Whenever changes are made to DNS or Domain Name Server records, DNS propagation kicks in. This could take several hours, or even days to complete, and during this time your DNS IP will fluctuate. Your visitors may end up at your new website or the old website.
If you want to check the current state of your DNS records during DNS propagation, we have a list of seven useful online tools you can use to do this. The tools are free and pretty straightforward to use. I hope you find them useful.
Clear DNS Cache in macOS High Sierra or Older Versions
Clearing or resetting DNS caches in your MacOS is a good idea as it speeds up the lookups.
You can also clear DNS via command prompt with windows using below command
1. DNS Google
Did you know that Google also has its own tool to check DNS? The tool returns the DNS authoritive response of a domain as well as an IP address, both the IPv4 and IPv6. It supports all common the type of DNS entry include A, CNAME, and some security related entries like CAA, NSEC, and IPSECKEY.
DNSCheck allows you to check DNS propagation from multiple points around the globe which include several locations in the EU, US, Asia, plus it also includes the autoritative response from the domain NS.
Check DNS propagation from 21 locations. Record type supported includes: A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, PTR, SOA, TXT.
Another great tool to check DNS propagation from serveral servers around the globe. It supports most of the DNS entry like A, AAAA, and CNAME. It also provide you a handful list of FAQ such as what is DNS and how it works, what is “DNS propagation”, etc. which gives you the additional know-how around DNS.
5. DNS Lookup
Here is another tool that checks from from 17 locations. Record type supported include: A, MX, NS, SPF, TXT. The site also provides other free email and website tools as well as testing services.
Here’s one that does DNS checks from 22 locations and you can check the following record types: A, AAAA, CNAME, NS, MX, TXT, SOA.
7. DNS Checker
Run a DNS propagation check from 22 locations worldwide. Record types supported by this tool include A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, PTR, SOA and TXT.
Check DNS of a domain name from selected global DNS servers in different locations of the world from major providers like Google, Norton, and Verisign.
9. DNS Tester
A simple tool to test DNS propagation from DNS servers in several different countries as well as from big DNS providers like Google, Cloudflare and OpenDNS.
This tool uncovers DNS propgation in all continents and almost every country around the world. It even retrieve DNS resolution from multiple sources on each country it covers. On top fo that, the tool still allows you to check the propagation in just selected country or contentinent.