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API commands

Please find in the following a set of the most commonly used standard API commands in order to register, modify, renew, and transfer a domain name.

Domain Registration

(API Command reference » AddDomain)
command         = AddDomain
domain          = yourdomain.gal
period          = (INT)
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
admincontact0   = (CONTACT)
techcontact0    = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0	= (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1 	= (NAMESERVER)

After a successful registration of the domain, it will be transfer locked from the registry for a period of 60 days.

Domain Modification

(API Command reference » ModifyDomain)
command = ModifyDomain
domain  = yourdomain.gal

Domain Renewal

(API Command reference » RenewDomain)
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.gal
period     = (INT)
expiration = (INT)

Domain Deletion

(API Command reference » DeleteDomain)
command = DeleteDomain
domain  = yourdomain.gal

Domain Transfer

(API Command reference » TransferDomain)
command = TransferDomain
domain  = yourdomain.gal
action  = request
auth    = .......

Transfer procedure

  • After the transfer has been requested, our backend system sends a confirmation email to the Owner/Admin-C according to the WHOIS of the respective domain. In order to initiate the transfer successfully it is important, that this email is confirmed.
  • After confirmation the transfer is initiated through the official registry and the losing registrar will receive the transfer request.
  • The losing registrar will also send an email to the Owner/Admin-C. allowing him/her to deny the transfer. If you do not respond to the email of the losing registrar, then the transfer will get processed successfully after 5 days.

If the Email-Address in the WHOIS is invalid, then the transfer cannot be processed.If this is the case, then kindly contact your current registrar and ask him to update the WHOIS information accordingly.

Transfer notes

  • A .gal domain transfer must be initiated with a so-called authorisation code, which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner or Admin-C of the domain.
  • Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (REGISTRAR-LOCK or HOLD). This can be seen in the WHOIS.
  • If the domain is locked, then the owner can demand that the domain will be unlocked.
  • Please note that we are only allowed to initiate a gTLD transfer after confirmation of the "ICANN Form of Authorization" by the current registrant. The policies can be viewed under http://www.icann.org/transfers/
  • After a successful transfer of the domain, it will be transfer locked from the registry for a period of 60 days.


The format for auth info requires a minimum length of 8 characters and a maximum length of 32 characters.

Additionally, auth info must contain at least one of each of the following three character types:

  • Alphabetic characters: a-z; A-Z
  • Numeric characters: 0-9
  • Special characters: !;<=$%?&@[()]*^+-,'-{.|/}:~

Domain Restore

(API Command reference » RestoreDomain)
command = RestoreDomain
domain  = yourdomain.gal

Domain Extensions

X-INTENDED-USE* Statement of intended use for the domain name including explicit reference to the applicants' claimed right to the name (if not the corporate name of the applicant)

* For example, if the domain name matches a trademark, the TM number must be provided

* max. 256 characters

Domain Restrictions

The RSP makes sure through it's Registration Agreement that the registrant acknowledges and agrees to the Eligibility Requirements of the different Pegistration Periods. Further details can be found on the registry website and the official .gal portal.

  • To register and renew a .gal domain name, RNH must be an individual or legal entity with a nexus to the .gal community at the time of registration and thereafter.
  • Registrations under the .gal TLD are restricted to those fulfilling these two requirements:
    • a) bona-fide membership of the Galician linguistic and cultural community on the Internet. The community consists of those who use (or commit to use) the Galician language for their online communications, and/or promote the different aspects of Galician culture online, and/or intend to specifically address their online communications and services to that community.
    • b) subject to the further requirement that the registrant’s actions in the Galician linguistic and cultural community, as well as the registrant’s use of the registered domain name, must be:
  • generally accepted as legitimate; and beneficial to the cause and the values of the Galician linguistic and cultural community; and commensurate with the role and importance of the registered domain name; and in good faith at the time of registration and thereafter.
  • RNH is required to state the intended use of the registered domain name. A false statement of intended use is an indication of bad faith and can be the basis for the suspension of the domain name.
  • Upon registration and during all the life of the .gal domain name RNH must be able to demonstrate either of the aforementioned requirements is applicable.

Supported IDN Scripts

The following IDN scripts are supported by .gal


Get more information of "IDN tables", which represent permitted code points (letters) allowed for Internationalised Domain Name registrations in particular registries on IANA Repository of IDN Practices.

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