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.NET49580
3.ORG43839
4.RU33146
5.DE29284
6.BR22624
7.JP21282
8.UK18657
9.IN15941
10.PL14027
11.IT13309
12.FR11897
13.CN11490
14.IR9868
15.INFO9529
16.AU9460
17.NL8251
18.ES7091
19.KR6234
20.GR5590
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26.EU4522
27.ZA4148
28.TR4048
29.RO3835
30.VN3739
31.TV3653
32.EDU3477
33.SE3336
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36.CH2911
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38.AT2862
39.HU2806
40.BE2665
41.US2644
42.NO2371
43.DK2331
44.AR2149
45.ID1969
46.SK1962
47.PT1769
48.CC1615
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50.IL1532
51.IO1484
52.HK1443
53.NZ1387
54.SG1332
55.IE1315
56.PK1182
57.LT1134
58.MY1124
59.GOV1031
60.CL951
61.BG916
62.AE817
63.HR809
64.RS806
65.PE797
66.LV750
67.AZ693
68.MOBI659
69.SU636
70.BY627
71.SI612
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78.XXX434
79.PRO433
80.ASIA419
81.FM414
82.TH390
83.SA375
84.CAT373
85.NU361
86.AM358
87.PW354
88.kim344
89.EC339
90.BD310
91.KZ309
92.EG307
93.IS306
94.LK289
95.club285
96.MA279
97.MK274
98.BA268
99.UY265
100.country261
101.xyz245
102.NAME242
103.DO240
104.VE240
105.KE239
106.LU224
107.IM216
108.GE200
109.TRAVEL196
110.LA185
111.MD179
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113.MN167
114.CR156
115.AL143
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117.LY126
118.SO121
119.GA119
120.COOP116
121.DZ116
122.CY115
123.JOBS114
124.AG109
125.website109
126.NP108
127.ML106
128.LI103
129.today103
130.PA100
131.VC100
132.UZ95
133.QA86
134.CF85
135.AERO82
136.ST80
137.INT79
138.JO76
139.TZ72
140.guru71
141.MU70
142.MO67
143.RE67
144.KG65
145.TN64
146.BO62
147.GT62
148.MS62
149.PS62
150.CM60
151.GG59
152.rocks58
153.SH58
154.ninja57
155.VU57
156.CU55
157.NI55
158.AF53
159.SV52
160.UG52
161.KW51
162.AC50
163.GS50
164.red50
165.MIL49
166.MT49
167.GH47
168.GQ46
169.SC45
170.KH44
171.SX44
172.tokyo43
173.TL42
174.media41
175.sexy39
176.CX38
177.tips38
178.TT37
179.PY36
180.SN35
181.AD34
182.PR34
183.OM33
184.space33
185.AS31
186.HN30
187.MG30
188.NA30
189.ZW30
190.agency29
191.eus29
192.IQ28
193.zone28
194.ovh27
195.TC27
196.CI26
197.life25
198.social25
199.CD24
200.moe24
201.PF24
202.nyc23
203.BH22
204.PM22
205.center21
206.LB21
207.NC21
208.solutions21
209.TM21
210.AI20
211.BT20
212.SY20
213.TF20
214.buzz19
215.GD19
216.GL19
217.MZ19
218.email18
219.expert18
220.TJ18
221.company17
222.host17
223.marketing17
224.FO16
225.land16
226.photos16
227.pink16
228.technology16
229.digital15
230.directory15
231.DJ15
232.global15
233.JE15
234.SM15
235.tools15
236.VG15
237.wiki15
238.domains14
239.pics14
240.report14
241.academy13
242.education13
243.gal13
244.gallery13
245.MUSEUM13
246.WF13
247.ZM13
248.BF12
249.BI12
250.bike12
251.blue12
252.LC12
253.MM12
254.MV12
255.NF12
256.reviews12
257.RW12
258.support12
259.watch12
260.AO11
261.BM11
262.BW11
263.GY11
264.HT11
265.JM11
266.MC11
267.NR11
268.paris11
269.PN11
270.press11
271.systems11
272.berlin10
273.cash10
274.codes10
275.community10
276.photography10
277.works10
278.YT10
279.GI9
280.moscow9
281.pub9
282.VA9
283.wang9
284.BS8
285.desi8
286.events8
287.farm8
288.FJ8
289.guide8
290.london8
291.scot8
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293.CV7
294.gift7
295.HM7
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297.onl7
298.photo7
299.wtf7
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304.exchange6
305.GM6
306.GP6
307.ink6
308.kiwi6
309.KY6
310.MP6
311.PG6
312.services6
313.SL6
314.SR6
315.SZ6
316.trade6
317.audio5
318.CG5
319.clothing5
320.cool5
321.moda5
322.MW5
323.nagoya5
324.partners5
325.POST5
326.recipes5
327.training5
328.uno5
329.voyage5
330.BN4
331.bzh4
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333.careers4
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336.estate4
337.house4
338.kitchen4
339.pictures4
340.SD4
341.supply4
342.TEL4
343.toys4
344.ventures4
345.wien4
346.BJ3
347.camp3
348.capetown3
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350.CW3
351.DM3
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354.graphics3
355.gratis3
356.hamburg3
357.jetzt3
358.joburg3
359.KP3
360.MQ3
361.NE3
362.properties3
363.quebec3
364.shoes3
365.singles3
366.surf3
367.tienda3
368.VI3
369.viajes3
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371.beer2
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374.brussels2
375.capital2
376.ceo2
377.cheap2
378.college2
379.dating2
380.discount2
381.EH2
382.ET2
383.immobilien2
384.institute2
385.kaufen2
386.LS2
387.luxury2
388.menu2
389.MR2
390.parts2
391.ren2
392.TG2
393.town2
394.university2
395.vegas2
396.vision2
397.airforce1
398.AN1
399.AW1
400.AX1
401.bargains1
402.bio1
403.builders1
404.cards1
405.citic1
406.CK1
407.claims1
408.cleaning1
409.cologne1
410.computer1
411.condos1
412.consulting1
413.cruises1
414.dance1
415.dentist1
416.equipment1
417.exposed1
418.finance1
419.fitness1
420.flights1
421.florist1
422.futbol1
423.GF1
424.glass1
425.gop1
426.hiphop1
427.holiday1
428.horse1
429.investments1
430.KM1
431.koeln1
432.lighting1
433.limited1
434.limo1
435.LR1
436.market1
437.MH1
438.okinawa1
439.plumbing1
440.rentals1
441.SB1
442.shiksha1
443.software1
444.solar1
445.TD1
446.TP1
447.vet1
448.villas1
449.webcam1
450.yokohama1
451.accountants0
452.active0
453.actor0
454.AQ0
455.archi0
456.army0
457.ARPA0
458.associates0
459.attorney0
460.autos0
461.axa0
462.bayern0
463.BL0
464.blackfriday0
465.bmw0
466.BQ0
467.build0
468.BV0
469.career0
470.catering0
471.christmas0
472.clinic0
473.construction0
474.contractors0
475.cooking0
476.credit0
477.creditcard0
478.degree0
479.democrat0
480.dental0
481.diamonds0
482.dnp0
483.durban0
484.engineer0
485.engineering0
486.enterprises0
487.ER0
488.fail0
489.feedback0
490.financial0
491.fish0
492.fishing0
493.FK0
494.foo0
495.frogans0
496.furniture0
497.GB0
498.gives0
499.globo0
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501.GN0
502.green0
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504.GU0
505.guitars0
506.GW0
507.haus0
508.hiv0
509.holdings0
510.homes0
511.industries0
512.insure0
513.juegos0
514.KI0
515.KN0
516.kred0
517.lawyer0
518.lease0
519.loans0
520.lotto0
521.luxe0
522.maison0
523.management0
524.mango0
525.meet0
526.MF0
527.miami0
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530.mortgage0
531.motorcycles0
532.navy0
533.neustar0
534.nhk0
535.organic0
536.physio0
537.productions0
538.qpon0
539.rehab0
540.reise0
541.reisen0
542.repair0
543.republican0
544.rest0
545.rich0
546.rio0
547.rodeo0
548.ruhr0
549.ryukyu0
550.saarland0
551.schule0
552.SJ0
553.sohu0
554.soy0
555.SS0
556.supplies0
557.surgery0
558.tattoo0
559.tax0
560.tirol0
561.UM0
562.vacations0
563.versicherung0
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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