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.COM514017
2.NET51025
3.ORG42549
4.RU41139
5.DE27873
6.BR20081
7.JP19846
8.UK17971
9.IN15274
10.PL14031
11.IT12267
12.CN11426
13.FR11425
14.INFO9946
15.IR9805
16.AU9007
17.NL8464
18.ES6687
19.GR5371
20.KR5242
21.CA5222
22.TW4698
23.CZ4656
24.UA4639
25.CO4451
26.EU4433
27.MX3941
28.TV3931
29.ZA3909
30.TR3858
31.RO3676
32.VN3651
33.SE3571
34.BIZ3380
35.EDU3317
36.ME3239
37.HU2808
38.CH2796
39.AT2694
40.US2684
41.AR2539
42.DK2450
43.BE2419
44.NO2198
45.ID1969
46.SK1802
47.FI1775
48.CC1672
49.PT1662
50.IL1493
51.HK1334
52.SG1300
53.IO1259
54.IE1256
55.NZ1237
56.MY1225
57.CL1193
58.PK1145
59.LT1117
60.AZ1061
61.BY1055
62.GOV984
63.BG934
64.SU793
65.PE783
66.HR758
67.RS732
68.LV731
69.AE715
70.MOBI688
71.PH678
72.WS606
73.SI551
74.TH546
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76.NG512
77.XXX505
78.TK493
79.PRO455
80.TO453
81.KZ438
82.FM433
83.SA433
84.ASIA426
85.LK405
86.MA376
87.NU374
88.xyz362
89.GE356
90.PW344
91.BD343
92.AM338
93.EC327
94.CAT322
95.EG299
96.IS296
97.club276
98.country264
99.MK260
100.VE248
101.NAME247
102.DO240
103.UY238
104.BA222
105.LU219
106.KE204
107.LA199
108.IM187
109.MD184
110.TRAVEL183
111.BZ178
112.CR167
113.MN164
114.DZ155
115.AL145
116.QA129
117.UZ126
118.KG125
119.LY125
120.LI124
121.SO120
122.PA119
123.GA115
124.AG112
125.JOBS110
126.COOP105
127.CY104
128.GT90
129.today90
130.KW87
131.NP87
132.VC87
133.ST86
134.JO85
135.link85
136.TZ83
137.CF82
138.RE81
139.AERO80
140.CM80
141.ML77
142.UG77
143.INT74
144.VU69
145.AF67
146.BO66
147.CU66
148.guru66
149.TN64
150.PS63
151.website60
152.MU58
153.SH57
154.NI56
155.GG55
156.PY55
157.rocks54
158.MO52
159.MS51
160.AC50
161.GH49
162.SV49
163.GS47
164.SC47
165.KH46
166.MIL46
167.MT45
168.SX45
169.BH43
170.HN41
171.ZW39
172.TT37
173.ninja36
174.OM36
175.tips36
176.CX35
177.AS34
178.PR34
179.SY33
180.tokyo33
181.LB32
182.MG32
183.AD31
184.PM31
185.RW30
186.sexy30
187.TC30
188.TL30
189.TJ29
190.ovh28
191.SN28
192.IQ27
193.AI26
194.NA25
195.TM24
196.directory23
197.GQ23
198.media23
199.red23
200.center22
201.CI22
202.marketing22
203.PF22
204.zone22
205.BT21
206.pics21
207.social21
208.TF21
209.CD20
210.eus20
211.MZ18
212.BI17
213.buzz17
214.GD17
215.MM17
216.NC17
217.solutions17
218.DJ16
219.FO16
220.kim16
221.moe16
222.nyc16
223.pink16
224.BW15
225.digital15
226.GL15
227.land15
228.SM15
229.YE15
230.ZM15
231.agency14
232.host14
233.LC14
234.technology14
235.WF14
236.expert13
237.gallery13
238.MV13
239.NF13
240.support13
241.VG13
242.wiki13
243.AO12
244.company12
245.email12
246.HT12
247.JE12
248.JM12
249.life12
250.photos12
251.wang12
252.education11
253.gal11
254.GY11
255.moscow11
256.systems11
257.YT11
258.academy10
259.BM10
260.global10
261.MC10
262.MUSEUM10
263.NR10
264.report10
265.works10
266.BN9
267.FJ9
268.GI9
269.tools9
270.trade9
271.VA9
272.bike8
273.BS8
274.cool8
275.CV8
276.photography8
277.PN8
278.press8
279.cash7
280.codes7
281.guide7
282.london7
283.paris7
284.SZ7
285.careers6
286.community6
287.desi6
288.DM6
289.domains6
290.farm6
291.GP6
292.international6
293.kiwi6
294.MR6
295.nagoya6
296.photo6
297.reviews6
298.SL6
299.SR6
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301.BB5
302.BF5
303.BJ5
304.cab5
305.estate5
306.gift5
307.GM5
308.ink5
309.KY5
310.NE5
311.POST5
312.TEL5
313.training5
314.watch5
315.wtf5
316.beer4
317.berlin4
318.blue4
319.coffee4
320.dating4
321.discount4
322.ET4
323.hamburg4
324.HM4
325.kitchen4
326.MW4
327.onl4
328.properties4
329.pub4
330.scot4
331.services4
332.uno4
333.ventures4
334.vision4
335.voyage4
336.webcam4
337.bar3
338.camp3
339.care3
340.ceo3
341.CG3
342.cheap3
343.CW3
344.events3
345.fund3
346.futbol3
347.graphics3
348.house3
349.jetzt3
350.KP3
351.moda3
352.MP3
353.partners3
354.pictures3
355.SD3
356.surf3
357.wien3
358.AX2
359.bargains2
360.bid2
361.boutique2
362.brussels2
363.capetown2
364.church2
365.clothing2
366.computer2
367.exchange2
368.fish2
369.gratis2
370.institute2
371.investments2
372.KI2
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374.LR2
375.PG2
376.recipes2
377.repair2
378.rest2
379.shiksha2
380.shoes2
381.singles2
382.solar2
383.tienda2
384.toys2
385.university2
386.vegas2
387.VI2
388.viajes2
389.AN1
390.bio1
391.black1
392.build1
393.builders1
394.BV1
395.bzh1
396.camera1
397.cards1
398.citic1
399.condos1
400.consulting1
401.dance1
402.EH1
403.equipment1
404.exposed1
405.fitness1
406.FK1
407.flights1
408.florist1
409.foundation1
410.glass1
411.GN1
412.gop1
413.GU1
414.holiday1
415.KM1
416.KN1
417.koeln1
418.lawyer1
419.limited1
420.LS1
421.luxury1
422.management1
423.market1
424.menu1
425.mortgage1
426.MQ1
427.parts1
428.plumbing1
429.quebec1
430.reise1
431.ren1
432.rentals1
433.software1
434.tax1
435.TD1
436.TG1
437.TP1
438.yokohama1
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440.active0
441.actor0
442.airforce0
443.AQ0
444.archi0
445.army0
446.ARPA0
447.associates0
448.attorney0
449.autos0
450.AW0
451.axa0
452.bayern0
453.best0
454.BL0
455.blackfriday0
456.bmw0
457.BQ0
458.capital0
459.career0
460.catering0
461.christmas0
462.CK0
463.claims0
464.cleaning0
465.clinic0
466.college0
467.cologne0
468.construction0
469.contractors0
470.cooking0
471.credit0
472.creditcard0
473.cruises0
474.degree0
475.democrat0
476.dental0
477.dentist0
478.diamonds0
479.dnp0
480.durban0
481.engineer0
482.engineering0
483.enterprises0
484.ER0
485.fail0
486.feedback0
487.finance0
488.financial0
489.fishing0
490.foo0
491.frogans0
492.furniture0
493.GB0
494.GF0
495.gives0
496.globo0
497.gmo0
498.green0
499.gripe0
500.guitars0
501.GW0
502.haus0
503.hiphop0
504.hiv0
505.holdings0
506.homes0
507.horse0
508.immobilien0
509.industries0
510.insure0
511.joburg0
512.juegos0
513.kaufen0
514.kred0
515.lease0
516.limo0
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518.lotto0
519.luxe0
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521.mango0
522.meet0
523.MF0
524.MH0
525.miami0
526.mini0
527.monash0
528.motorcycles0
529.navy0
530.neustar0
531.nhk0
532.okinawa0
533.organic0
534.physio0
535.productions0
536.qpon0
537.rehab0
538.reisen0
539.republican0
540.rich0
541.rio0
542.rodeo0
543.ruhr0
544.ryukyu0
545.saarland0
546.SB0
547.schule0
548.SJ0
549.sohu0
550.soy0
551.space0
552.SS0
553.supplies0
554.supply0
555.surgery0
556.tattoo0
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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