How to edit a domain's zone file

To add a resource record (like a CNAME or A record) to your domain name's zone file, you need to follow these steps.

1. Go to the domain's management page

Go to your domain's management page and look down to the “Zone files” area that is on the bottom right-hand side of the page.

2. Create a copy of the zone file (if necessary)

If zone file is not editable

Click "Create a copy":

copy the zone

Rename the zone file (if desired) and click Submit:

rename and assign

You will see a message that says “The zone file has been copied and associated to your domain”:

3. Click "Edit the zone"

Now, at the bottom of the page under “Zone files” you will see a link to “Edit the zone”. Click the link:

Create a new version if necessary

If the copy you just made of the original zone file was a “public” zone (i.e. Gandi default), it will already been activated. You cannot edit an active zone file, so you must click “Create a new version.”

4. Make your changes

You can now make changes to the new version in ”normal” or ”expert” mode by selecting from the dropdown menu on the right-hand side of the page. It looks like this:

Tips on the syntax of each resource record type can be found on the following pages:

5. Activate

Once you are done making your changes, click “Use this version”:

You will be prompted to confirm:

And should then receive confirmation:

Note that changes to your zone file will take from several minutes to several hours to propagate!

See also

Last modified: 09/03/2015 at 15:50 by Ryan A. (Gandi)