Using example domains

If you ever find yourself writing documentation and want to specify an example domain, you might do for example, right? Well as it turns out, there actually are IANA-approved domains just for this use. Here is the doc – it’s RFC 2606

Basically, it reserves the top-level-domains (TLD) of:

  • .test
  • .example
  • .invalid
  • .localhost

and for actual full domain names, it reserves:


Per this page on IANA, it says: “These domains may be used as illustrative examples in documents without prior coordination with us.”

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