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.NET51047
3.RU40819
4.ORG40279
5.DE31564
6.JP19699
7.UK18553
8.BR18424
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10.IT13078
11.FR12645
12.PL12379
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16.AU8607
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18.ES7292
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20.CA4936
21.EU4725
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25.MX4222
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27.KR4052
28.BIZ3843
29.TV3828
30.RO3783
31.ZA3743
32.SE3565
33.TR3281
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39.CH2751
40.AR2690
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42.BE2652
43.DK2481
44.NO2052
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46.FI1643
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52.KZ1390
53.IL1344
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56.AZ1166
57.BY1157
58.IE1153
59.HK1135
60.PK1096
61.IO1060
62.LT999
63.BG996
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65.TH825
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67.PE763
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80.EE480
81.TK466
82.ASIA445
83.FM438
84.SA425
85.TO416
86.MA415
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88.LK370
89.NU359
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91.CAT335
92.AM322
93.EC307
94.BD294
95.UZ274
96.MK270
97.NAME270
98.LU249
99.IS246
100.UY246
101.MN242
102.DO241
103.EG228
104.BA222
105.LA210
106.IM198
107.TRAVEL198
108.KE192
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110.MD180
111.club176
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114.CR149
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117.AG124
118.PY122
119.TZ120
120.QA118
121.KG115
122.SO114
123.PA108
124.LI107
125.GA106
126.CY102
127.KW99
128.ST99
129.COOP98
130.UG98
131.CU96
132.BO95
133.xyz93
134.JOBS90
135.VC89
136.TN83
137.INT81
138.CM79
139.NP77
140.ML76
141.today73
142.SV71
143.AERO70
144.OM70
145.AF68
146.RE68
147.MU64
148.PS61
149.SH59
150.JO58
151.guru57
152.LB57
153.SY57
154.MO55
155.MS55
156.TT55
157.GS53
158.NI52
159.TJ51
160.VU49
161.CI47
162.GH47
163.MT47
164.GG46
165.MIL46
166.BH45
167.CF45
168.HN44
169.IQ44
170.KH44
171.SC44
172.AC43
173.CX43
174.SD41
175.SN41
176.SX41
177.MM38
178.PR37
179.TL37
180.ZW37
181.ninja35
182.tips35
183.MZ34
184.AS32
185.CD32
186.MG32
187.TC32
188.link29
189.BN28
190.rocks27
191.directory26
192.RW25
193.AO24
194.center24
195.PF23
196.PM23
197.TF23
198.AD22
199.NA22
200.AI20
201.ET20
202.DJ19
203.GD19
204.GI19
205.GL19
206.tokyo19
207.JM18
208.BT17
209.marketing17
210.NC17
211.sexy17
212.TM17
213.berlin16
214.BF16
215.BW16
216.NR16
217.wang16
218.ZM16
219.BI15
220.NF15
221.VG15
222.LC14
223.MV14
224.PN14
225.SM14
226.wiki14
227.YT14
228.agency13
229.bike13
230.buzz13
231.HT13
232.media13
233.moe13
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235.YE13
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238.expert12
239.FO12
240.gallery12
241.land12
242.MR12
243.photography12
244.FJ11
245.technology11
246.academy10
247.TEL10
248.BM9
249.BS9
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251.JE9
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254.support9
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264.gal7
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266.MC7
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269.SR7
270.uno7
271.VA7
272.WF7
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275.GP6
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312.press4
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315.AW3
316.BB3
317.cab3
318.camera3
319.CW3
320.DM3
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322.graphics3
323.institute3
324.kim3
325.kiwi3
326.koeln3
327.LS3
328.MW3
329.NE3
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332.tools3
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361.singles2
362.TG2
363.VI2
364.vision2
365.wien2
366.wtf2
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369.AX1
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381.CK1
382.cleaning1
383.computer1
384.construction1
385.cruises1
386.dance1
387.dating1
388.desi1
389.digital1
390.discount1
391.equipment1
392.estate1
393.fitness1
394.flights1
395.florist1
396.GB1
397.gift1
398.GN1
399.holiday1
400.investments1
401.jetzt1
402.kaufen1
403.KI1
404.KM1
405.lighting1
406.limo1
407.luxury1
408.management1
409.MH1
410.moda1
411.MQ1
412.pictures1
413.recipes1
414.reisen1
415.ren1
416.SB1
417.soy1
418.supplies1
419.TD1
420.town1
421.toys1
422.TP1
423.viajes1
424.vote1
425.webcam1
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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
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445.bzh0
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447.career0
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449.christmas0
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451.citic0
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456.condos0
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459.country0
460.credit0
461.creditcard0
462.degree0
463.democrat0
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465.diamonds0
466.dnp0
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468.EH0
469.engineer0
470.engineering0
471.enterprises0
472.ER0
473.feedback0
474.finance0
475.financial0
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
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502.joburg0
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510.luxe0
511.maison0
512.mango0
513.market0
514.meet0
515.MF0
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537.rio0
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539.ruhr0
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542.schule0
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544.SJ0
545.software0
546.sohu0
547.solar0
548.space0
549.SS0
550.supply0
551.surf0
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558.university0
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564.vodka0
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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
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588.الاردن0
589.الجزائر0
590.السعودية0
591.المغرب0
592.امارات0
593.ایران0
594.بازار0
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603.مصر0
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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
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