The program main window
consists of the input area where you can enter your query, the menu
and toolbar for performing standard operations, and the output
window where query results are displayed. The output window
consists of the Results tree (the left panel) that lists all
queried IP addresses and domains, and the text area (the right
panel), where the current query information is displayed.
To obtain information about an
IP address, hostname, or domain, just enter it in the input box and
hit the Enter key (Ctrl+ Enter in case of domain queries or Shift +
Ctrl + Enter in case of IP / Host queries), or click on the
button. Alternatively you can
choose a recent query from the drop-down list. If you would like to
learn more about the difference between IP addresses, hostnames,
and domains, please see the Types of Queries chapter.
displays information obtained from the whois servers as a set of
items represented by icons. A query result does not necessarily
contain all of the items because the amount of data returned by
whois servers depends on the specific IP address.
Click here to see the meaning of
the right panel
The left panel displays all the
IP addresses and domain names you have queried during the session
represented by icons. Every IP address, hostname, or domain in the
tree is represented by a node that includes several branches. The
parent node is the IP address, hostname, or domain that you
entered. The child branches are the
net blocks in which this IP address was found. You can browse
through the branches by clicking on them. When a new query is sent
all the old threads are collapsed and a new thread is
created. Click here to see the meaning of
- clears the output window,
both the Results tree and the text area.
opens a SmartWhois archive or
batch file. If a SmartWhois archive is opened its contents are
displayed. If some results are already present in the Results tree
and text area, they will be merged with the archived data. If a
batch file is opened, all IP addresses or domain names contained in
it are processed.
Save - All
Results - saves all the
results from the tree into a SmartWhois archive, XML, XLS, or text file.
Selected Results - saves
selected results from the tree into a SmartWhois
archive, XML, XLS, or text
Current Result - saves the current result from the text area
into a SmartWhois archive, HTML, XML, XLS, or text
- prints the current
- closes the
address / Hostname –
performs an IP address / Hostname query.
Domain – performs a
– performs queries for the text
on the clipboard.
Window – performs
queries for the text in the last active window of a
– terminates queries in
progress. This item is grayed when no query is being
– updates selected queries in
the Results tree by contacting the whois server again.
- copies selected text from the
text area to the clipboard.
- pastes the clipboard contents
into the input area.
– deletes selected text in
input area. If the Results tree is active, the selected queries in
the tree will be deleted.
All - selects all text
in the text area. If the Results tree is active, all queries in the
tree will be selected.
- shows or hides the
Headers – shows or hides
the headers of the results and information details
Panel – shows or hides
the left panel.
Bar - shows or hides the
- opens a
window that shows raw information as it was received from the
Console – opens a window for making
a custom query. You can specify the whois server you want to query
and make a specific type of
opens a window where you can enter your notes about IP addresses, hostnames, or
codes - opens a window with
the list of countries and two letter codes assigned to them.
– opens the Font dialog.
font is used for the menus,
tool bar, status bar, as well as other parts of the program.
The Left Panel
font is for the IP address
tree, and the Right Panel
font is for the text
area. Restore default
fonts option resets the
– opens the Background colors
dialog for the Left Panel
default colors resets
the user settings.
Address to Hostname – – check this item if you
want SmartWhois to perform a reverse DNS lookup. See the Configuring SmartWhois chapter for
check this item if you want SmartWhois to ping hosts. See
the Configuring SmartWhois chapter for more
– allows you to select the
SmartWhois interface language.
the configuration dialog.
– opens the help
Help On – opens the
SmartWhois help index.
Started – displays the
SmartWhois usage hints in the text area.
Tutorial – opens the Web
site with SmartWhois tutorial.
Check for an
Update on the Web –
opens the update downloading dialog window. Please follow the instructions on
the screen to download and install the latest upgrade for
SmartWhois from the TamoSoft web site.
– shows the
Right-clicking on the Results
tree pops up the following menu:
- saves the information about
the selected queries into a SmartWhois archive, XML, XLS, text, or HTML
- refreshes the results of the
- deletes selected
All – selects all
results in the tree.
Source - opens a window
and shows raw
information as it was received from the whois server. View
Source window has a context menu that allows you to copy the output
to the clipboard, select and save the output, change the font for
the window, or toggle word wrap.
Console – opens whois
console; the selected IP address or domain is filled into the query
Notes – opens a window
where you can put your notes about IP addresses, hostnames or
ranges as CIDR – if this
option is enabled, IPv6 ranges in the Results tree will be shown in
the CIDR format. This saves some space in the left
Right-clicking on the right
panel pops up a context menu with the following commands:
- copies selected text
to the clipboard.
URL – copies the URL
under the mouse pointer to the clipboard.
- selects all text in
the text area.
Source - opens a window
and shows raw
information as it was received from a whois server. View Source
window has a context menu that allows you to copy the output to the
clipboard, select and save the output, change the font for the
window, or toggle word wrap.
- allows you to search
for the selected text using one of the major Web search engines or
Usenet. You can modify the list of the search engines by
clicking Search for
Reporting – use this
command to pass the information about the owner of an IP address or
domain to your e-mail application. When you use this command,
SmartWhois will create a new message in your e-mail application and
put some basic information into the body message. Be sure to
customize this message before sending it, i.e.
include all the details about the network attack or spam message