|TLD type||Reserved top-level domain|
|Status||Reserved to prevent conflict and confusion|
|Intended use||In documentation or for internal testing|
|Structure||Those using it for testing can use it in any desired structure|
The name test is reserved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in RFC 2606 (June 1999) as a domain name that is not intended to be installed as a top-level domain (TLD) in the global Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet for production use.
Reserved DNS names
The reasons for reservation of these top-level domain names is to reduce the likelihood of conflict and confusion. This allows the use of these names for either documentation purposes or in local testing scenarios.
- RFC 2606 (BCP 32), Reserved Top Level DNS Names, D. Eastlake, A. Panitz, The Internet Society (June 1999)