Redhat / CentOS: Install Internet whois / nicname Client

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How do I install whois client to see whois information about domain and ip address using command line options under Fedora / RHEL / Redhat / CentOS / Scientific Linux?

jwhois is a whois client that accepts both traditional and finger-style queries under RHEL. You can install the same using the yum command. Login as root and type the following command to install the jwhois client:
# yum -y install jwhois
Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: priorities, rhnplugin
70 packages excluded due to repository priority protections
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package jwhois.x86_64 0:4.0-18.el6 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package      Arch         Version             Repository                  Size
 jwhois       x86_64       4.0-18.el6          rhel-x86_64-server-6       104 k

Transaction Summary
Install       1 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 104 k
Installed size: 0  
Downloading Packages:
jwhois-4.0-18.el6.x86_64.rpm                             | 104 kB     00:00     
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing     : jwhois-4.0-18.el6.x86_64                                 1/1 

  jwhois.x86_64 0:4.0-18.el6                                                    


You can use the whois command as follows:
$ whois
$ whois

Sample outputs:

[Redirected to]
%rwhois V-1.5:003fff:00 (by Network Solutions, Inc. V-
network:Organization;I:SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
network:Street-Address:1950 Stemmons Freeway Suite 2043

%referral rwhois://

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

9 comment

  1. I already installed jwhois but the output is always

    [root@mo ~]# whois
    [Unable to connect to remote host]

    How do I fix this? Is there a port that I need to allow in my firewall?

  2. I know the question above is old, but you need to have TCP port 43 open. You may also need to open up ports for referral whois (rwhois), which is usually TCP port 4321.

  3. I know it is a reply to an old answer but I have the same issue as Ryan. I have installed jwhois via yum but still have the following result on any domain queried:-
    [root@machine]# whois
    [Unable to connect to remote host]

    Have tried opening both the ports suggested by Dan but still the same issue.
    Help would be very welcome here.

  4. Hi, Nick,

    I’m not able to test it currently, but you might want to try testing the connectivity to see if there’s something else blocking your connection. Try:

    telnet 43

    And see if it connects. You can also verify where it’s trying to go with tcpdump:

    tcpdump -s0 -p ‘host’

    Likely the port is blocked, the response is blocked (perhaps missing an established), or the response isn’t recognized (such as PAT changing the IP address or port).


  5. By the way, if you’re not on a busy network, you can run tcpdump in promiscuous mode (no -p) and remove the filter to see all of the traffic. I usually write it to a file (-wfilename.cap) and then analyze it with wireshark.

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