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.NET50118
3.RU43429
4.ORG41732
5.DE28212
6.JP21840
7.BR19727
8.UK18241
9.IN16590
10.PL14336
11.IT12833
12.FR12404
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14.INFO10510
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16.AU8893
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20.CO5100
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24.EU4699
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26.UA4536
27.ZA4140
28.MX4095
29.VN4020
30.TV3833
31.RO3627
32.TR3531
33.BIZ3391
34.ME3347
35.EDU3074
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39.AT2700
40.AR2566
41.US2557
42.BE2555
43.NO2218
44.DK2167
45.ID1890
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50.IO1542
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56.SG1352
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58.NZ1328
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60.PK1214
61.AZ1199
62.LT1083
63.BG1070
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65.TH1060
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67.PE827
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80.EE533
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82.TK491
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86.PW444
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91.FM396
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93.NU354
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95.CAT332
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97.BD316
98.EG291
99.IS290
100.MK276
101.UY264
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105.KE241
106.TRAVEL237
107.IM213
108.LA209
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114.MD182
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117.ML176
118.website163
119.QA158
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121.today143
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124.LY130
125.KG129
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127.PY124
128.CF121
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130.CY113
131.KW112
132.NP105
133.PA105
134.AG104
135.BO104
136.CU101
137.SO100
138.VC100
139.LI99
140.OM98
141.AERO97
142.rocks93
143.ninja90
144.guru88
145.UG88
146.SV86
147.sexy83
148.TZ80
149.JO77
150.ST76
151.INT75
152.GQ73
153.media73
154.MU73
155.PS72
156.TJ71
157.RE70
158.CM69
159.GG69
160.tokyo69
161.LB68
162.SY66
163.GH64
164.SH62
165.MO61
166.AF59
167.BH59
168.MS57
169.HN56
170.NI56
171.IQ52
172.AC51
173.TT51
174.VU51
175.MIL50
176.SC50
177.KH49
178.SN49
179.space48
180.MT47
181.RW46
182.GS45
183.life45
184.SX44
185.CI43
186.pics43
187.TL41
188.wang41
189.CX39
190.MM39
191.ZW39
192.MG38
193.MZ37
194.tips37
195.PR36
196.SD36
197.ovh35
198.TC35
199.AD34
200.BN32
201.agency31
202.red30
203.zone30
204.center28
205.eus28
206.moe28
207.PM28
208.AO27
209.BT27
210.company27
211.FO27
212.press26
213.social26
214.wiki26
215.AI25
216.CD25
217.kim24
218.AS23
219.digital23
220.host23
221.NA23
222.PF23
223.academy22
224.expert22
225.NC22
226.TM22
227.global21
228.pink21
229.TF21
230.solutions20
231.VG20
232.webcam20
233.bike19
234.GD19
235.buzz18
236.london18
237.report18
238.cool17
239.email17
240.marketing17
241.technology17
242.berlin16
243.blue16
244.BW16
245.gal16
246.GI16
247.HT16
248.moscow16
249.reviews16
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251.ZM16
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254.MR15
255.nyc15
256.paris15
257.directory14
258.MV14
259.NF14
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261.SM14
262.CV13
263.DJ13
264.GL13
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269.PN13
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297.PG9
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316.KY7
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366.kiwi3
367.KP3
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369.NE3
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375.shiksha3
376.supply3
377.surf3
378.TG3
379.tienda3
380.voyage3
381.wien3
382.yokohama3
383.bargains2
384.brussels2
385.builders2
386.capetown2
387.clinic2
388.CW2
389.dating2
390.discount2
391.DM2
392.engineer2
393.estate2
394.exposed2
395.finance2
396.fund2
397.glass2
398.holiday2
399.immobilien2
400.juegos2
401.management2
402.moda2
403.MP2
404.properties2
405.repair2
406.solar2
407.toys2
408.vacations2
409.vegas2
410.VI2
411.vision2
412.army1
413.attorney1
414.AW1
415.blackfriday1
416.build1
417.capital1
418.catering1
419.citic1
420.CK1
421.claims1
422.cleaning1
423.cologne1
424.computer1
425.consulting1
426.credit1
427.creditcard1
428.democrat1
429.dental1
430.diamonds1
431.EH1
432.ET1
433.fail1
434.flights1
435.GF1
436.globo1
437.GU1
438.haus1
439.hiphop1
440.horse1
441.institute1
442.jetzt1
443.KI1
444.KN1
445.koeln1
446.lighting1
447.LR1
448.luxury1
449.MH1
450.monash1
451.MQ1
452.productions1
453.rehab1
454.reisen1
455.rio1
456.ryukyu1
457.saarland1
458.SB1
459.singles1
460.soy1
461.tax1
462.TD1
463.town1
464.TP1
465.university1
466.vet1
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468.active0
469.airforce0
470.AN0
471.AQ0
472.archi0
473.ARPA0
474.associates0
475.autos0
476.axa0
477.bayern0
478.BL0
479.bmw0
480.BQ0
481.BV0
482.career0
483.cheap0
484.christmas0
485.college0
486.condos0
487.construction0
488.contractors0
489.cooking0
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491.degree0
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493.dnp0
494.durban0
495.engineering0
496.enterprises0
497.ER0
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501.fishing0
502.FK0
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507.GB0
508.gives0
509.gmo0
510.GN0
511.gop0
512.green0
513.gripe0
514.guitars0
515.GW0
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532.maison0
533.mango0
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535.MF0
536.miami0
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538.mortgage0
539.motorcycles0
540.navy0
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542.nhk0
543.organic0
544.parts0
545.physio0
546.plumbing0
547.qpon0
548.republican0
549.rich0
550.rodeo0
551.ruhr0
552.schule0
553.SJ0
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557.surgery0
558.tattoo0
559.tirol0
560.UM0
561.versicherung0
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563.villas0
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565.vodka0
566.vote0
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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
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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
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