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.NET50225
3.RU45042
4.ORG42048
5.DE28068
6.JP21331
7.BR19694
8.UK18140
9.IN15978
10.PL13579
11.IT12060
12.FR11986
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19.KR6009
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22.CO5071
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26.CZ4607
27.VN4171
28.MX4129
29.ZA3992
30.TV3811
31.RO3560
32.TR3493
33.ME3408
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39.BE2674
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41.US2514
42.AR2480
43.NO2474
44.DK2365
45.ID2163
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50.PT1594
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56.BY1388
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60.PK1235
61.AZ1181
62.LT1094
63.BG1068
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65.TH1029
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80.NG537
81.PRO521
82.EE519
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84.TO495
85.MA482
86.XXX461
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88.PW438
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90.FM400
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93.BD350
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95.AM318
96.EG311
97.IS307
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99.CAT294
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106.DO243
107.GA237
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117.CR167
118.website165
119.QA159
120.GT147
121.today136
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123.LY132
124.JOBS129
125.PY126
126.LI121
127.KG117
128.NP113
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131.CU110
132.PA110
133.TZ109
134.COOP108
135.AERO104
136.KW104
137.AG103
138.ninja103
139.CF98
140.OM97
141.VC96
142.SO95
143.JO93
144.guru87
145.GQ86
146.TJ84
147.TN83
148.INT80
149.sexy80
150.CM77
151.GG76
152.tokyo76
153.AF75
154.GH74
155.RE74
156.SV74
157.ST73
158.rocks71
159.UG70
160.media69
161.MU69
162.PS69
163.NI59
164.SH59
165.space58
166.KH56
167.MS56
168.HN55
169.MO55
170.MT55
171.MIL54
172.TT54
173.AC53
174.CI53
175.BH51
176.life48
177.GS47
178.IQ47
179.SC47
180.SX47
181.LB46
182.SN46
183.SY45
184.tips43
185.TL42
186.MM41
187.pics40
188.VU40
189.ZW40
190.MG39
191.wang38
192.BN37
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194.center36
195.AD35
196.CX34
197.RW34
198.agency32
199.BT32
200.AI31
201.moe31
202.ovh31
203.PM31
204.digital29
205.press29
206.red29
207.SD29
208.wiki29
209.FO28
210.global28
211.zone28
212.PF27
213.TC27
214.host26
215.social26
216.AS25
217.PR25
218.company24
219.MZ24
220.TF24
221.TM24
222.kim23
223.academy22
224.HT22
225.CD21
226.eus21
227.expert21
228.marketing21
229.buzz20
230.directory20
231.gratis20
232.bike19
233.NC19
234.YT19
235.london18
236.moscow18
237.nyc18
238.pink18
239.report18
240.tools18
241.AO17
242.email17
243.GD17
244.GL17
245.JE17
246.reviews17
247.GI16
248.guide16
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251.education15
252.gift15
253.JM15
254.MV15
255.support15
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261.gallery14
262.land14
263.pub14
264.solutions14
265.uno14
266.codes13
267.DJ13
268.MUSEUM13
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270.photos13
271.technology13
272.works13
273.ZM13
274.berlin12
275.PN12
276.SM12
277.VG12
278.wtf12
279.YE12
280.blue11
281.BM11
282.cool11
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284.services11
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306.KY8
307.NR8
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311.desi7
312.GM7
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322.futbol6
323.kiwi6
324.nagoya6
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376.KP3
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379.shiksha3
380.shoes3
381.vacations3
382.vegas3
383.wien3
384.archi2
385.brussels2
386.build2
387.builders2
388.capital2
389.CW2
390.dating2
391.equipment2
392.fishing2
393.flights2
394.glass2
395.holiday2
396.immobilien2
397.investments2
398.juegos2
399.KN2
400.limited2
401.LS2
402.management2
403.MP2
404.productions2
405.rehab2
406.reise2
407.ren2
408.rentals2
409.repair2
410.SB2
411.singles2
412.supply2
413.tienda2
414.tirol2
415.town2
416.VI2
417.vision2
418.AQ1
419.associates1
420.attorney1
421.AW1
422.axa1
423.bar1
424.bargains1
425.bayern1
426.blackfriday1
427.capetown1
428.catering1
429.cleaning1
430.college1
431.computer1
432.contractors1
433.creditcard1
434.discount1
435.engineering1
436.finance1
437.fish1
438.foo1
439.globo1
440.gop1
441.GU1
442.haus1
443.hiphop1
444.institute1
445.joburg1
446.KI1
447.LR1
448.luxury1
449.mango1
450.MH1
451.monash1
452.MQ1
453.NE1
454.properties1
455.qpon1
456.quebec1
457.reisen1
458.rest1
459.rio1
460.ruhr1
461.ryukyu1
462.soy1
463.tattoo1
464.tax1
465.TG1
466.toys1
467.university1
468.accountants0
469.active0
470.airforce0
471.AN0
472.army0
473.ARPA0
474.autos0
475.BL0
476.bmw0
477.BQ0
478.BV0
479.career0
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481.christmas0
482.citic0
483.CK0
484.claims0
485.cologne0
486.condos0
487.construction0
488.cooking0
489.credit0
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491.dance0
492.degree0
493.democrat0
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495.dentist0
496.diamonds0
497.dnp0
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505.FK0
506.florist0
507.frogans0
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509.GB0
510.GF0
511.gives0
512.gmo0
513.GN0
514.green0
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536.MF0
537.miami0
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541.navy0
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543.nhk0
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545.physio0
546.plumbing0
547.republican0
548.rich0
549.rodeo0
550.saarland0
551.schule0
552.SJ0
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554.SS0
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557.TD0
558.TP0
559.UM0
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561.vet0
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563.villas0
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565.vodka0
566.vote0
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571.yachts0
572.ΔΟΚΙΜΉ0
573.дети0
574.ИСПЫТАНИЕ0
575.мкд0
576.МОН0
577.москва0
578.онлайн0
579.орг0
580.РФ0
581.сайт0
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583.УКР0
584.ҚАЗ0
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587.إختبار0
588.الاردن0
589.الجزائر0
590.السعودية0
591.المغرب0
592.امارات0
593.ایران0
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595.بھارت0
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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
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