14.4.3 Whois Client

This is a small program that connects to the RIPE Whois Database, passes the search request to the database and prints out the response. Most computer operating systems include a default, basic whois client. However, these default clients often do not recognise all the added query options that the RIPE Database allows.

The RIPE whois client source code (with the file name ripe-whois-client-3.2.2.tar.gz) written in C, is still available to download and compile.

If you use the default whois client you can pass the additional options to the RIPE Database in this format:

$ whois -h whois.ripe.net -- '-rBGTroute 193.0.7.35'
% This is the RIPE Database query service.
% The objects are in RPSL format.
%
% The RIPE Database is subject to Terms and Conditions.
% See http://www.ripe.net/db/support/db-terms-conditions.pdf

route: 193.0.0.0/21
descr: RIPE-NCC
origin: AS3333
mnt-by: RIPE-NCC-MNT
created: 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
last-modified: 2008-09-10T14:27:53Z
source: RIPE

% This query was served by the RIPE Database Query Service version 1.75 (DB-4)

This documentation is in draft status.
Please send any feedback or feature requests to ripe-dbm@ripe.net.