What is a DNS Forward Lookup?

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A forward DNS lookup is a dns lookup that translate a DNS name to an IP.

The inverse is called a reverse lookup

A forward DNS lookup is a query executed by a resolver that will lookup in order:

and return the first IP found.


For example, the domain name www.example.com translates to the addresses (IPv4) and 2620:0:2d0:200::10 (IPv6).



Every time you visit a website, your browser performs a forward DNS lookup to get the web page. Complex web pages that includes different resource (image, script,..) often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so a computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

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