ENS, or the Ethereum Name Service, is a name extension built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. It enables users to register human-readable names (such as "mynft.eth") that can be used to interact with Ethereum smart contracts, decentralized applications (dApps), and other blockchain-based services.
ENS translates human-readable name extension into Ethereum addresses or other metadata associated with those addresses, such as a public key for receiving cryptocurrency payments or a decentralized website hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).
ENS allows users to send and receive cryptocurrency payments using easy-to-remember names instead of long and complicated Ethereum addresses. For example, instead of sending cryptocurrency to 0x56d3D65...F08Bf, a user can send it to "mynft.eth". This makes it much easier for people to remember and use their Ethereum addresses, especially as more services and applications are built on the Ethereum network.
On Etherscan, we've enabled ENS to be shown directly on the website's interface as Name Tags. We also provide users with a directory to look for any registered address.
How to Add an ENS Name Tag
To have the Name Tag displayed on Etherscan, you'll need to set up both forward and reverse resolution and point each to the same address & name.
Look for and register an available ENS domain here: app.ens.domains
Set reverse record
Check that your reverse record is set correctly
Make sure that the forward resolved address (the first address under Records) is set to the same address used for reverse record
Once you have completed the steps above, voila! You will see your ENS Name Tag displayed proudly on the Address page on Etherscan.
- An ENS domain may not necessarily be owned by the person or entity popularly associated with the name. For example, elon.eth and tesla.eth may have been bought by a random member of the Ethereum community instead of Elon Musk or Tesla, Inc. Please take care not to fall for any tricks related to any mis-association of names.
- Some domain names can be bought that includes characters from more than one Unicode alphabet. This may also be used to trick unsuspecting users. For example, the name vítalik.eth (with one i having an accent mark) could be used in a phishing attempt.
- If you prefer not to have your ENS domain displayed on Etherscan, simply remove either the forward or reverse record from the same address.