What is a HINFO record?

The HINFO record allows you to define the hardware type and Operating System (OS) in use for a host. This information can be used by application protocols such as FTP, which uses special procedures when communicating with computers of a known CPU and OS type. For security reasons, these records are rarely used on public servers.

The HINFO record has the following look in your DNS zone management page:

Host Type Points to: TTL
www.domain.com HINFO INTEL-386 Windows 1 Hour

How to create a DNS HINFO record?

Log in to your ClouDNS account, enter your DNS zone management page, and click on the Add new record button. For Type choose "HINFO" and type as follow:

  • Type: HINFO
  • TTL: 1 hour
  • Host: www
  • CPU: Identifiable name of the CPU of the host. Can include digits, letters, hyphen, and forward slash.
  • OS: Name of the Operating system of the host. Can include period, digits, letters, hyphen, and forward slash.

*This hostname is used as an example.

How to start managing HINFO records for your domain name?

  1. Create a free account from, here - free forever
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create a new Master DNS from the [add new] button - check a tutorial, here
  5. Add the HINFO records you need, as it is described in this article.


Support of HINFO records

ClouDNS provides full support for HINFO records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your HINFO records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.

Last modified: 2022-01-11
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