© 2006 Igor Tolmachev, IT Samples
Host is a command prompt Windows utility ported from the Unix Host utility.

Host looks for the information about Internet hosts. It gets this information from a set of interconnected servers that are spread across the world.

By default, it simply converts between host names and Internet addresses.
However, with the [-d] or [-a] options, it can be used to find all of the information about this host that is maintained by the domain server (A, MX, NS records, TTL).

The arguments can be either host names or host numbers. First, the program attempts to interpret them as host numbers. If this fails, it will treat them as host names. A host number consists of IPv4 dotted decimal quad ( A host name consists of names separated by dots, e.g.

host [-a] [-d] [-t tries]

host example: -a -d -t 10
There are three options that can be used after the host name.

-a   Displays 'all' the information, including A, MX and NS records. Network transactions are not shown in detail.
-d   Turn on debugging. Network transactions are shown in detail.
-t   Number of tries to lookup the host.
host example: -a

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification!


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


version: 1.1   download   (40KB, revised February 3, 2007)


If you encounter a problem while running this utility or you have any suggestions, comments, you can send a message to support (at)