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Ever wondered what's going on with your domain name? Well, it turns out there's a secret language called EPP domain status codes that spill the beans on your domain's situation. Think of them as little tags that reveal if your domain is on lockdown to prevent shady transfers or if there are any pending tasks you need to tackle.

Now, why should you care? Because these codes can unveil why your domain suddenly stopped working, whether it's safe from hijacking, and even when it might become available for others to snatch up.

So, how do you crack the code? Easy peasy! Just run a Whois lookup, either with Rocket Domains nifty Whois search tool, or at any other registrar's website. Your domain's EPP status codes aka Domain Status will be right there in the results.

There are two types of codes: client and server. The cool thing is, some codes are automatically set when you register your domain, while others kick in when you ask your registrar to make a change. And just to keep things interesting, there are server codes too, set by registries, which kind of trump the client ones. Both types show up in your Whois lookup.

Now, don't worry if this sounds like a secret society – we've got you covered! We've put together two useful tables with all 17 standardized EPP domain status codes, plus a few extras. One table spills the beans on server and Registry Grace Period (RGP) codes, while the other dishes out the client codes. They break down what each status means, why it matters, and what you might want to do about it.

So, if you've ever felt a bit lost in the domain world, these codes are like your trusty guide to understanding what's happening and how to navigate the twists and turns. Happy domaining!

Server Status Codes set by the relevant domain registry

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EPP Status Code RDAP Status Mapping What does it mean? Should you do something?
addPeriod

add period

After you register a domain, there's a grace period. If the registrar deletes it within this time, the registry might give them credit for the registration cost. It's a little safety net for accidental registrations.

This is an informative status set for the first several days of your domain's registration. There is no issue with your domain name. No worries, though – everything is OK with your domain name.

autoRenewPeriod

auto renew period

After your domain registration period expires, the registry automatically extends it by providing a grace period in which you can go back and renew it if you like. If you don't renew the domain during the grace period and the registrar has to delete the domain name, the registry provides a credit to the registrar for the cost of the renewal.

This is an informative status set for a limited time after your domain's auto- renewal by the registry. If you do not want to renew the domain name anymore, you should contact your registrar immediately to discuss your options.

inactive

inactive

This status code indicates that you have not added delegation information (name servers) to your domain name for it to function properly. Your domain, therefore is not activated in the DNS and will not resolve to any web page nor any email services will work.

If your domain has remained in this status for several days, you should contact your registrar to find out what's causing this status and how to resolve the issue. Other than Name Servers not being active, it could be that your Domain Name (TLD) requires additional information or documentation to be provided for registration for the domain to be activated in which case you should work with your registrar to provide the required information/documentation.

ok

active

This is the regular status for a domain, indicating that there are no pending tasks or restrictions. It's all clear and fully operational, yay!

Additionally, asking your registrar to enact status restrictions, like clientTransferProhibited, clientDeleteProhibited, and clientUpdateProhibited, can help to prevent unauthorized transfers, deletions, or updates to your domain.

Just so you know, Rocket Domains gives you a free Domain Lock with which you can apply the relevant restrictions and secure your domain name ownership.

pendingCreate

pending create

This status code shows that a request to create your domain name has been successfully received and is being processed.

If the Domain Name is subject to a special registration period (e.g. sunrise), this may indicate that the domain name will be allocated to you at the end of such period.

If the Domain Name is not on a special registration period and you are NOT the listed Registrant, you should contact your registrar immediately to resolve the issue.

pendingDelete

pending delete

This status code may be presented together with redemptionPeriod or pendingRestore statuses. In such case, depending on the status (i.e. redemptionPeriod or pendingRestore) shown, the corresponding description given in the relevant rows below applies.

If this status is not presented with the redemptionPeriod or pendingRestore statuses, the pendingDelete status code means that your domain has been in redemptionPeriod status for 30 days and you have not restored it within that period. Your domain will now remain in this status for several days until your domain is finally purged and dropped from the registry database making it available for anyone to register it in accordance with the relevant registry's policies.

If you want to keep your domain name, you must act fast and make contact with your registrar to understand how you can keep your domain name ownership intact.

pendingRenew

pending renew

This status code shows your domain name renewal request has been received and is being processed.

If you did not request to renew your domain and do not want to keep it by paying the renewal fee anymore, you should contact your registrar immediately to discuss what options are available. With Rocket Domains though, you can simply use the "disable renewal" button to disable renewal.

pendingRestore

pending restore

This status code shows that your registrar has requested the registry to restore your domain that was in redemptionPeriod status. Your registry will hold the domain in this status while waiting for your registrar to provide the necessary restoration documentation. If your registrar fails to provide documentation to the registry operator within a set time period to confirm the restoration request, the domain will revert to redemptionPeriod status.

Keep an eye out for your domain's status codes within this 7 day period to ensure that your registrar has submitted the correct restoration documentation within the time window. If this period ended and your domain has reverted back to a redemptionPeriod status, request your registrar to resolve any issues that may have caused your domain name to slip into this redemptionPeriod as you may be about to lose your domain name.

pendingTransfer

pending transfer

This status code shows that a request to transfer your domain to a new registrar has been successfully received and is being processed.

If you did not request to transfer your domain, you should immediately reach out to your registrar to request that they deny the transfer request on your behalf.

pendingUpdate

pending update

This status code shows that a request to update your domain has been successfully received and is being processed.

If you did not request to update your domain, you should contact your registrar immediately to resolve the issue.

redemptionPeriod

redemption period

This status code indicates that your registrar has asked the registry to delete your domain. One of the reasons for this could be that you did not renew your domain or its renewal failed. Your domain will be held in this status for 30 days. After 5 calendar days after the end of the redemptionPeriod, your domain is purged from the registry database and becomes available for anyone to register.

If you want to keep your domain, you must immediately contact your registrar to resolve any issues that caused your domain to have in the redemptionPeriod status. Once any outstanding issues have been resolved and the appropriate fee has been paid within the right time frame, your registrar should be able to restore the domain to your account.

renewPeriod

renew period

This status shows a grace period has been provided after a domain name registration period is explicitly extended (renewed) by the registrar. If the registrar deletes the domain name during this period, the registry provides a credit to the registrar for the cost of the renewal.

This is an informative status set for a limited period or your domain's renewal by your registrar. If you did not request to renew your domain and do not want to keep it anymore, you should contact your registrar immediately to discuss what options are available.

serverDeleteProhibited

server delete prohibited

This status code prevents your domain from being deleted. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes, at your request, or when a redemptionPeriod status is in place.

This status may indicate an issue with your domain that needs resolution. If so, you should contact your registrar to request more information and to resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, and you simply want to delete it, you must first contact your registrar and request that they work with the Registry Operator to remove this status code.

Alternatively, some Registry Operators offer a Registry Lock Service that allows registrants, through their registrars to set this status as an extra protection against unauthorized deletions. Removing this status can take longer than it does for clientDeleteProhibited because your registrar has to forward your request to your domain's registry and wait for them to lift the restriction.

serverHold

server hold

This status code is set by your domain's Registry Operator. Your domain is not activated in the DNS.

If you provided delegation information (name servers), this status may indicate an issue with your domain that needs resolution. If so, you should contact your registrar to request more information. If your domain does not have any issues, but you need it to resolve in the DNS, you must first contact your registrar in order to provide the necessary delegation information.

serverRenewProhibited

server renew prohibited

This status code indicates your domain's Registry Operator will not allow your registrar to renew your domain. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes or when your domain is subject to deletion.

Often, this status indicates an issue with your domain that needs to be addressed promptly. You should contact your registrar to request more information and resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, and you simply want to renew it, you must first contact your registrar and request that they work with the Registry Operator to remove this status code. This process can take longer than it does for clientRenewProhibited because your registrar has to forward your request to your domain's registry and wait for them to lift the restriction.

serverTransferProhibited

server transfer prohibited

This status code prevents your domain from being transferred from your current registrar to another. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal or other disputes, at your request, or when a redemptionPeriod status is in place.

This status may indicate an issue with your domain that needs to be addressed promptly. You should contact your registrar to request more information and resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, and you simply want to transfer it to another registrar, you must first contact your registrar and request that they work with the Registry Operator to remove this status code.

Alternatively, some Registry Operators offer a Registry Lock Service that allows registrants, through their registrars to set this status as an extra protection against unauthorized transfers. Removing this status can take longer than it does for clientTransferProhibited because your registrar has to forward your request to your domain's registry and wait for them to lift the restriction.

serverUpdateProhibited

server update prohibited

This status code locks your domain preventing it from being updated. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes, at your request, or when a redemptionPeriod status is in place.

This status may indicate an issue with your domain that needs resolution. If so, you should contact your registrar for more information or to resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, and you simply want to update it, you must first contact your registrar and request that they work with the Registry Operator to remove this status code.

Alternatively, some Registry Operators offer a Registry Lock Service that allows registrants, through their registrars to set this status as an extra protection against unauthorized updates. Removing this status can take longer than it does for clientUpdateProhibited because your registrar has to forward your request to your domain's registry and wait for them to lift the restriction.

transferPeriod

transfer period

This grace period is provided after the successful transfer of a domain name from one registrar to another. If the new registrar deletes the domain name during this period, the registry provides a credit to the registrar for the cost of the transfer.

This is an informative status set for a limited period or your domain's transfer to a new registrar. If you did not request to transfer your domain, you should contact your original registrar.

 

Client Status Codes set by your domain registrar

clientDeleteProhibited

client delete prohibited

This status code tells your domain's registry to reject requests to delete the domain.

This status indicates that it is not possible to delete the domain name registration, which can prevent unauthorized deletions resulting from hijacking and/or fraud. If you do want to delete your domain, you must first contact your registrar and request that they remove this status code.

clientHold

client hold

This status code tells your domain's registry to not activate your domain in the DNS and as a consequence, it will not resolve. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes, non-payment, or when your domain is subject to deletion.

Often, this status indicates an issue with your domain that needs resolution. If so, you should contact your registrar to resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, but you need it to resolve, you must first contact your registrar and request that they remove this status code.

clientRenewProhibited

client renew prohibited

This status code tells your domain's registry to reject requests to renew your domain. It is an uncommon status that is usually enacted during legal disputes or when your domain is subject to deletion.

Often, this status indicates an issue with your domain that needs resolution. If so, you should contact your registrar to resolve the issue. If your domain does not have any issues, and you simply want to renew it, you must first contact your registrar and request that they remove this status code.

clientTransferProhibited

client transfer prohibited

This status code tells your domain's registry to reject requests to transfer the domain from your current registrar to another.

This status indicates that it is not possible to transfer the domain name registration, which will help prevent unauthorized transfers resulting from hijacking and/or fraud. If you do want to transfer your domain, you must first contact your registrar and request that they remove this status code.

clientUpdateProhibited

client update prohibited

This status code tells your domain's registry to reject requests to update the domain.

This domain name status indicates that it is not possible to update the domain, which can help prevent unauthorized updates resulting from fraud. If you do want to update your domain, you must first contact your registrar and request that they remove this status code.

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