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.NET52736
3.RU48868
4.ORG46136
5.JP26693
6.DE22861
7.IN16413
8.UK15603
9.BR15103
10.IR14031
11.IT12920
12.CN12056
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20.CO5483
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28.TV4005
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31.ID3653
32.RO3561
33.EDU3373
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42.CH2441
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44.xyz2286
45.DK2163
46.AT2148
47.NO2013
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56.KZ1391
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58.CL1385
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62.IE1151
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78.PW654
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80.VE635
81.EG607
82.TK585
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84.SI568
85.WS541
86.TO534
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91.XXX429
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95.UZ348
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102.NU300
103.DO287
104.MK279
105.KE268
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107.pics246
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114.TN203
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117.ML194
118.IM190
119.CR175
120.MD175
121.QA174
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123.GT167
124.AL166
125.CF162
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134.PA129
135.KW122
136.COOP115
137.OM110
138.AERO107
139.LI105
140.JO102
141.TZ101
142.BO99
143.GG99
144.NP99
145.UG99
146.SV98
147.SO94
148.INT93
149.rocks93
150.AG90
151.media85
152.ST85
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154.sexy83
155.VC81
156.AC77
157.CM76
158.LB76
159.GQ75
160.GH74
161.press74
162.PS74
163.bid72
164.MO72
165.CU71
166.AI69
167.NI66
168.red66
169.SH66
170.ovh65
171.ninja64
172.RE64
173.SY64
174.MS63
175.MU62
176.BH61
177.CI59
178.KH57
179.HN56
180.MIL56
181.MT55
182.AF54
183.moe52
184.IQ51
185.center50
186.GS50
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189.tips48
190.TT47
191.SC46
192.wiki45
193.global41
194.SN40
195.CX39
196.MM39
197.TF39
198.AD37
199.RW36
200.SX36
201.TJ36
202.host35
203.VU35
204.blue34
205.pink34
206.wang34
207.ZW34
208.digital33
209.MZ33
210.TC33
211.MG32
212.social32
213.TL32
214.tools32
215.AO29
216.BN29
217.report29
218.TM29
219.PR28
220.trade28
221.academy27
222.expert27
223.AS26
224.CD26
225.company26
226.NA26
227.education25
228.agency24
229.PF24
230.solutions24
231.YT24
232.FO23
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236.nyc23
237.SD23
238.systems23
239.bike22
240.email22
241.works22
242.BT21
243.GL21
244.HT21
245.london21
246.moscow21
247.community20
248.guide20
249.kim20
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255.gratis18
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259.MV17
260.SM17
261.VG17
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263.events16
264.watch16
265.BM15
266.buzz15
267.GI15
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271.uno15
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273.desi14
274.DJ14
275.MUSEUM14
276.software14
277.wtf14
278.BW13
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280.CV13
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282.gift13
283.JE13
284.MR13
285.NF13
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287.SR13
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332.ET7
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365.KN4
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378.estate3
379.gop3
380.holiday3
381.koeln3
382.kred3
383.rentals3
384.SB3
385.SL3
386.solar3
387.surf3
388.VI3
389.vision3
390.archi2
391.AW2
392.AX2
393.bayern2
394.beer2
395.boutique2
396.build2
397.CG2
398.clinic2
399.consulting2
400.cooking2
401.country2
402.dance2
403.DM2
404.finance2
405.flights2
406.foo2
407.GP2
408.green2
409.hamburg2
410.haus2
411.horse2
412.juegos2
413.limited2
414.LR2
415.luxury2
416.management2
417.MP2
418.NR2
419.properties2
420.quebec2
421.rehab2
422.repair2
423.soy2
424.TD2
425.TG2
426.toys2
427.TP2
428.vegas2
429.wien2
430.actor1
431.AN1
432.army1
433.blackfriday1
434.bmw1
435.career1
436.ceo1
437.CK1
438.cleaning1
439.computer1
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441.credit1
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451.GF1
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454.globo1
455.GU1
456.GW1
457.hiphop1
458.holdings1
459.immobilien1
460.insure1
461.investments1
462.jetzt1
463.kaufen1
464.KI1
465.KM1
466.lighting1
467.monash1
468.MQ1
469.NE1
470.reise1
471.rio1
472.rodeo1
473.ryukyu1
474.saarland1
475.schule1
476.SJ1
477.surgery1
478.tattoo1
479.tax1
480.tirol1
481.vacations1
482.vet1
483.vlaanderen1
484.vodka1
485.vote1
486.voyage1
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488.active0
489.airforce0
490.ARPA0
491.associates0
492.attorney0
493.autos0
494.axa0
495.bargains0
496.BL0
497.BQ0
498.BV0
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501.cheap0
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506.condos0
507.construction0
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509.degree0
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512.dentist0
513.diamonds0
514.dnp0
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516.EH0
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541.meet0
542.MF0
543.MH0
544.miami0
545.mini0
546.mortgage0
547.motorcycles0
548.navy0
549.neustar0
550.nhk0
551.organic0
552.physio0
553.plumbing0
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555.qpon0
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560.sohu0
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563.UM0
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565.viajes0
566.villas0
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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
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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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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
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