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How to verify if SPF record is setup correctly

How to verify if SPF records is setup correctly

There are various methods to find out if the SPF record is setup correctly and below are some tools that can be used for verification:

a) Command Prompt

Start -> Run -> cmd
Type: nslookup -q=txt domain name

And for the valid SPF record, the output should be as below:

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Server:  resolver1.opendns.com
Address:  208.67.222.222

Non-authoritative answer:
domain name   text =

        "v=spf1 include:spf.mschosting.com -all" (Sample of valid Xantec default SPF record)

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b) Checking from URL

- Open the URL http://www.kitterman.com/spf/validate.html in web browser
- Enter the domain in Domain Name field.
- Click on "Get SPF Record(if any)" button.
- The results will be displayed for the SPF record.

If there are any errors on SPF record, the results are displayed at the bottom of the page.


c) Checking from URL

- URL checkingOpen the URL http://mxtoolbox.com/spf.aspx in web browser
- Enter the domain name in the Domain Name field.
- Click on SPF Record Lookup
- The results will be displayed for the SPF record.

If there are any errors on SPF record, the error results will be displayed.

** Please be advised that any recent update on SPF record will not be reflected immediately on those checking portal as might need some time for the dns to propagate **

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