DNS CNAMEs Using @ As The Host Value

September 4, 2014 2.1k views

Hi folks,

I’ve got my primary domain setup with an A record like so:

A          @

And I’d like to add some subdomains, which I’ve tried to do like so:

CNAME      www      @
CNAME      docs     @

The assumption I’m working with is that since the ’@’ is setup as an A record, I should be able to use it as the target of a CNAME record?

However, it’s not working. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • I’m having the same issue. I filed a trouble ticket this morning and they confirmed there’s an issue and it’s been escalated to the engineering team. I would hope that one the issue is fixed, it would be fixed for everyone, but you may want to file a ticket just in case.

  • Ah, good to know. I’ve actually move on from DO DNS already to AWS Route53, which offers much more than simple DNS routing. I’ll just have to trust that this was a bug on DOs side since I’m not going to rig it all up on DO again now.

    Good to know I’m not crazy though.

1 Answer


If you’re still having issues with DNS propagation, please go ahead and open a support ticket so that the team is aware of the situation. The previous issue with the DNS service should be resolved.

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