FAQ

What are Tezos Domains?

Tezos Domains is a distributed, open and extensible naming system using the Tezos blockchain.

The main function is to translate a meaningful and user-friendly alias to it's corresponding Tezos address and vice versa. This translation is globally consistent so that all users see the same address for a given alias.

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How much does a Tezos Domain cost?

We are currently pricing all domains at 1 per year.

The initial auction period may drive the prices of popular domains higher. The higher price will only be paid for the first year. Renewals for following years will have standard pricing.


Why auctions?

To ensure fairness when distributing domains when we launch.

Without auctions, people could spam the network with thousands of automatic registration requests within minutes from launch. The default auction period will only take 3 weeks from start to finish, because we want to open Tezos Domains to direct registrations as soon as possible.

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What kinds of names can be registered?

Initially, registration will be open for domain names that are at least 5 characters long (not including the top-level domain .tez). We plan on opening registration for shorter domains later this year.

We currently only allow names with latin characters, numbers and hyphens. International (Unicode) names are a strong possibility in the future though.


How can I add an avatar to my domain?

You can use Gravatar to add an avatar to your domain. To do this, simply:

  1. After signing in to Gravatar, click on View rating next to your avatar.
  2. Copy the e-mail hash. For example, if the page says "Email Hash: 8a983da4c80a708808922ae23413bc78", simply copy the value "8a983da4c80a708808922ae23413bc78".
  3. On the detail page of your Tezos Domain, click Edit and then open the Additional Data list.
  4. In the Add new key picker, select Gravatar Hash and hit Add key. Then paste the hash in the Gravatar Hash field and save the domain


Somebody outbid me in an auction. Where is my money now?

When you are outbid by someone else, the former highest bid is safely stored in the contract. You can either use the balance to place another bid or withdraw it at any time.

Learn more about auction balances