I want to inspect TXT records for my domain, such as SPF records. I tried the following command with nslookup but it didn't list the TXT records:

nslookup -type=TXT example.com

What is the correct command, or is there a better tool use on Windows 7?

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    The command above works but villagevines.com has no TXT records however www.villagevines.com does. – user9517 Aug 24 '10 at 20:38
  • Please see answer by WilfriedVS, which works as a charm – lucaferrario Apr 29 '15 at 8:49
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    Not sure if this parameter available on Windows 7, but on Windows 10 nslookup -q=txt example.com works for me. – Jedidja Oct 31 '16 at 15:11

First start nslookup without parameters, then type set type=txt, then type the domain name.

nslookup <enter>
set type=txt <enter>



Default Server:  mydnsserver

> set type=txt

> villagevines.com

Server:  mydnsserver


*** No text (TXT) records available for villagevines.com

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    This is the real answer to the question and should be marked as such! – lucaferrario Apr 29 '15 at 8:48
  • Updated to use this as the answer. – Josh May 26 '16 at 17:33
  • This doesn't work for me, but maybe because I'm looking up a .no domain? – wogsland Oct 12 '20 at 8:03

I have no ideea why but if you add an IP of a nameser at the end it will work.
I have added google's dns name in this case:

nslookup -type=TXT villagevines.com

It can be your local DNS service.

HTH next time when you need to query your TXT records.

  • The last parameter is the DNS to use. Maybe the default is to use the ISPs and that DNS is caching old data. This might work soon after a DNS TXT record change. – tgkprog Apr 4 '16 at 19:01
  • If you type : nslookup /? will see : nslookup [-opt ...] host server # just look up 'host' using 'server' – tgkprog Apr 4 '16 at 19:01

Download BIND for Windows, there is a Windows port of dig in that. You should use dig instead of nslookup.

If you're a Powershell fan (like me) you can also download the Powershell Dig Cmdlet which should get TXT records for you directly within powershell. Good stuff.

PS> Get-Dns -Name mydomain.com -Type TXT

The link for Get-Dns does not work, the standard Powershell cmdlet to do this is

PS> Resolve-DnsName villagevines.com -Type TXT

See more on Resolve-DnsName

  • That only works on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, question was about Windows 7 – LJT May 26 '16 at 5:59

In Windows 10, this work:

nslookup -q=TXT villagevines.com 

Update: At this moment 2021-03-29, in Windows 10, you can use old nslookup syntax

nslookup -type=TXT villagevines.com 

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