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Shell script to check / monitor domain renew / expiration date

Update: Check out new improved domain-check script.

Forgetting to renew your domain name can happen to all of us. According to this post:
Reports are coming in from Germany that Google.de was down for many hours yesterday, and has now gone live again. We’re trying to confirm the reason, but it appears to be because Google forgot to renew the Google.de domain name..

I am going to share my little (read as dirty) shell script. It monitors and lists domain expiration date.

whois command line client for the whois directory service. It provides domain whois information. To find out nixcraft.com domain information you need to type:
$ whois nixcraft.com

Find domain expiration date

To get expiration date use grep command:
$ whois nixcraft.com | egrep -i 'Expiration|Expires on'

 Expiration Date: 10-may-2009
NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.
      Expires on: 10-May-09

Here is my script:

# Domain name list - add your domainname here
DOM="theos.in cricketnow.in nixcraft.com nixcraft.org nixcraft.biz nixcraft.net nixcraft.info cyberciti.biz cyberciti.org gite.in nixcraft.in"
for d in $DOM
  echo -n "$d - "
  whois $d | egrep -i 'Expiration|Expires on' | head -1
  # If you need list..
  # whois $d | egrep -i 'Expiration|Expires on' | head -1 >> /tmp/domain.date
  echo ""
# [ -f /tmp/domain.date ] && mail -s 'Domain renew / expiration date' you@yahoo.com < /tmp/domain.date || :


theos.in - Expiration Date:28-Oct-2007 13:01:58 UTC

cricketnow.in - Expiration Date:29-Jul-2008 09:17:56 UTC

nixcraft.com -    Expiration Date: 10-may-2009

nixcraft.org - Expiration Date:13-Aug-2007 14:58:30 UTC

nixcraft.biz - Domain Expiration Date:                      Fri Jun 01 23:59:59 GMT 2007

nixcraft.net -    Expiration Date: 11-dec-2007

nixcraft.info - Expiration Date:26-Jun-2007 11:05:13 UTC

cyberciti.biz - Domain Expiration Date:                      Tue Jun 30 23:59:59 GMT 2009

cyberciti.org - Expiration Date:25-May-2007 11:20:40 UTC

gite.in - Expiration Date:14-Sep-2007 06:47:36 UTC

nixcraft.in - Expiration Date:02-Feb-2008 05:33:08 UTC

Install a script and run on weekly / monthly basis via Linux/UNIX Cron facility.

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Miguel April 3, 2007, 2:42 pm

    really cool idea! It happened to me many times… and I am really stupid that I never thougth about this simple solution….
    Thanks :)

  • Joe Peled January 27, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Here’s my twist on that script – this can be ran periodically (daily/weekly/etc) and used to notify of domains expiring – can be called by nagios, etc.

    if [ $# -ne 2 ]; then
            echo "usage: $0  "
            exit 1
    expiration_string=`whois "$domain" |  egrep -i 'Expiration|Expires on' | head -1  | awk '{print $NF}'`
    if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
            echo "ERROR executing whois for the $domain domain - $expiration_string"
            exit 1
    expiration_epoch=`date --date="$expiration_string" '+%s'`
    rightnow_epoch=`date '+%s'`
    seconds_left=`expr $expiration_epoch - $rightnow_epoch`
    days_left=`expr $seconds_left / 86400`
    if [ $days_left -le $expiration_days ]; then
    echo "$msg - $domain expires in $days_left days"
    exit $rc
  • Ham's November 10, 2010, 12:42 am

    For me, this is the simplest script !

    Very good, thanks !

  • Amir Nasir November 3, 2011, 11:31 am

    nice idea bro, thanks for sharing this

  • AZ April 23, 2012, 10:27 pm


    How would you set the script up so that it shows expiration date and name server next to each other?

    Thank you!

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