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.NET50632
3.RU43389
4.ORG42669
5.DE28506
6.JP22245
7.BR19019
8.UK18237
9.IN16471
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11.IT12980
12.FR12540
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16.AU8801
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24.TW4776
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27.ZA3984
28.VN3947
29.MX3909
30.TV3826
31.TR3815
32.RO3592
33.BIZ3407
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38.HU2817
39.AT2714
40.BE2641
41.AR2576
42.US2551
43.NO2430
44.DK2351
45.ID1981
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48.PT1699
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52.IO1482
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54.IL1442
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58.SG1341
59.IE1275
60.PK1236
61.BG1081
62.LT1078
63.GOV1060
64.TH1022
65.SU893
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79.EE529
80.MA506
81.PRO485
82.TO482
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84.PW445
85.XXX441
86.LK440
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88.FM405
89.GE389
90.UZ362
91.NG357
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93.xyz356
94.CAT348
95.AM338
96.NU335
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98.IS295
99.EG288
100.MK271
101.UY265
102.NAME260
103.DO241
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105.TRAVEL222
106.BA218
107.link212
108.KE208
109.LA203
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121.GT131
122.today131
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125.LY125
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127.CY123
128.PA120
129.SO117
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131.PY114
132.CU106
133.KG105
134.BO104
135.LI103
136.NP102
137.OM102
138.VC99
139.guru98
140.AG96
141.AERO93
142.ninja92
143.TZ91
144.JO87
145.INT85
146.ST82
147.SV81
148.CF79
149.UG78
150.CM75
151.AF73
152.GG73
153.MU72
154.PS72
155.RE72
156.SH68
157.GQ62
158.SY62
159.space61
160.NI59
161.tokyo59
162.BH58
163.MS57
164.GH56
165.media56
166.AC55
167.rocks55
168.LB54
169.MO54
170.GS53
171.KH53
172.MIL53
173.IQ52
174.wang52
175.TJ50
176.MT49
177.VU48
178.HN47
179.sexy47
180.TT46
181.CI45
182.RW45
183.SN45
184.TL44
185.SX43
186.SC42
187.BN37
188.life36
189.MM36
190.PR36
191.MZ35
192.TC35
193.AO34
194.MG34
195.agency33
196.CD33
197.CX33
198.SD33
199.eus32
200.ZW31
201.pics30
202.red30
203.tips30
204.zone30
205.NA29
206.ovh29
207.PM29
208.AD28
209.BT28
210.AI27
211.center27
212.kim27
213.AS26
214.moe25
215.PF25
216.ZM25
217.social24
218.TM24
219.academy23
220.FO23
221.tools23
222.global22
223.TF22
224.digital21
225.host21
226.wiki21
227.buzz19
228.company19
229.expert19
230.nyc19
231.press19
232.HT18
233.NC18
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236.BW17
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238.GD17
239.GL17
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241.webcam17
242.berlin16
243.london16
244.MV16
245.pink16
246.VG16
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248.GI15
249.GY15
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251.photos15
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260.email13
261.FJ13
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263.gallery13
264.MUSEUM13
265.YT13
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267.CV12
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271.photography12
272.PN12
273.technology12
274.audio11
275.BI11
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280.NF11
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322.wtf6
323.AX5
324.BB5
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330.desi5
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342.yokohama5
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362.vegas4
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364.brussels3
365.camp3
366.capetown3
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368.church3
369.clinic3
370.dance3
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374.kiwi3
375.MP3
376.NE3
377.quebec3
378.recipes3
379.reise3
380.rest3
381.solar3
382.surf3
383.TEL3
384.university3
385.ventures3
386.VI3
387.bar2
388.bargains2
389.builders2
390.cleaning2
391.computer2
392.consulting2
393.CW2
394.DM2
395.equipment2
396.GF2
397.hiphop2
398.immobilien2
399.KN2
400.limited2
401.management2
402.MQ2
403.okinawa2
404.parts2
405.properties2
406.ren2
407.rentals2
408.repair2
409.singles2
410.TG2
411.toys2
412.vet2
413.vision2
414.wien2
415.AN1
416.AQ1
417.archi1
418.AW1
419.bayern1
420.bid1
421.capital1
422.career1
423.claims1
424.college1
425.construction1
426.credit1
427.creditcard1
428.cruises1
429.dental1
430.dentist1
431.engineer1
432.exposed1
433.fail1
434.finance1
435.fish1
436.fishing1
437.flights1
438.fund1
439.glass1
440.globo1
441.GU1
442.haus1
443.horse1
444.institute1
445.insure1
446.investments1
447.juegos1
448.LR1
449.luxury1
450.MH1
451.monash1
452.productions1
453.reisen1
454.ryukyu1
455.saarland1
456.SB1
457.soy1
458.supply1
459.tienda1
460.tirol1
461.town1
462.TP1
463.vacations1
464.accountants0
465.active0
466.airforce0
467.army0
468.ARPA0
469.associates0
470.attorney0
471.autos0
472.axa0
473.BL0
474.blackfriday0
475.bmw0
476.BQ0
477.build0
478.BV0
479.catering0
480.cheap0
481.christmas0
482.citic0
483.CK0
484.cologne0
485.condos0
486.contractors0
487.cooking0
488.degree0
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491.dnp0
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493.EH0
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495.enterprises0
496.ER0
497.feedback0
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499.FK0
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501.foo0
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504.GB0
505.gives0
506.gmo0
507.GN0
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509.green0
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511.guitars0
512.GW0
513.hiv0
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533.MF0
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537.motorcycles0
538.navy0
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543.plumbing0
544.qpon0
545.rehab0
546.republican0
547.rich0
548.rio0
549.rodeo0
550.ruhr0
551.schule0
552.SJ0
553.sohu0
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555.supplies0
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557.tattoo0
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561.versicherung0
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563.villas0
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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
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583.УКР0
584.ҚАЗ0
585.טעסט0
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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
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