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.NET50133
3.ORG43496
4.RU38572
5.DE28865
6.JP20888
7.BR20802
8.UK18630
9.IN15464
10.PL14668
11.IT12940
12.FR11847
13.CN10027
14.IR9945
15.INFO9808
16.AU9757
17.NL8610
18.ES7043
19.CA5502
20.GR5499
21.KR5212
22.UA4869
23.CO4775
24.CZ4764
25.TW4575
26.EU4565
27.ZA4128
28.TR3923
29.RO3852
30.TV3727
31.SE3687
32.MX3485
33.EDU3442
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35.ME3310
36.VN3120
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38.HU2832
39.AT2794
40.US2632
41.BE2558
42.DK2441
43.NO2358
44.AR2325
45.ID2000
46.SK1912
47.FI1777
48.PT1707
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50.IL1490
51.HK1376
52.IO1376
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54.CL1346
55.NZ1344
56.SG1321
57.MY1180
58.PK1153
59.LT1137
60.GOV1006
61.BG933
62.BY922
63.PE813
64.HR806
65.RS791
66.AE789
67.LV739
68.SU723
69.PH715
70.MOBI669
71.SI583
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78.TO463
79.NG460
80.country434
81.FM424
82.ASIA423
83.SA410
84.AZ389
85.NU383
86.LK381
87.KZ380
88.CAT350
89.EC350
90.MA350
91.PW341
92.IS339
93.GE333
94.AM332
95.BD326
96.EG323
97.club287
98.xyz280
99.MK267
100.VE258
101.BA247
102.NAME246
103.UY245
104.DO232
105.LU229
106.KE228
107.TRAVEL205
108.LA203
109.IM198
110.MD193
111.BZ189
112.CR152
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114.AL149
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116.kim139
117.LY128
118.COOP122
119.SO122
120.CY114
121.link114
122.LI113
123.JOBS110
124.QA105
125.AG103
126.PA103
127.GA102
128.VC98
129.NP97
130.today97
131.UZ94
132.ST86
133.GT85
134.website85
135.TZ84
136.AERO81
137.JO81
138.CM80
139.CF78
140.INT78
141.ML76
142.RE75
143.guru73
144.MU65
145.CU63
146.NI63
147.PS62
148.KG61
149.rocks61
150.VU59
151.BO58
152.GG57
153.MS56
154.TN56
155.UG55
156.AC54
157.ninja53
158.AF51
159.SH51
160.GS50
161.MT49
162.KW48
163.SV48
164.GH47
165.MO47
166.SX47
167.MIL46
168.tokyo45
169.KH44
170.PY44
171.red43
172.OM42
173.TL42
174.ZW41
175.HN40
176.SC40
177.BH38
178.CX37
179.GQ35
180.MG35
181.media34
182.PR34
183.AD33
184.tips33
185.AS32
186.sexy32
187.PM30
188.SN30
189.TT30
190.NA29
191.TC29
192.TJ29
193.ovh27
194.SY26
195.marketing25
196.MZ25
197.center24
198.eus24
199.BT23
200.NC23
201.CD22
202.LB22
203.solutions22
204.TM22
205.AI21
206.moe21
207.PF21
208.social21
209.digital20
210.directory20
211.BI19
212.buzz19
213.GL19
214.IQ19
215.pics19
216.RW19
217.TF19
218.GD18
219.SM18
220.zone18
221.agency17
222.BW17
223.company17
224.email17
225.global17
226.MM17
227.nyc17
228.pink17
229.FO16
230.JE16
231.photos16
232.VG16
233.wiki16
234.AO15
235.land15
236.MV15
237.CI14
238.life13
239.paris13
240.technology13
241.academy12
242.codes12
243.DJ12
244.education12
245.gal12
246.host12
247.HT12
248.moscow12
249.MUSEUM12
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251.bike11
252.BM11
253.expert11
254.gallery11
255.guide11
256.JM11
257.NR11
258.support11
259.systems11
260.tools11
261.YT11
262.blue10
263.FJ10
264.GI10
265.GY10
266.KY10
267.photography10
268.PN10
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274.NF9
275.pub9
276.scot9
277.SD9
278.WF9
279.YE9
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283.gift8
284.press8
285.reviews8
286.trade8
287.VA8
288.wang8
289.works8
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295.CV7
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297.kitchen7
298.onl7
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301.watch7
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303.BF6
304.BN6
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306.desi6
307.international6
308.kiwi6
309.services6
310.cab5
311.coffee5
312.DM5
313.events5
314.HM5
315.nagoya5
316.partners5
317.POST5
318.SL5
319.SR5
320.training5
321.voyage5
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323.BB4
324.beer4
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327.careers4
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330.clothing4
331.ET4
332.GP4
333.moda4
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336.surf4
337.TG4
338.vision4
339.webcam4
340.brussels3
341.camp3
342.capetown3
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345.CW3
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351.GM3
352.graphics3
353.gratis3
354.institute3
355.lawyer3
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357.MW3
358.NE3
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361.properties3
362.recipes3
363.SB3
364.shoes3
365.solar3
366.space3
367.TEL3
368.wien3
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370.AX2
371.bargains2
372.bid2
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374.blackfriday2
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376.catering2
377.computer2
378.condos2
379.futbol2
380.gop2
381.hamburg2
382.house2
383.KP2
384.menu2
385.rentals2
386.rest2
387.shiksha2
388.singles2
389.tienda2
390.town2
391.toys2
392.vegas2
393.viajes2
394.airforce1
395.AN1
396.archi1
397.AW1
398.bar1
399.best1
400.builders1
401.camera1
402.capital1
403.cards1
404.CK1
405.college1
406.consulting1
407.dance1
408.exposed1
409.finance1
410.fish1
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412.flights1
413.florist1
414.foundation1
415.glass1
416.GN1
417.GU1
418.hiphop1
419.holiday1
420.industries1
421.insure1
422.investments1
423.jetzt1
424.lease1
425.lighting1
426.limited1
427.LS1
428.luxury1
429.management1
430.market1
431.MH1
432.MQ1
433.parts1
434.plumbing1
435.quebec1
436.reise1
437.ren1
438.saarland1
439.software1
440.supply1
441.tax1
442.university1
443.ventures1
444.vet1
445.VI1
446.villas1
447.yokohama1
448.accountants0
449.active0
450.actor0
451.AQ0
452.army0
453.ARPA0
454.associates0
455.autos0
456.axa0
457.bayern0
458.BL0
459.bmw0
460.BQ0
461.build0
462.BV0
463.career0
464.christmas0
465.citic0
466.claims0
467.cleaning0
468.clinic0
469.cologne0
470.construction0
471.contractors0
472.cooking0
473.credit0
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475.cruises0
476.degree0
477.democrat0
478.dental0
479.dentist0
480.diamonds0
481.dnp0
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483.EH0
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485.engineering0
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487.equipment0
488.ER0
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493.FK0
494.foo0
495.frogans0
496.furniture0
497.GB0
498.GF0
499.gives0
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501.gmo0
502.green0
503.gripe0
504.guitars0
505.GW0
506.haus0
507.hiv0
508.holdings0
509.homes0
510.horse0
511.immobilien0
512.joburg0
513.juegos0
514.kaufen0
515.KI0
516.KM0
517.KN0
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524.luxe0
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526.mango0
527.meet0
528.MF0
529.miami0
530.mini0
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532.mortgage0
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534.navy0
535.neustar0
536.nhk0
537.okinawa0
538.organic0
539.physio0
540.productions0
541.qpon0
542.rehab0
543.reisen0
544.republican0
545.rich0
546.rio0
547.rodeo0
548.ruhr0
549.ryukyu0
550.schule0
551.SJ0
552.sohu0
553.soy0
554.SS0
555.supplies0
556.surgery0
557.tattoo0
558.TD0
559.tirol0
560.TP0
561.UM0
562.vacations0
563.versicherung0
564.vlaanderen0
565.vodka0
566.vote0
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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
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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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649.삼성0
650.테스트0
651.한국0

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