuration. It primarily serves as a contact information reference and does not affect the technical aspects of email handling.


Last modified: 2023-06-20
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