GoDaddy Auctions migrates from FTP on June 30

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James Iles

For over a decade, GoDaddy Auctions has provided lists of our domain name inventory to customers via an FTP server.

FTP, also known as File Transfer Protocol, is one of the oldest protocols the Internet supports. In fact, it was originally launched in 1971, over 53 years ago. However, to ensure that we can continue to offer domain name inventory to customers reliably, we’re switching from FTP to a new, faster system.  

Here’s what that means for you. 

We’re migrating from FTP on June 30th, 2024 

Currently, users can connect to GoDaddy Auctions’ FTP server to download daily lists of expiring and Closeout domain names. 

While GoDaddy Auctions has on-site filters available, many power users choose to download these lists and use their own system to search for domain names. 

As of June 30th, the way you access lists changes. To reliably and securely continue supplying domain name lists to you, we are moving from FTP to the free-to-use Inventory Protocol.  

Between now and June 30th, both FTP and our new Inventory Protocol will be available for buyers, allowing a smoother transition between the two services. We will also take this time to get further feedback on Inventory Protocol as we continue to develop it. 

Inventory Protocol 

Launching today is Auctions’ FTP replacement: Inventory Protocol. In releasing this replacement service, we have consulted a number of customers to make sure that the new service works seamlessly for current FTP users. 

That is why the same ZIP files that were accessible via FTP are available via Inventory Protocol.  

The files are all available from one central URL:

From there, you will be able to browse and download the current GoDaddy Auction inventory without interruption. All file types are the same as you have seen through FTP. 

The Inventory Protocol is also more accessible to more users. It doesn’t require an app, or specific usernames and passwords; it’s available and open to all. 

To explain further, here’s Domain Academy’s Joe Styler with a recap. 

Along with the .zip file types that buyers can currently access through FTP, Inventory Protocol also includes a new JSON file called metadata.json.  

This file, updated daily between 7am and 8am PST, contains the metadata for all files within the Inventory Protocol. By creating a script to read this file once per day, you’ll be able to download all up-to-date inventory files. 

To begin using the GoDaddy Auctions Inventory Protocol, head to  

If you have feedback on the new Inventory Protocol, you can reach us via email at