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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1.COM501124
2.RU51898
3.NET51255
4.ORG43937
5.JP23766
6.DE23093
7.IN17551
8.UK16592
9.BR16116
10.IT12266
11.IR11916
12.PL11616
13.CN10659
14.FR10342
15.INFO10178
16.AU7737
17.NL7453
18.ES6924
19.GR6243
20.CO5590
21.UA5428
22.CZ4852
23.CA4550
24.TR4482
25.TW4482
26.KR4361
27.EU4211
28.ZA4087
29.RO4007
30.VN3977
31.MX3845
32.TV3841
33.ID3788
34.ME3507
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36.BIZ3352
37.SE3189
38.HU2903
39.CH2495
40.xyz2450
41.AR2443
42.US2423
43.BE2312
44.AT2191
45.DK2142
46.SK1992
47.IO1933
48.NO1890
49.FI1709
50.CC1659
51.BY1628
52.PT1507
53.IL1443
54.KZ1439
55.PK1434
56.MY1418
57.HK1390
58.SG1277
59.CL1206
60.NZ1153
61.AZ1138
62.IE1128
63.LT1120
64.GOV1099
65.SU1067
66.TH976
67.BG912
68.PE882
69.AE879
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71.HR797
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76.PH687
77.MOBI671
78.TK665
79.ASIA654
80.SA640
81.WS599
82.SI570
83.PRO534
84.EE532
85.MA517
86.PW517
87.UZ495
88.TO488
89.LK476
90.VE432
91.FM401
92.GE393
93.XXX389
94.BD372
95.AM350
96.CAT346
97.IS332
98.NU314
99.TN299
100.EC288
101.link269
102.MK267
103.NAME255
104.BA254
105.DO254
106.KE243
107.UY242
108.ML236
109.LA229
110.BZ212
111.space210
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114.GA198
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116.DZ195
117.MN195
118.QA189
119.MD186
120.website186
121.IM181
122.CR175
123.LY149
124.GT148
125.AL147
126.today144
127.pics143
128.CY132
129.KW130
130.JOBS126
131.PY119
132.COOP111
133.KG111
134.tokyo109
135.PA108
136.JO105
137.UG103
138.LI101
139.BO99
140.TZ96
141.guru94
142.NP93
143.AG91
144.SO91
145.OM87
146.SV87
147.VC86
148.CM83
149.AERO82
150.PS82
151.ST81
152.GG80
153.CU79
154.INT78
155.media77
156.AF72
157.ninja67
158.rocks67
159.GH65
160.life65
161.GQ64
162.MU64
163.AC62
164.sexy62
165.RE61
166.SH60
167.MO59
168.LB58
169.NI58
170.TJ58
171.MIL57
172.GS56
173.MS56
174.HN53
175.BH52
176.KH50
177.center48
178.IQ48
179.moe48
180.ovh48
181.MT47
182.SN47
183.tips47
184.TT47
185.CI45
186.AI44
187.SC43
188.global42
189.RW42
190.SX41
191.VU40
192.zone40
193.AD39
194.CX39
195.SY38
196.MG37
197.MM37
198.eus36
199.NA36
200.press36
201.red36
202.company34
203.host34
204.TC34
205.AO32
206.BN32
207.MZ31
208.ZW31
209.digital30
210.agency29
211.social29
212.wiki29
213.PM28
214.PR28
215.CD27
216.london27
217.moscow27
218.TL27
219.TM25
220.tools25
221.BT24
222.expert24
223.NC24
224.report24
225.SD24
226.HT22
227.nyc22
228.PF22
229.TF22
230.wang22
231.webcam22
232.academy21
233.AS21
234.ZM21
235.blue20
236.BW20
237.marketing20
238.pink20
239.email19
240.FO19
241.kim19
242.land19
243.bid18
244.codes18
245.directory18
246.education18
247.solutions18
248.YT18
249.cool17
250.events17
251.audio16
252.bike16
253.GD16
254.guide16
255.MV16
256.photography16
257.photos16
258.reviews16
259.support16
260.works16
261.buzz15
262.FJ15
263.GI15
264.gratis15
265.GY15
266.VG15
267.gal14
268.GL14
269.MUSEUM14
270.services14
271.watch14
272.CV13
273.DJ13
274.JM13
275.market13
276.photo13
277.SR13
278.trade13
279.gallery12
280.MR12
281.pub12
282.SM12
283.software12
284.technology12
285.VA12
286.WF12
287.wtf12
288.community11
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292.PN11
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297.futbol10
298.gift10
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306.NF9
307.onl9
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311.uno9
312.bio8
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314.scot8
315.systems8
316.best7
317.cab7
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319.coffee7
320.GM7
321.MW7
322.okinawa7
323.paris7
324.YE7
325.BI6
326.BJ6
327.black6
328.camera6
329.careers6
330.kiwi6
331.KY6
332.MC6
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337.SL6
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345.fitness5
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351.beer4
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356.ET4
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359.GP4
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361.hamburg4
362.HM4
363.international4
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365.LS4
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367.rest4
368.university4
369.ventures4
370.vodka4
371.archi3
372.AX3
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375.dating3
376.discount3
377.DM3
378.estate3
379.flights3
380.holiday3
381.horse3
382.institute3
383.investments3
384.koeln3
385.KP3
386.kred3
387.parts3
388.recipes3
389.shoes3
390.surf3
391.TG3
392.tienda3
393.vacations3
394.bayern2
395.build2
396.capetown2
397.care2
398.cheap2
399.clinic2
400.country2
401.fish2
402.glass2
403.gop2
404.haus2
405.immobilien2
406.joburg2
407.juegos2
408.lighting2
409.MP2
410.NE2
411.rentals2
412.repair2
413.rio2
414.SB2
415.shiksha2
416.soy2
417.supply2
418.tirol2
419.TP2
420.vegas2
421.VI2
422.villas2
423.vote2
424.voyage2
425.wien2
426.yokohama2
427.AQ1
428.associates1
429.attorney1
430.AW1
431.bargains1
432.blackfriday1
433.builders1
434.career1
435.catering1
436.ceo1
437.christmas1
438.citic1
439.CK1
440.computer1
441.contractors1
442.cooking1
443.credit1
444.cruises1
445.dance1
446.diamonds1
447.equipment1
448.fail1
449.fishing1
450.GF1
451.globo1
452.green1
453.GU1
454.hiphop1
455.holdings1
456.insure1
457.KI1
458.KN1
459.lawyer1
460.limited1
461.LR1
462.luxury1
463.management1
464.miami1
465.monash1
466.MQ1
467.quebec1
468.rehab1
469.reise1
470.reisen1
471.rodeo1
472.saarland1
473.schule1
474.singles1
475.tax1
476.TD1
477.TEL1
478.vet1
479.vision1
480.accountants0
481.active0
482.actor0
483.airforce0
484.AN0
485.army0
486.ARPA0
487.autos0
488.axa0
489.BL0
490.bmw0
491.BQ0
492.BV0
493.cleaning0
494.college0
495.cologne0
496.condos0
497.construction0
498.creditcard0
499.degree0
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501.dental0
502.dentist0
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505.EH0
506.engineer0
507.enterprises0
508.ER0
509.exposed0
510.feedback0
511.financial0
512.FK0
513.florist0
514.foo0
515.frogans0
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517.GB0
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519.gmo0
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521.gripe0
522.guitars0
523.GW0
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526.industries0
527.jetzt0
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529.KM0
530.lease0
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532.loans0
533.lotto0
534.luxe0
535.maison0
536.mango0
537.meet0
538.MF0
539.MH0
540.mini0
541.mortgage0
542.motorcycles0
543.navy0
544.neustar0
545.nhk0
546.organic0
547.physio0
548.plumbing0
549.productions0
550.qpon0
551.republican0
552.rich0
553.ruhr0
554.ryukyu0
555.SJ0
556.sohu0
557.solar0
558.SS0
559.supplies0
560.surgery0
561.tattoo0
562.toys0
563.UM0
564.versicherung0
565.viajes0
566.vlaanderen0
567.voting0
568.voto0
569.wed0
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
597.سودان0
598.سورية0
599.شبكة0
600.عمان0
601.فلسطين0
602.قطر0
603.مصر0
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
646.网络0
647.集团0
648.香港0
649.삼성0
650.테스트0
651.한국0

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