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.NET50981
3.RU41599
4.ORG40796
5.DE30886
6.JP19712
7.BR18506
8.UK18473
9.IN13254
10.IT12950
11.PL12797
12.FR12462
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14.INFO10070
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16.AU8801
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18.ES7183
19.GR5165
20.CA4976
21.EU4707
22.TW4356
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25.CO4273
26.KR4233
27.MX4129
28.BIZ3851
29.TV3845
30.ZA3833
31.RO3790
32.SE3649
33.TR3344
34.EDU3203
35.ME3012
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38.US2806
39.CH2759
40.HU2697
41.BE2607
42.AR2544
43.DK2504
44.NO2057
45.ID1750
46.FI1674
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50.CL1542
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52.KZ1415
53.IL1365
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55.BY1186
56.SG1185
57.IE1169
58.HK1164
59.AZ1159
60.PK1094
61.IO1090
62.BG1011
63.LT1005
64.GOV922
65.TH837
66.SU813
67.PE741
68.MOBI696
69.HR691
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80.PRO482
81.TK450
82.SA445
83.ASIA436
84.FM428
85.TO419
86.MA418
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88.LK356
89.NU356
90.GE346
91.CAT331
92.AM327
93.BD307
94.EC304
95.NAME277
96.MK267
97.UZ258
98.LU251
99.IS249
100.MN241
101.DO239
102.EG232
103.UY232
104.BA222
105.LA204
106.IM203
107.BZ193
108.TRAVEL192
109.MD189
110.KE183
111.club176
112.DZ171
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114.CR151
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117.TZ122
118.QA120
119.PY119
120.AG116
121.KG116
122.LI114
123.GA111
124.SO110
125.PA109
126.KW103
127.CY101
128.COOP100
129.UG99
130.xyz97
131.CU95
132.BO94
133.ST94
134.JOBS93
135.INT84
136.VC83
137.CM82
138.TN82
139.ML79
140.today78
141.AF76
142.NP76
143.RE73
144.OM71
145.SV70
146.AERO65
147.MU65
148.PS63
149.JO60
150.LB58
151.SY58
152.SH56
153.MO55
154.GS53
155.MS53
156.TJ53
157.NI51
158.guru50
159.GH49
160.GG48
161.TT47
162.CI46
163.IQ46
164.MT46
165.SC46
166.VU46
167.MIL45
168.SD45
169.KH43
170.CF42
171.HN42
172.SX42
173.AC41
174.BH41
175.MM40
176.SN40
177.PR38
178.CD37
179.ninja37
180.CX36
181.TC35
182.TL35
183.ZW35
184.MZ34
185.tips33
186.AS32
187.link30
188.MG30
189.rocks26
190.RW26
191.directory25
192.AD24
193.BN24
194.center24
195.PM24
196.TF24
197.PF23
198.AI22
199.NA22
200.AO21
201.BT20
202.ET20
203.GD20
204.GI20
205.NC20
206.DJ18
207.GL18
208.JM18
209.tokyo18
210.FO17
211.sexy17
212.SM17
213.TM17
214.ZM17
215.agency16
216.berlin16
217.BF16
218.BI16
219.BW16
220.VG16
221.MV15
222.NF15
223.wang15
224.gallery14
225.HT14
226.land14
227.marketing14
228.NR14
229.wiki14
230.YE14
231.zone14
232.media13
233.moe13
234.PN13
235.bike12
236.buzz12
237.LC12
238.photography12
239.solutions12
240.company11
241.FJ11
242.pics11
243.YT11
244.academy10
245.BM10
246.expert10
247.MR10
248.TEL10
249.JE9
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251.MUSEUM9
252.social9
253.support9
254.technology9
255.VA9
256.website9
257.CV8
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259.eus8
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261.KY8
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264.WF8
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266.BS7
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270.nyc7
271.red7
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311.KP4
312.NE4
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314.press4
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317.ventures4
318.watch4
319.AW3
320.BB3
321.bio3
322.camera3
323.CW3
324.DM3
325.fund3
326.global3
327.graphics3
328.koeln3
329.LS3
330.MP3
331.onl3
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337.VI3
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343.computer2
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361.rentals2
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363.singles2
364.soy2
365.TG2
366.vision2
367.wtf2
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379.capital1
380.cards1
381.cheap1
382.CK1
383.cleaning1
384.construction1
385.dating1
386.discount1
387.equipment1
388.estate1
389.exposed1
390.financial1
391.fitness1
392.flights1
393.florist1
394.GB1
395.gift1
396.GN1
397.holiday1
398.investments1
399.kaufen1
400.KI1
401.KM1
402.KN1
403.lighting1
404.limo1
405.luxury1
406.management1
407.MH1
408.MQ1
409.photo1
410.pictures1
411.recipes1
412.ren1
413.SB1
414.services1
415.solar1
416.supplies1
417.tattoo1
418.TD1
419.town1
420.toys1
421.TP1
422.viajes1
423.vote1
424.webcam1
425.wien1
426.accountants0
427.active0
428.actor0
429.airforce0
430.AQ0
431.army0
432.associates0
433.attorney0
434.autos0
435.axa0
436.bar0
437.BL0
438.black0
439.blackfriday0
440.bmw0
441.boutique0
442.BQ0
443.build0
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445.capetown0
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447.catering0
448.christmas0
449.church0
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451.claims0
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453.college0
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455.condos0
456.contractors0
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458.country0
459.credit0
460.creditcard0
461.cruises0
462.dance0
463.degree0
464.democrat0
465.dentist0
466.diamonds0
467.dnp0
468.durban0
469.EH0
470.engineer0
471.engineering0
472.enterprises0
473.ER0
474.feedback0
475.finance0
476.fish0
477.fishing0
478.FK0
479.foo0
480.foundation0
481.frogans0
482.furniture0
483.gives0
484.globo0
485.gmo0
486.gop0
487.GQ0
488.green0
489.gripe0
490.GU0
491.guitars0
492.GW0
493.haus0
494.hiphop0
495.hiv0
496.holdings0
497.homes0
498.horse0
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502.joburg0
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504.kred0
505.lawyer0
506.lease0
507.limited0
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509.lotto0
510.luxe0
511.maison0
512.mango0
513.market0
514.meet0
515.MF0
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531.qpon0
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538.rich0
539.rio0
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542.ryukyu0
543.saarland0
544.schule0
545.shiksha0
546.SJ0
547.software0
548.sohu0
549.space0
550.SS0
551.supply0
552.surf0
553.surgery0
554.tax0
555.tienda0
556.tirol0
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558.university0
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561.vet0
562.villas0
563.vlaanderen0
564.vodka0
565.voting0
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568.wed0
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570.yachts0
571.yokohama0
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
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587.إختبار0
588.الاردن0
589.الجزائر0
590.السعودية0
591.المغرب0
592.امارات0
593.ایران0
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595.بھارت0
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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
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649.삼성0
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