AR.IO presents ArNS: Arweave Name Service


Frequendly Asked Questions

arns Frequently asked questions

The tokens you may receive are used solely for the purposes of the Pilot program. It has no value and all of the names and registry will be removed at the end of the program

There is no AR.IO token as of now, but one will be released with the launch of AR.IO gateways.

The ArDrive token evolve into the AR.IO token. More on this in the future.

To get ArDrive tokens today, you can participate in our usage mining rewards - Inferno.

We will be collecting feedback as part of this program and seek to launch the first production version of ArNS within the AR.IO network later this year.

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An Arweave Name Token is a Smartweave-based token, that is connected to each registered ArNS Name. The token gives the owner the ability to update the subdomains and arweave transaction IDs used by the registered name.

Yes! You can update the Arweave Transaction ID for your friendly name at any time, for only the AR Gas Cost.

Each name can be accessed from the individual domains of each gateway that resolves names from ArNS. It is the Gateway Operators responsibility to operate and maintain their own DNS names.

At this time, the only Gateway resolving ArNS names uses the DNS name

It is not recommended to use any test name created during this Pilot Program for production use cases. These names are only hosted out of our test gateway which does not guarantee the same uptime and performance of

The Arweave Name System maps friendly names to any app, page or file stored on Arweave, and allow the user to access this data from each individual Gateway and its Domain Name provider.

Decentralized domain services, like Unstoppable Domains, are top level domains that AR.IO Gateway Operators could leverage for their own hosting purposes. Imagine being able to use your ArNS friendly name hosted out of an AR.IO Gateway using an unstoppable domain (like https://my-name.some-gateway.crypto).

Other naming services like the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) and Bonfida (Solana name service) provide name services on single domains (like .eth or .sol) and map friendly names to wallets and cryptographic identities.

The Arweave Name System (ANS) is also a service that ties friendly identifiers to an Arweave wallet identity.

Purchasing a name during the Pilot involves spending the test ArNS token. Name prices are determined by the amount of characters in the name. The fee schedule is as follows, denominated in Test ArNS token.

Characters Test AR.IO Tokens
1 4218750000
2 1406250000
3 468750000
4 156250000
5 62500000
6 25000000
7 10000000
8 5000000
9 1000000
10 500000
11 450000
12 400000
13 350000
14 300000
15 250000
16 200000
17 175000
18 150000
19 125000

These fees are for the pilot program only, and will be subject to change for the launch of the main AR.IO token and ArNS Registry.

The following rules are applied when a name is purchased. These rules may change during the Pilot program or before the main release.

  • The name must not already be taken, and not reserved (like www)

  • Valid names include only numbers 0-9, characters a-z, dashes and underscores.

    • dashes and underscores cannot be trailing characters

    • dashes and underscores cannot used in single character domains

    • 1 character minimum, 20 character maximum

  • Price is determined by the amount of characters in the name

  • Price is hardcoded and the caller must have the amount of tokens to spend

  • Purchasing a record must include a valid ANT Smartweave Contract address of 43 characters that includes only numbers 0-9, characters a-z, dashes and underscores.

Not yet! We are working with different ecosystem market places to support secondary markets for buying and selling Arweave Name Tokens.

If you just purchased or updated a name, it will take AR.IO Gateways up 30 minutes to cache the update.

Having issues getting your name updated? Reach out to us for help?

No. If the name is available in the registry, and you have the tokens to purchase it, it can be bought and registered instantly using a valid ANT Smartweave contract.

There are no name renewals in the ArNS Pilot, and all name purchases have no expiry. This is a feature that will be addressed in the production release of the AR.IO Network.

During the Pilot program, test ArNS Tokens are burnt from the total supply when they are spent on names. We are looking at how this feature will operate for the production release of the AR.IO Network to ensure a balanced token ecosystem.