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What is a TXT record?

A TXT record is a type of DNS record that is relatively unique in that it is not used to map a hostname to a server.  A TXT record, instead, is read by outside sources for a variety of purposes.  The most common uses for a TXT record include:

SPF Records:

SPF records are used to restrict which servers are allowed to send mail from the domain name. SPF records are used to reduce the amount of spam coming from a given domain name.  For more information on SPF records, follow this link


There are a number of different web services that require a domain owner to enter a TXT record in order to verify ownership of the domain name.  The most common example we see is Google Apps.  To view Google Apps' TXT record values, follow this link.

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