On this page you will find the most popular top level domains (TLDs) sorted by the number of websites which appear in today's list of the top million sites.

Currently, there are 651 active top level domains according to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Some of these top level domains are reserved or in test modes, while most others fall within the categories of generic, sponsored or country code specific TLDs.

Most of us are familiar with the most popular top level domains such as .COM, .NET and .ORG. These are extensions at the end of the domain names that we type into our web browsers every day.

Someone who wishes to start a web site would register the name they wanted to use, picking an appropriate top level domain. Years ago, this was pretty simple. A ".com" was for commerical purposes, ".net" was for a network, ".org" was usually for a non-profit or member organization.

In fact, registration of these names used to be free. When the availability of names started to run out, the InterNIC, which was controlled by Network Solutions (now Verisgn Inc.) under authority of the National Science Foundation (NSF), began charging $100 to register for the first 2 years and $50 for each year thereafter. Competition and changes to how the registration of domain names were managed lead to lower prices and special offers where domains could be registerd for free, as part of a contract for other services, or relatively cheap, under $20 USD per year.

All of this is part of a system where names are mapped using the Domain Name System (DNS) to individual computers based on the numerical IP address it had been assigned. The computer could be running services such as a web server or email server. These mappings are controled by a "root" authority that is controlled by the IANA, which authorizes others systems to control the records for all host computers mapped to specific top level domains.

Only extensions that are authorized by the IANA are accessible on the public internet infrastructure where all connected computers and other addressable devices rely on specific "root servers" to convert a text based fully qualified domain name (FQDN) to an IP address, thus making communications possible using words instead of numbers.

Some entrepreneurs had tried early on to introduce their own root servers to augment or replace the official IANA servers in order to establish new top level domain extensions, but this would have required a majority of systems to change these settings, which did not happen. In order for the Internet to operate the same for everyone, standards had to be put in place, and they have been with IANA controlling the root zone.

One of the biggest problems facing those wanting to register a domain name, was that others beat them to it, so that they could charge far more for the domain. This process known as cybersquatting has sucked up some of the best domains you could hope to get, including some which are tradenames or trademarks of existing companies, but owned by someone simply hoping to get rich one day.

Policies and laws have been established to combat some cybersquatting, but the reality is that it can be hard to find a domain name that isn't already registered by someone else. This brought on the demand for more generic top level domains.

There are 4 types of top level domains managed by IANA:

  1. Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) - These are 2 character extensions that have been established for countries, with some exceptions, in accordance with the 2 letter ISO 3166 codes established for all officially recognized countries and territories.
  2. Internationalized Country Code Top Level Domain (IDN ccTLD) - Like ccTLDs, these Internationalized Domain Names are non-latin character sets in the language of the county to which it has been assigned. Most of these are currently in a 'test' mode.
  3. Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) - These are the most common domains and are available as either sponsored or unsponsored, meaning either a private agency controls it along with rules regarding their use, or they are operated directly under the rules and policies set by the IANA for the global Internet respectively.
  4. Infrastructure Top Level Domain - .ARPA (Address and Routing Parameter Area) is the only domain in this category, managed directly by the IANA on behalf of the Internet Engineering Task Force for specific purposes such as reverse IP to DNS name translations and other RFC requirements.

Over the years, beginning near the end of 2000, several new top level domains were established, .aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name and .pro. You may have figured this would be enough, but those in the adult industry wanted new TLDs to help settle disputes with service providers regarding obscenity laws and the Communcations Decency Act of 1996.

10 years later .xxx received its initial approval. Two years earlier in 2008, ICANN finally came up with new rules and policies that would pave the way for many new top level domains to be considered for addition to the IANA root servers and delegation to private firms.

On January 12th, 2012, applications were accepted for new generic top level domains. By May 30th, 2012, when the application window was closed, almost 2,000 applications were submitted. 116 were for IDNs, and more than 1800 were for standard latin text based top level domains. For many of these TLDs, there were more than one applicant for the same top level domain. Soon the Internet may see the availability of at least hundreds of these new top level domains. They call this "The Next Big Thing".

The price tag starts at $185,000.00 USD to just apply to operate a TLD. There are capitalization requirements and a long waiting process before you can be approved. So there is no telling how many of these applications will actually be approved.

Here is a video about the application process for new generic top leve domains:

What is the point to all these new top level domains?

Well, the point is to get a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) that you can use for your online identify for a website or email address. However, as this report shows, not many of these gTLDs are very popular. For commercial operations, there is an inherent value built into the .COM top level domain, especially if your main market is within the United States.

Popular search engines, such as Google, will treat TLDs differently depending on where the visitor is coming from. If you are browsing the web from Canada for instance, .ca has a higher value and will appear more prominently in the search results.

A lot of the generic TLDs introduced since 2000 rarely make any waves as far as popularity is concerned. You can evaluate this for yourself by looking at the TLDs on our list to the right and the count of how many of them exist within the top million pages in our daily rank database.


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Most Popular TLDs in the Top Million Websites

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2.NET52120
3.RU45358
4.ORG44061
5.DE26480
6.JP24159
7.UK17493
8.IN15846
9.CN13849
10.BR13496
11.IR13439
12.IT13264
13.FR11684
14.INFO9604
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16.ES7472
17.NL6926
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19.AU6562
20.CO5645
21.GR4666
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25.CA4139
26.TV3923
27.TW3902
28.ME3881
29.TR3615
30.MX3571
31.ID3530
32.RO3455
33.EDU3325
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39.HU2671
40.VN2621
41.IO2579
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44.BE2497
45.AR2387
46.DK2099
47.CC2017
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56.MY1381
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58.CL1306
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60.KZ1222
61.SG1164
62.GOV1150
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65.SU992
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78.VE628
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80.LV593
81.TO574
82.SA569
83.WS566
84.TK558
85.UZ529
86.SI524
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88.MA499
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92.GE418
93.FM403
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95.BD352
96.TN340
97.CAT327
98.IS321
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100.link301
101.EC295
102.NU292
103.KE283
104.MK282
105.DO277
106.NAME258
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108.LA239
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121.QA188
122.MD183
123.CR166
124.AL154
125.GT154
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127.guru142
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132.PA129
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134.GG124
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136.CU123
137.KW120
138.AERO116
139.LI115
140.COOP113
141.UG112
142.JO111
143.CM108
144.media106
145.NP105
146.BO104
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148.press103
149.sexy103
150.AG100
151.OM100
152.rocks99
153.life98
154.SV93
155.VC93
156.SO92
157.AO89
158.MM88
159.bid87
160.red82
161.SY82
162.GH81
163.AF80
164.ST80
165.AI79
166.host79
167.ovh78
168.PS75
169.SH74
170.ninja73
171.IQ71
172.AC69
173.LB69
174.pics69
175.GQ63
176.RE63
177.MIL62
178.tips62
179.MO61
180.MS61
181.NI61
182.CI60
183.moe58
184.KH57
185.MT57
186.SD57
187.TJ57
188.zone56
189.center55
190.BH54
191.HN54
192.MU54
193.SN53
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195.GS50
196.RW50
197.MZ49
198.SC48
199.ET47
200.CD45
201.digital45
202.eus44
203.global44
204.wiki44
205.TT43
206.wang43
207.london40
208.TM40
209.AD38
210.blue38
211.CX38
212.BW37
213.SX37
214.company36
215.guide35
216.MG35
217.social35
218.trade35
219.TF34
220.ZW34
221.TC33
222.VU33
223.agency32
224.email32
225.BN31
226.gal31
227.tools31
228.PM29
229.solutions29
230.land28
231.NA28
232.pink28
233.PR27
234.BT26
235.pub26
236.TL26
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238.ZM26
239.directory25
240.HT25
241.bike24
242.education24
243.gratis24
244.nyc24
245.PG24
246.cool23
247.expert23
248.services23
249.systems23
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251.berlin22
252.paris22
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254.community21
255.FO21
256.moscow21
257.NC21
258.PF21
259.report21
260.webcam21
261.works20
262.bzh19
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265.watch19
266.DJ18
267.support18
268.buzz17
269.codes17
270.scot17
271.events16
272.GD16
273.kim16
274.SM16
275.careers15
276.cash15
277.GL15
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279.MV15
280.MW15
281.photos15
282.reviews15
283.technology15
284.VG15
285.YE15
286.MR14
287.NF14
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289.VA14
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291.BM13
292.CV13
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298.camp12
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301.wtf12
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307.JM11
308.LC11
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310.uno11
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312.LS10
313.MC10
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315.SZ10
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317.camera9
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319.domains9
320.nagoya9
321.photo9
322.PN9
323.SR9
324.ventures9
325.build8
326.cab8
327.care8
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329.dating8
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331.KY8
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365.GM5
366.moda5
367.NR5
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369.POST5
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371.surf5
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375.dance4
376.graphics4
377.HM4
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379.institute4
380.jetzt4
381.kiwi4
382.KN4
383.NE4
384.TEL4
385.TG4
386.vegas4
387.vet4
388.BB3
389.builders3
390.clinic3
391.college3
392.engineering3
393.fish3
394.fitness3
395.insure3
396.KI3
397.KP3
398.kred3
399.LR3
400.MP3
401.MQ3
402.quebec3
403.SB3
404.shiksha3
405.university3
406.vote3
407.voyage3
408.yokohama3
409.army2
410.AW2
411.beer2
412.computer2
413.cooking2
414.discount2
415.DM2
416.estate2
417.flights2
418.GF2
419.GN2
420.gop2
421.GP2
422.green2
423.immobilien2
424.juegos2
425.luxury2
426.management2
427.recipes2
428.repair2
429.ryukyu2
430.soy2
431.supply2
432.tax2
433.TD2
434.VI2
435.viajes2
436.accountants1
437.AQ1
438.archi1
439.AX1
440.bayern1
441.bmw1
442.BV1
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449.credit1
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451.enterprises1
452.equipment1
453.exposed1
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455.financial1
456.fishing1
457.foo1
458.furniture1
459.globo1
460.GU1
461.GW1
462.haus1
463.hiphop1
464.holdings1
465.investments1
466.lease1
467.limo1
468.monash1
469.mortgage1
470.properties1
471.rehab1
472.reisen1
473.rentals1
474.rodeo1
475.ruhr1
476.saarland1
477.schule1
478.tattoo1
479.tirol1
480.toys1
481.TP1
482.vlaanderen1
483.vodka1
484.active0
485.actor0
486.airforce0
487.AN0
488.ARPA0
489.associates0
490.attorney0
491.autos0
492.axa0
493.bargains0
494.BL0
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496.BQ0
497.capetown0
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499.cheap0
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501.claims0
502.cleaning0
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504.condos0
505.construction0
506.consulting0
507.cruises0
508.degree0
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510.dental0
511.dentist0
512.diamonds0
513.dnp0
514.durban0
515.EH0
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522.GB0
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532.kaufen0
533.KM0
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537.lotto0
538.luxe0
539.maison0
540.mango0
541.meet0
542.MF0
543.MH0
544.miami0
545.mini0
546.motorcycles0
547.navy0
548.neustar0
549.nhk0
550.organic0
551.physio0
552.plumbing0
553.productions0
554.qpon0
555.reise0
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558.SJ0
559.sohu0
560.SS0
561.supplies0
562.surgery0
563.UM0
564.vacations0
565.versicherung0
566.villas0
567.voting0
568.voto0
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570.wtc0
571.yachts0
572.ΔΟΚΙΜΉ0
573.дети0
574.ИСПЫТАНИЕ0
575.мкд0
576.МОН0
577.москва0
578.онлайн0
579.орг0
580.РФ0
581.сайт0
582.СРБ0
583.УКР0
584.ҚАЗ0
585.טעסט0
586.آزمایشی0
587.إختبار0
588.الاردن0
589.الجزائر0
590.السعودية0
591.المغرب0
592.امارات0
593.ایران0
594.بازار0
595.بھارت0
596.تونس0
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600.عمان0
601.فلسطين0
602.قطر0
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604.مليسيا0
605.موقع0
606.پاکستان0
607.परीक्षा0
608.भारत0
609.संगठन0
610.বাংলা0
611.ভারত0
612.ਭਾਰਤ0
613.ભારત0
614.இந்தியா0
615.இலங்கை0
616.சிங்கப்பூர்0
617.பரிட்சை0
618.భారత్0
619.ලංකා0
620.ไทย0
621.გე0
622.みんな0
623.テスト0
624.世界0
625.中信0
626.中国0
627.中國0
628.中文网0
629.公司0
630.公益0
631.台湾0
632.台灣0
633.商城0
634.商标0
635.在线0
636.我爱你0
637.政务0
638.新加坡0
639.机构0
640.测试0
641.測試0
642.游戏0
643.移动0
644.组织机构0
645.网址0
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648.香港0
649.삼성0
650.테스트0
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