Check DNS ALIAS Records

An ALIAS record maps one DNS record to another record of the same type. DNS Check can monitor ALIAS records, and verify that they're working correctly. For example, in the screenshot below we're checking if the A record maps to the same IP address(es) as the A record:

Check if ALIAS DNS record exists for the APEX domain that points to the www subdomain

ALIAS records differ from a CNAME record in the following ways:

  1. ALIAS records can be used for a domain's APEX.

    CNAME records are incredibly handy but have the limitation of not being usable for the apex (or root) of a domain. This is also sometimes called the "naked domain". In the above screenshot, is the apex domain.

    ALIAS records do not share this limitation. This is one of the primary reasons that ALIAS records were created.

  2. ALIAS records require a single DNS lookup. CNAME records might require multiple lookups.

    ALIAS records alias one domain name transparently to another. In other words, if you do a DNS lookup on an ALIAS record, the response contains the aliased record's values, without any reference to the fact that an ALIAS is in place.

    By contrast, if you do a lookup on a DNS record that is a CNAME, the DNS resolver sometimes needs to do two or more queries. For example, if you lookup the A record, what gets returned is a CNAME record pointing to Your DNS resolver will then need to query the A record unless an upstream resolver already did this for you.

  3. ALIAS records apply to a single DNS record type.

    If you create an ALIAS record that maps the A record to, then this mapping only applies to A records.

    CNAME records, by contrast, apply to all record types.

    If you create a CNAME record which aliases to, then all DNS records get aliased to This could include A, AAAA, MX, and TXT records, for example.

  4. ALIAS records are non-standard. CNAME records are a widely supported standard.

    ALIAS records are non-standard. They aren't specced in any RFCs and are not supported by most DNS servers or hosting providers.

    ALIAS records also don't have a standard name at this point. Other names, like "ANAME" are sometimes used for DNS records that offer similar functionality.

    Those DNS hosting providers who do support ALIAS records differ in their implementations. For example, some DNS providers support ALIAS record functionality for A and AAAA records only, while others support more record types.

    Here are some DNS hosting providers that offer what we refer to as ALIAS records:

    Most DNS providers support CNAME records.

How to Check ALIAS Records

When entering a new ALIAS record into DNS Check, the following fields are present:

Field Description Example
Name The fully qualified domain name of the record that's to alias.
Type The DNS record type to alias. A
Value The fully qualified domain name that the Name aliases.
Require exact match

With this option On, the records returned when looking up the Name must exactly match the records returned when looking up the Value.

With this option Off, the records returned when looking up the Name must be a subset or exact match of the records returned when looking up the Value.


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