DNS Coach: What is a PTR Record used for?

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Dear DNS Coach,

What is a PTR Record used for?

First of all, let’s discuss what a PTR Record (or Pointer Record) is before we go into what it is used for.

A PTR Record is used to map a network interface (or IP) to a host name. These records are most often used for reverse DNS.

Reverse DNS (rDNS) is the method of resolving an IP address into a domain name, just as DNS resolves domain names into associated IP addresses.

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[ This is what it looks like when you add a PTR Record in DNS Made Easy ]

The end result of this record is that: 129.147.94.208.in-addr.arpa. points to mx2.dnsmadeeasy.com.

Don’t forget to submit your own DNS questions by tweeting us on Twitter @DNSMadeEasy! DNS Coach is here every Wednesday to help you better understand what we love to do here at DNS Made Easy.

So, ask away!

Sincerely,

DNS Coach

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Originally published at DNS Made Easy News.

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