With Vercel, you can assign a custom domain to any of your projects. If you want to transfer your domain in from an external registrar to Vercel, you can do that painlessly without worrying about domain and DNS configuration.
This guide will walk you through how to transfer your domain to Vercel in a few steps.
To transfer your domain, the first step is to unlock your domain from your registrar's domain management area. Most domains are usually locked by default to prevent unauthorized changes.
The domain lock feature appears in different forms across registrars. Sign into the host where your domain is registered and look for a
Domain Lock or similar option to unlock your domain.
After unlocking, request an authorization code. The code will be sent to the email address associated with your domain by your registrar. In some cases, your authorization code simply pops up on your dashboard.
Using the Vercel Dashboard, you can perform a domain transfer by entering the domain you want to transfer in, and the respective authorization code from the domain registrar via the UI like so:
With Vercel CLI, you can run the following command from your terminal.
vercel domains transfer-in [your-domain]
You will be requested to provide an authorization code from your registrar after running this command. Once you get the authorization code from your registrar, paste it into the prompt and the transfer will begin.
After activating a domain
transfer-in, you will be informed that the DNS settings for your domain will not be transferred along with the domain. Instead, you will need to download a zone file from your registrar and upload it to Vercel.
You can import the zone file to Vercel DNS by running the following command:
vercel dns import [your-domain] [zonefile]
You can deploy your app with Vercel once the domain has been successfully added to your account.
By setting a production domain from your projects' Domains dashboard, you will be able to use the following command with Vercel CLI:
This command will deploy your project and make it accessible at the production domain that you have setup.
For more information on production domains, you can read the custom domains documentation.
If you are looking to transfer your domain away from Vercel, you can do so by emailing support with details of the domain you wish to transfer.
Once your request has been verified by support, you will be provided with an authorization code. Please consult your new providers' documentation for information on how to use the authorization code and the likely speed of the transfer.