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.COM508656
2.NET51291
3.RU45882
4.ORG41353
5.DE28384
6.JP19866
7.UK17539
8.BR17538
9.IN14799
10.PL14211
11.IT12345
12.FR11582
13.CN11269
14.INFO10135
15.IR9700
16.AU9278
17.NL8643
18.ES6743
19.GR5682
20.CA5127
21.UA4860
22.CZ4845
23.KR4656
24.TW4626
25.EU4575
26.CO4329
27.RO4004
28.ZA3976
29.TV3930
30.SE3906
31.TR3787
32.BIZ3695
33.MX3620
34.EDU3323
35.VN3221
36.ME3146
37.HU2860
38.CH2830
39.AT2742
40.US2693
41.DK2667
42.BE2484
43.AR2365
44.NO2165
45.ID1884
46.FI1878
47.SK1823
48.CC1660
49.PT1636
50.MY1556
51.IL1505
52.HK1398
53.CL1392
54.KZ1363
55.NZ1344
56.BY1327
57.SG1260
58.IE1235
59.PK1196
60.IO1130
61.AZ1076
62.LT1068
63.BG1010
64.TH953
65.GOV925
66.SU907
67.MOBI760
68.HR738
69.RS720
70.LV716
71.PE715
72.PH666
73.AE648
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76.NG566
77.SI550
78.SA546
79.VE538
80.EE528
81.PRO500
82.TK480
83.TO445
84.FM426
85.ASIA421
86.MA403
87.NU400
88.LK399
89.PW398
90.xyz369
91.GE360
92.AM341
93.BD333
94.CAT324
95.UZ311
96.IS294
97.NAME284
98.EC282
99.MK265
100.EG250
101.UY244
102.club240
103.MN238
104.IM223
105.DO216
106.BA213
107.KE208
108.LA206
109.LU205
110.BZ197
111.TRAVEL192
112.MD191
113.DZ177
114.CR153
115.LY148
116.AL144
117.QA133
118.GT130
119.AG124
120.PY119
121.LI118
122.SO117
123.KG114
124.ML106
125.COOP104
126.CY103
127.GA101
128.KW101
129.PA99
130.UG95
131.BO93
132.NP92
133.JOBS91
134.TZ89
135.AF82
136.ST82
137.VC82
138.OM81
139.today79
140.AERO77
141.CM76
142.JO74
143.link73
144.PS73
145.CF72
146.SV72
147.INT70
148.RE68
149.guru67
150.SH67
151.TN66
152.GG64
153.CU60
154.TJ59
155.VU58
156.SY57
157.IQ55
158.MU55
159.GH52
160.MT51
161.GS48
162.MIL48
163.LB47
164.MO47
165.NI46
166.BH45
167.SX45
168.SC44
169.website44
170.HN43
171.MS43
172.SD43
173.KH42
174.TT40
175.AC39
176.rocks38
177.TL38
178.TC37
179.CX36
180.PR35
181.MZ34
182.NA33
183.ninja33
184.MM32
185.RW32
186.ZW32
187.SN31
188.BN30
189.tips30
190.AD29
191.AI27
192.AS27
193.MG27
194.PM26
195.sexy26
196.tokyo25
197.CD24
198.CI24
199.directory24
200.AO23
201.BT22
202.TF22
203.TM21
204.media20
205.NC20
206.PF20
207.center19
208.GD19
209.ovh19
210.zone19
211.host18
212.social18
213.LC17
214.pics17
215.DJ16
216.land16
217.BI15
218.GL15
219.marketing15
220.nyc15
221.VG15
222.wiki15
223.YE15
224.gallery14
225.HT14
226.kim14
227.red14
228.SM14
229.agency13
230.email13
231.eus13
232.FJ13
233.moe13
234.bike12
235.cash12
236.cool12
237.expert12
238.FO12
239.MV12
240.NR12
241.TEL12
242.wang12
243.WF12
244.ZM12
245.academy11
246.GY11
247.life11
248.MUSEUM11
249.NF11
250.PN11
251.reviews11
252.solutions11
253.support11
254.VA11
255.works11
256.YT11
257.BM10
258.BW10
259.company10
260.gal10
261.GI10
262.JE10
263.JM10
264.berlin9
265.blue9
266.community9
267.pink9
268.buzz8
269.education8
270.MR8
271.paris8
272.SL8
273.trade8
274.BF7
275.BS7
276.capetown7
277.digital7
278.global7
279.MW7
280.photography7
281.photos7
282.SR7
283.systems7
284.technology7
285.audio6
286.BJ6
287.coffee6
288.CV6
289.domains6
290.events6
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292.ink6
293.london6
294.MC6
295.moscow6
296.PG6
297.POST6
298.report6
299.scot6
300.tools6
301.BB5
302.farm5
303.GM5
304.GP5
305.KY5
306.nagoya5
307.press5
308.services5
309.wtf5
310.cab4
311.cheap4
312.codes4
313.CW4
314.ET4
315.futbol4
316.graphics4
317.HM4
318.international4
319.menu4
320.NE4
321.partners4
322.properties4
323.surf4
324.SZ4
325.ventures4
326.voyage4
327.watch4
328.bargains3
329.bzh3
330.care3
331.careers3
332.ceo3
333.CG3
334.clothing3
335.desi3
336.DM3
337.jetzt3
338.moda3
339.MP3
340.photo3
341.pictures3
342.singles3
343.toys3
344.training3
345.uno3
346.wien3
347.AN2
348.bar2
349.bio2
350.brussels2
351.cards2
352.dance2
353.estate2
354.exchange2
355.fund2
356.gratis2
357.guide2
358.hamburg2
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360.kitchen2
361.kiwi2
362.KP2
363.lighting2
364.LR2
365.LS2
366.luxury2
367.onl2
368.plumbing2
369.pub2
370.recipes2
371.rentals2
372.rest2
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374.VI2
375.viajes2
376.accountants1
377.AQ1
378.army1
379.ARPA1
380.AX1
381.beer1
382.best1
383.bid1
384.black1
385.blackfriday1
386.BV1
387.camera1
388.camp1
389.christmas1
390.church1
391.CK1
392.computer1
393.consulting1
394.credit1
395.cruises1
396.dating1
397.democrat1
398.discount1
399.durban1
400.equipment1
401.exposed1
402.fish1
403.fitness1
404.florist1
405.GF1
406.gift1
407.glass1
408.GQ1
409.holiday1
410.joburg1
411.juegos1
412.kaufen1
413.KI1
414.KN1
415.limited1
416.MH1
417.MQ1
418.okinawa1
419.physio1
420.qpon1
421.quebec1
422.repair1
423.SB1
424.shiksha1
425.solar1
426.soy1
427.tax1
428.TD1
429.TG1
430.TP1
431.university1
432.vegas1
433.vision1
434.webcam1
435.yokohama1
436.active0
437.actor0
438.airforce0
439.archi0
440.associates0
441.attorney0
442.autos0
443.AW0
444.axa0
445.bayern0
446.BL0
447.bmw0
448.boutique0
449.BQ0
450.build0
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453.career0
454.catering0
455.citic0
456.claims0
457.cleaning0
458.clinic0
459.college0
460.cologne0
461.condos0
462.construction0
463.contractors0
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465.country0
466.creditcard0
467.degree0
468.dental0
469.dentist0
470.diamonds0
471.dnp0
472.EH0
473.engineer0
474.engineering0
475.enterprises0
476.ER0
477.fail0
478.feedback0
479.finance0
480.financial0
481.fishing0
482.FK0
483.flights0
484.foo0
485.foundation0
486.frogans0
487.furniture0
488.GB0
489.gives0
490.globo0
491.gmo0
492.GN0
493.gop0
494.green0
495.gripe0
496.GU0
497.guitars0
498.GW0
499.haus0
500.hiphop0
501.hiv0
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503.homes0
504.horse0
505.immobilien0
506.industries0
507.institute0
508.insure0
509.KM0
510.koeln0
511.kred0
512.lawyer0
513.lease0
514.limo0
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516.lotto0
517.luxe0
518.maison0
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520.mango0
521.market0
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523.MF0
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529.navy0
530.neustar0
531.nhk0
532.organic0
533.parts0
534.productions0
535.rehab0
536.reise0
537.reisen0
538.ren0
539.republican0
540.rich0
541.rio0
542.rodeo0
543.ruhr0
544.ryukyu0
545.saarland0
546.schule0
547.SJ0
548.software0
549.sohu0
550.space0
551.SS0
552.supplies0
553.supply0
554.surgery0
555.tattoo0
556.tienda0
557.tirol0
558.town0
559.UM0
560.vacations0
561.versicherung0
562.vet0
563.villas0
564.vlaanderen0
565.vodka0
566.vote0
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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