How do I add an SPF record to my domain name?

This FAQ will explain how to add an SPF record to your domain name.

The below step by step instructions will show you how to create a new SPF record for your domain name, as well as explaining what an SPF record is.


An SPF record is a Sender Policy Framework record, and is actually a specific type of TXT record.

An SPF record is used to stop people receiving forged email. By adding an SPF record into your DNS configuration any mail servers receiving email, that is allegedly from you, will check that the email has come from a trusted source. The trusted sources are provided by the SPF record that you set up.

To add an SPF record to your 123-reg domain name, please do the following:

Firstly, you need to ensure your domain is pointed to our nameservers:

  • ns.123-reg.co.uk
  • ns2.123-reg.co.uk

Please note: If the domain is not pointed to the 123-reg nameservers, you will be unable to manage them from the 123-reg control panel.

For more information on changing your nameservers please view the following article: How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?


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You will need to generate the record first this can be done at Microsoft's SPF record wizard.

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Once you have the record, you will need to apply it to your domain name, this is done in the 123-reg control panel.

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In the Domain names section, select the relevant domain name in the drop-down list and click on the Manage button.

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Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and click on the Manage DNS (A, MX, CNAME, TXT) link.

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From the Advanced DNS tab.

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Select TXT/SPF from the Type drop down list in the Add new entry section.

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In the Hostname field enter an @ symbol.

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In the Destination TXT/SPF field enter your SPF record.

Please note: If you are using 123 email, then you should use the following SPF record: v=spf1 mx a ip4:94.136.40.163 a:mailex.mailcore.me -all.


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Click on the Add new entry button to save the new record.

Please note: Some users may wish to add multiple SPF records to their domain name. We do not recommend adding multiple SPF records, and instead suggest that you merge your SPF records into one.

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