Domain Codex Releases Domain Intelligence Search Engine
There are hundreds of millions of registered domain names in the world, with tens of millions of new domains registered every year. Meaningfully combing through these domain names — and the data associated with them — is a herculean task. Now, an Erie, Pennsylvania-based company (Erie Data Systems) has launched Domain Codex, a new search engine for domain intelligence that it says is simple to use and unique in the marketplace.
“We were upset by the limitations involved in getting vital information for domain intelligence research,” the company explained, “so we set off on our mission to provide domain intelligence in a simple to use platform. Not for one domain but for all the root domains on the Internet.” The company says it did exactly that, crawling the web, creating its own proprietary database of hundreds of millions of domains, and making that domain database searchable to users based on dozens of filters.
The filters available on Domain Codex span a wide range of criteria: the domain name itself, the organization behind the domain name, the geolocation of the server, the start and end dates of the certificate, the IP address, the registrar, the server software, metadata tags on the page, and many more. The filters are applied to a database that the company says (as of the writing of this article) include 379,392,032 root domains; 90,333,769 certificates; 15,537,757 IP addresses; and 122,671 server types.
Domain Codex offers access to this database on both a one-off and ongoing basis, as well as API access that the company says supports all major data output formats and makes Domain Codex’s data easy to integrate with external systems. Since its creation, the tool has also been updated to support real-time, live scans of domains. A spokesperson said that Domain Codex also offers custom lists based on keywords, top-level domain count, and more.
The company says that Domain Codex serves a variety of purposes: private investigation, legal and case research, IP protection (e.g. digital piracy and counterfeits), monitoring of sensitive data, reputation management, brand abuse protection, and geospatial analysis applications. Further, it argues, while other search engines offer website search capabilities, they do not offer specific tools for root domain analysis and related data points, nor do they offer comprehensive views across the domains returned by a given search.