User wanting to use a .local domain to host DNS

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Wed Nov 14 15:15:47 UTC 2012

The .local TLD is "reserved" for link-local names, in the context of 
multicast DNS ("mDNS"), however, I don't think mDNS has progressed 
beyond the Internet Draft stage of the IETF Standards Track process. See for latest updates.

It would be imprudent to use .local for anything other mDNS, due to the 
possibility that mDNS might get on the Standards Track some day. Tell 
the user that there are billions of other "private" TLDs from which to 

                                                 - Kevin
On 11/14/2012 10:02 AM, King, Harold Clyde (Hal) wrote:
> I'm a bit confused by a user request. I think he is trying to keep 
> some hosts on the private side of DNS, but he wants to use a DNS name 
> like host.sub.local. I do not know of the use of the .local TLD except 
> in bonjure. Can anyone shed some light on the use of the .local TLD?
> -- 
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