Months ago the idea of a "Global Name Registrar Contract" was thrown around. There is code to deploy one out there, but is there an official one that official clients (geth / Mist / etc) will use by default yet?


An Ethereum Request for Comment (ERC) titled "Default Ethereum Name Registrar" is on Github so it is in progress.

The primary author is Alex Van de Sande (avsa@ethdev.com) who is employed by the Ethereum Foundation and is directly working on Mist.


There is EtherID which has 15k names/domains registered already.

ether id

It's a DApp by the way and works directly on your geth/eth client.

To enable it, run allow geth access by etherid.org like that:

geth --rpc --rpccorsdomain "http://etherid.org" 

The most secure way to work with EtherID is through the mist browser. The developer pre-release is available here (v0.3.6).

Source code is available on github.

  • The problem is that it seems useless if the average user doesn't know about it. (See: Alternate DNS servers that never really caught on.) This sort of thing really has to be integrated into Mist or geth. – linagee Jan 20 '16 at 20:22
  • it is fully compatible with mist and geth. – Afr Jan 20 '16 at 20:23
  • I think you misunderstand me. An average user downloads the Ethereum Wallet. They type "bob" in the address fields. Does the Ethereum Wallet start using EtherID for resolution? – linagee Jan 20 '16 at 20:26
  • that's what etherid does, you type "bob" and you end up on an ipfs link. – Afr Feb 3 '16 at 10:25

[Adding another answer instead of editing my last one, in case the "ENS" in my last answer is useful for historical reasons... ]

The Ethereum Name Service "...offers a secure and decentralised way to address resources both on and off the blockchain using simple, human-readable names."

The documentation, including an FAQ, can be found here: http://docs.ens.domains/en/latest/

Bidding on a name via an auction is covered in a previous question: How can I bid in an ENS auction?


Have a look at ENS (Ethereal Name Space).

There's a talk from DevCon1 available here.

  • Will this be implemented by default in any official Ethereum software? (geth or Mist) – linagee Jan 20 '16 at 18:52
  • It's being developed by Nexus, which I believe is a private firm. I don't believe there's anything to say this will be used by default, either. – Richard Horrocks Jan 20 '16 at 18:57

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