RIPE Test Database
The RIPE NCC has a test database where users may learn how to use the software. This database uses the same software as the RIPE Database, but you cannot change anything in the RIPE Database by changing an object in the TEST database.
The data in the TEST database is not a copy of the data in the RIPE Database. Also, it is not authoritative data. No value should be put on the data in the TEST database. You can create objects in the TEST database to simulate a part of your real network. You can then experiment with different situations in this TEST environment safely.
Creating objects in the TEST database:
Send your object to test-dbm _at_ ripe _dot_ net. You will receive an acknowledgement message which looks the same as one from the RIPE Database.
Alternatively you may use the web interface at:
and 'Select Source' as the 'RIPE TEST Database'.
Creating INETNUM objects with status ALLOCATED in the TEST Database:
An inetnum object with status 'ALLOCATED PA' or 'ALLOCATED PI' needs to be maintained by TEST-NCC-HM-MNT, otherwise the operation will not be allowed. If you query for this object you will see the authentication password in a "remarks:" line.
Finding objects in the TEST Database:
whois -h whois-test.ripe.net <Search String>
whois -h whois-test.ripe.net PB3-RIPE
The whois options that work in the RIPE Database also work in the TEST Database. We invite you to try them.
Mntner objects in the TEST Database:
You can create your own mntner objects in the TEST database. This mntner object only maintains objects in the TEST database.
You can create a mntner object as follows:
- (a) complete/fill in a mntner object template;
- (b) send the template to test-dbm _at_ ripe _dot_ net.
You can use TEST-DBM-MNT in the 'referral-by' attribute.