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tags: ["kovri"]
terms: ["Locally-unique-host"]
summary: "A host defined by you and resolved only by you"

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### The Basics

A locally-unique host is a [FQDN](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FQDN) defined by **you** and resolved only by you; similar to how a [hosts file](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_(file)) is implemented. Not to be confused with @canonically-unique-host.
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### In-depth information

You have the option to share your interpretation of how the host is resolved (e.g., `localhost` always resolves to ``) but the resolution is not canonically enforced (e.g., someone else can map `localhost` to any arbitrary IP address).

Hosts in a public subscription can be considered @canonically-unique-host's within the @I2P network but, ultimately, you are free to re-define them as you wish.

### Notes

- Monero primarily uses @canonically-unique-host resolution while @I2P only uses @locally-unique-host resolution.
- @I2P's and @Kovri's assigned top-level domain is currently `.i2p` and @Kovri intends to only process/use the `.i2p` [top-level domain](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_level_domain)