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.COM496200
2.NET51888
3.RU48925
4.ORG45492
5.JP27113
6.DE22629
7.IN17447
8.UK15590
9.BR15272
10.IR14189
11.IT12746
12.CN12205
13.FR10504
14.PL10168
15.INFO9759
16.NL7531
17.AU7049
18.KR7033
19.ES6803
20.CO5599
21.GR5390
22.UA5120
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24.CZ4557
25.TW4093
26.EU4084
27.TV3910
28.TR3855
29.MX3846
30.ME3699
31.ID3692
32.RO3675
33.BIZ3348
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40.BE2573
41.US2559
42.AR2520
43.CH2478
44.IO2366
45.DK2202
46.AT2160
47.NO2094
48.SK1891
49.FI1877
50.CC1743
51.BY1716
52.IL1634
53.HK1630
54.PK1487
55.PT1458
56.CL1402
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58.KZ1325
59.SG1239
60.GOV1230
61.IE1179
62.BG1156
63.TH1085
64.SU1038
65.AZ1033
66.LT1032
67.NZ1016
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80.SA610
81.EG595
82.SI587
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84.TO547
85.WS538
86.LK532
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88.EE526
89.MA486
90.GE432
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92.FM416
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94.BD362
95.CAT348
96.UZ330
97.EC313
98.IS308
99.link306
100.MK303
101.KE301
102.DO292
103.NU281
104.MN275
105.space274
106.website252
107.BA238
108.NAME238
109.UY238
110.LA234
111.TN229
112.LU223
113.ML210
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115.TRAVEL206
116.IM194
117.CR188
118.QA186
119.MD182
120.DZ175
121.GA171
122.today171
123.GT164
124.AL157
125.tokyo152
126.CF149
127.LY149
128.KG148
129.JOBS139
130.CY138
131.guru133
132.PY132
133.KW125
134.COOP123
135.PA117
136.AERO116
137.UG115
138.NP112
139.GG110
140.BO109
141.pics103
142.TZ103
143.OM101
144.SV101
145.LI100
146.rocks99
147.JO98
148.media95
149.INT91
150.ST89
151.CM88
152.AG87
153.press86
154.life83
155.LB82
156.SO82
157.VC79
158.GH76
159.PS76
160.red76
161.CU74
162.sexy74
163.GQ72
164.MS72
165.CI70
166.MO68
167.AI67
168.SH67
169.SY67
170.AC63
171.ninja63
172.RE62
173.NI61
174.AF60
175.IQ59
176.moe59
177.MU59
178.ovh58
179.MIL57
180.BH56
181.bid56
182.tips56
183.GS55
184.HN54
185.MT53
186.center51
187.KH50
188.SN50
189.eus49
190.zone49
191.TT47
192.MM46
193.ZW45
194.RW44
195.wiki44
196.SC42
197.blue40
198.CX40
199.global40
200.MZ39
201.AO38
202.host38
203.SX38
204.TF38
205.MG37
206.AD36
207.digital35
208.NA34
209.trade34
210.solutions33
211.report32
212.social32
213.TJ32
214.tools32
215.email31
216.pink31
217.TC31
218.wang30
219.BN29
220.CD29
221.company29
222.PR29
223.ZM29
224.TL28
225.academy27
226.VU27
227.agency26
228.guide26
229.land26
230.nyc26
231.TM26
232.AS25
233.education24
234.expert24
235.bike23
236.HT23
237.works23
238.GL22
239.NC22
240.PF22
241.services22
242.BT21
243.gal21
244.systems21
245.YT21
246.FO20
247.london20
248.SD20
249.cool19
250.directory19
251.JM19
252.PM19
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254.technology19
255.webcam19
256.audio18
257.codes18
258.community17
259.gratis17
260.BF16
261.kim16
262.moscow16
263.pub16
264.VG16
265.watch16
266.black15
267.BM15
268.bzh15
269.DJ15
270.GD15
271.JE15
272.SR15
273.wtf15
274.events14
275.gallery14
276.ink14
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278.marketing14
279.MV14
280.paris14
281.SM14
282.VA14
283.buzz13
284.coffee13
285.CV13
286.desi13
287.exchange13
288.GI13
289.gift13
290.LC13
291.NF13
292.training13
293.careers12
294.GY12
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296.MR12
297.MUSEUM12
298.MW12
299.PG12
300.software12
301.uno12
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303.cash11
304.ET11
305.onl11
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307.reviews11
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311.FJ10
312.MC10
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317.church9
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319.farm9
320.fund9
321.KY9
322.PN9
323.ren9
324.SZ9
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326.camera8
327.cards8
328.domains8
329.futbol8
330.okinawa8
331.berlin7
332.BI7
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341.BJ6
342.brussels6
343.CW6
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345.graphics6
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363.CG4
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365.dance4
366.estate4
367.finance4
368.foundation4
369.horse4
370.koeln4
371.LR4
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373.POST4
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375.shiksha4
376.SL4
377.surf4
378.ventures4
379.AX3
380.bayern3
381.beer3
382.build3
383.builders3
384.clinic3
385.credit3
386.DM3
387.foo3
388.gop3
389.holiday3
390.institute3
391.jetzt3
392.kiwi3
393.KN3
394.kred3
395.MP3
396.quebec3
397.rehab3
398.rest3
399.TG3
400.university3
401.VI3
402.vision3
403.archi2
404.AW2
405.college2
406.cooking2
407.discount2
408.fish2
409.flights2
410.glass2
411.GP2
412.hamburg2
413.hiphop2
414.juegos2
415.limited2
416.luxury2
417.management2
418.NE2
419.NR2
420.rentals2
421.repair2
422.rio2
423.ryukyu2
424.SB2
425.solar2
426.soy2
427.TD2
428.toys2
429.vegas2
430.vet2
431.wien2
432.AN1
433.AQ1
434.army1
435.blackfriday1
436.bmw1
437.boutique1
438.career1
439.ceo1
440.CK1
441.cleaning1
442.computer1
443.contractors1
444.country1
445.creditcard1
446.diamonds1
447.enterprises1
448.equipment1
449.exposed1
450.fail1
451.financial1
452.fishing1
453.GF1
454.globo1
455.GN1
456.green1
457.GU1
458.GW1
459.haus1
460.holdings1
461.insure1
462.investments1
463.kaufen1
464.KI1
465.limo1
466.miami1
467.monash1
468.MQ1
469.rodeo1
470.saarland1
471.schule1
472.tattoo1
473.tax1
474.tirol1
475.TP1
476.vacations1
477.viajes1
478.villas1
479.vlaanderen1
480.vote1
481.voyage1
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483.active0
484.actor0
485.airforce0
486.ARPA0
487.associates0
488.attorney0
489.autos0
490.axa0
491.bargains0
492.BL0
493.BQ0
494.BV0
495.capetown0
496.catering0
497.cheap0
498.christmas0
499.citic0
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501.cologne0
502.condos0
503.construction0
504.consulting0
505.cruises0
506.degree0
507.democrat0
508.dental0
509.dentist0
510.dnp0
511.durban0
512.EH0
513.engineer0
514.ER0
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516.FK0
517.florist0
518.frogans0
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529.joburg0
530.KM0
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532.lease0
533.lighting0
534.loans0
535.lotto0
536.luxe0
537.maison0
538.mango0
539.meet0
540.MF0
541.MH0
542.mini0
543.mortgage0
544.motorcycles0
545.navy0
546.neustar0
547.nhk0
548.organic0
549.physio0
550.plumbing0
551.productions0
552.properties0
553.qpon0
554.reise0
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557.rich0
558.ruhr0
559.SJ0
560.sohu0
561.SS0
562.supplies0
563.surgery0
564.UM0
565.versicherung0
566.vodka0
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
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648.香港0
649.삼성0
650.테스트0
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