The CNAME record
The CNAME (canonical name) record aliases one domain to another.
Limitations of CNAME aliasing
Because the CNAME record works at the domain-name level, rather than the website level, it is only possible to alias one domain to another: you cannot necessarily alias one website to another.
For example, if your website is hosted at
example.com, and you want to also make it available at
example.net, you could CNAME one domain to another, and both would have your website on them. However, if your website was only available by going to
example.com/mysite, then you cannot make the alias — there’s no way to add the
Here, we query for
CNAME records of the domain
The result is a record pointing to another domain.
$ dog CNAME cname-example.lookup.dog CNAME cname-example.lookup.dog. 1h00m00s "dns.lookup.dog."
Use in A record queries
It’s possible for a CNAME record to be returned as the response to an A or an AAAA query, followed by the IPv4 or IPv6 address of the domain specified in the CNAME record.
$ dog A cname-example.lookup.dog CNAME cname-example.lookup.dog. 1h00m00s "dns.lookup.dog." A dns.lookup.dog. 1h00m00s 188.8.131.52