About Us

For a secure and stable internet in Switzerland

Since the early stages of the Swiss internet, SWITCH has been entrusted with a key task as the ICT services provider for Swiss universities: the foundation acts as a domain name registry, managing all domain names with the .ch ending in the global Domain Name System (DNS). SWITCH carries out this task on behalf of the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM.

The work of a domain name registry carries significant responsibility, as the DNS is an essential precondition for a functioning internet. The Federal Council numbers the internet among Switzerland's "critical infrastructures". The DNS for .ch is an invisible yet hugely important service, without which almost no communication could take place in Switzerland. As an independent foundation, SWITCH puts its significant technical expertise to work to fulfil this demanding task, ensuring that the .ch Top Level Domain is one of the most secure in the world.

SWITCH's tasks as a registry

Annual reports of the registry

The registry has published its annual reports on this website since 2017.

Report 2017

SWITCH publications

SWITCH Journal
Annual reports
Brochures

Registrars for .ch

Registering new .ch domain names: Please select a registrar.
Domain names that are already registered: Please contact the registrar administering your domain name for any changes.

List of all registrars

Domain Name Search (Whois)

Is the domain name you want still available?

Domain Name Search