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What is an AAAA Record?

The AAAA Record points your hostname to an IPv6 address. The record AAAA specifies IP address (IPv6) for given host. In other words, it resolves a domain name (or points the domain name) to the correct location by means of the IPv6 address

The AAAA record has the following look in your ClouDNS Control Panel:

Host: Type: Points to: TTL
hostname.com AAAA ipv6:of:your:web::site 1 Hour

Why do you need an AAAA record?

Let say you have a web site hosted on a server that uses IPv6. You also have purchased a domain name for your site. Now you need to link them. Here is where the AAAA record comes in. It simply maps your domain to your server's IPv6 address.

How to create a DNS AAAA record?

Go to your Control Panel and click on Add new record. Type, as follow:
Type: AAAA
TTL: 1 Hour
Host:
Points to: ipv6:of:your:web::site

How to add an AAAA Record - Step by Step video:

AAAA record VS A record

Both records work in the same manner except for one small detail. With A record, the hostname is resolved to the corresponding IPv4 address. And with the AAAA record, the hostname is resolved to the corresponding IPv6 address. If you have doubts about whether to use A or AAAA, the answer is simple. If your server uses IPv6, you need an AAAA record. Otherwise, if it uses IPv4, then A is required.

AAAA record VS CNAME record

As we explained above, the AAAA record points your domain to the corresponding IPv6 address. On the other hand, CNAME records (for canonical name) map your hostname to another hostname. This is useful for pointing many hosts to the same place and updating them easily.

How to start managing AAAA records for your domain name?

  1. Open free account from here - free forever
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create new Master DNS from the [add new] button - read more here
  5. Add the AAAA records you need as it is described in this article

Support of AAAA records

ClouDNS provides full support for AAAA records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your AAAA records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.

FAQ

Question: What is the difference between A and AAAA records?

Answer: AAAA records are almost the same as the A records, but instead pointing your domain to IPv4 address, they point your domain to an IPv6 address.

Question: Can I have two or even more AAAA records?

Answer: Yes, you can use multiple AAAA records for load-balancing. This way, your AAAA records for the same host will run in Round-Robin fashion.


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