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API commands

Please find in the following a set of the most commonly used standard API commands in order to register, modify, renew, and transfer a domain name.

Domain Registration

(API Command reference » AddDomain)
Command
command         = AddDomain
domain          = yourdomain.bio
period          = (INT)
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
admincontact0   = (CONTACT)
techcontact0    = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0	= (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1 	= (NAMESERVER)

After a successful registration of the domain, it will be transfer locked from the registry for a period of 60 days.

Domain Modification

(API Command reference » ModifyDomain)
Command
command = ModifyDomain
domain  = yourdomain.bio

Domain Renewal

(API Command reference » RenewDomain)
Command
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.bio
period     = (INT)
expiration = (INT)

Domain Deletion

(API Command reference » DeleteDomain)
Command
COMMAND = DeleteDomain
DOMAIN = yourdomain.bio

Domain Transfer

(API Command reference » TransferDomain)
Command
command = TransferDomain
domain = yourdomain.bio
action = REQUEST
auth = (TEXT)

Transfer procedure

  • The transfer is submitted to the registry and the losing registrar is automatically notified by them.
  • The losing registrar sends an email to the owner (and optionally admin) contact, informing about the transfer; this may include options to approve and/or deny the transfer. If neither explicitly approved nor denied, the transfer will be automatically finalized after 5 days.

Transfer notes

  • A .bio domain transfer must be initiated with a so-called authorisation code, (auth-code) which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner/admin contact of the domain.
  • Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (clientTransferProhibited and/or serverTransferProhibited). This can be seen in WHOIS.
  • If the domain has a client-side transfer lock, the owner can ask the current registrar to have the lock removed.

These procedures only apply for domain transfers between registrars. For internal transfers between resellers, please consult our documentation about internal transfers/usertransfers.

Auth-Codes

The format for auth info requires a minimum length of 6 characters and a maximum length of 16 characters.

Additionally, auth info must contain at least one of each of the following three character types:

  • Alphabetic characters: a-z; A-Z
  • Numeric characters: 0-9
  • Special characters: !;<=$%?&@[()]*^+-,'-{.|/}:~

Domain Restore

(API Command reference » RestoreDomain)
Command
command = RestoreDomain
domain  = yourdomain.bio

Domain Restrictions

Eligibility Requirements

Anyone can register a .bio domain. However, if the content on your website is related to the following industries, you’ll need to make sure that the content falls within the guidelines of IFOAM Organics International’s Principles of Organic Agriculture.

Examples include:

  • Certified organic producers, farmers, distributors and the like
  • Certified organic textile and skincare providers
  • Organic restaurants and venues
  • Certifiers in the organic community
  • Publications, journalists and bloggers catering to the organic community and industry
  • Non-profit, not-for-profit and trade associations that primarily serve and represent the organic community

Please review the .bio Domain Name Policy.

Supported IDN Scripts

The following IDN scripts are supported by .bio.
Provide the LANGUAGE TAG corresponding to your desired IDN within the AddDomain command as X-IDN-LANGUAGE extension.

ArabicARAB
ChineseZH
CyrillicCYRL
DevanagariDEVA
FrenchFR
GermanDE
GreekGREK
HebrewHEBR
JapaneseJA
KoreanKO
LatinLATN
SpanishES
TamilTAML
ThaiTHAI

Get more information of "IDN tables", which represent permitted code points (letters) allowed for Internationalised Domain Name registrations in particular registries on IANA Repository of IDN Practices.

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