Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A canonical name, also known as a CNAME or a CNAME record, is a Domain Name System record that is used to establish that a domain name is a nickname for another domain. Using a set of rules, the canonical name of a host computer is translated into the actual domain name, which is then translated into the computer's IP address. Canonical names are essential when running multiple network services on a single computer. For example, a single networked host, "" might have FTP services that are accessed using the canonical name "" and a web server that is accessed using the canonical name ""

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