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.NET50514
3.ORG38190
4.RU37158
5.DE35248
6.BR20030
7.JP19778
8.UK19173
9.FR13301
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11.IN12723
12.PL11940
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16.IR8158
17.NL7621
18.ES7407
19.CA4872
20.EU4842
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27.UA3790
28.TV3684
29.ZA3633
30.RO3584
31.SE3392
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33.KR3067
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39.US2771
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41.EDU2636
42.DK2519
43.VN2424
44.NO2051
45.CL1995
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52.MY1331
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55.IE1187
56.SG1152
57.AZ1142
58.HK1125
59.PK1093
60.BY1028
61.IO991
62.BG977
63.LT896
64.PE840
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66.TH778
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80.SA461
81.PW452
82.TK451
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84.MA426
85.EE425
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87.FM417
88.LK400
89.EC355
90.NU342
91.GE331
92.AM314
93.CAT311
94.BD294
95.MK264
96.UZ253
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98.DO248
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100.EG237
101.UY237
102.BA234
103.LU228
104.IS227
105.TRAVEL214
106.LA200
107.BZ197
108.KE196
109.IM186
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112.LY161
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117.QA129
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119.AG124
120.SO122
121.CY115
122.KG110
123.LI108
124.VC105
125.COOP101
126.PA100
127.CU99
128.KW98
129.BO95
130.NP92
131.ST89
132.UG89
133.SV88
134.JOBS86
135.AERO85
136.CM85
137.TZ85
138.GA81
139.AF80
140.INT78
141.OM76
142.TN73
143.MU72
144.PS72
145.SY72
146.ML66
147.JO65
148.today65
149.xyz65
150.LB63
151.RE63
152.SD62
153.guru60
154.SH59
155.NI58
156.GS54
157.TJ54
158.HN52
159.MO50
160.GH49
161.MS48
162.MT48
163.CX47
164.GG47
165.AC41
166.CI41
167.IQ41
168.MIL41
169.CF40
170.SC40
171.SN40
172.SX40
173.TT40
174.BH39
175.TL38
176.KH35
177.AS34
178.PR34
179.center33
180.tips33
181.VU33
182.CD31
183.MM31
184.link30
185.MZ30
186.ninja30
187.TC30
188.MG28
189.directory27
190.ZW26
191.AD25
192.AI25
193.NA25
194.PF25
195.AO23
196.RW22
197.BN21
198.GD21
199.GI21
200.PM21
201.berlin20
202.TF20
203.marketing19
204.ZM19
205.rocks18
206.BT17
207.ET17
208.HT17
209.TM17
210.BI16
211.BW16
212.DJ16
213.MV16
214.pics16
215.solutions16
216.FJ15
217.GY15
218.NC15
219.sexy15
220.tokyo15
221.bike14
222.gallery14
223.GL14
224.JM14
225.photography14
226.technology14
227.YE14
228.zone14
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230.LC13
231.NF13
232.NR13
233.SM13
234.VG13
235.buzz12
236.education12
237.expert12
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239.YT12
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244.SL11
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246.BM10
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268.MP7
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311.london3
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329.dance2
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342.kitchen2
343.kiwi2
344.MH2
345.MW2
346.nagoya2
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350.SB2
351.shoes2
352.singles2
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354.archi1
355.ARPA1
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380.hiphop1
381.hiv1
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384.investments1
385.jetzt1
386.kaufen1
387.KM1
388.koeln1
389.life1
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391.LR1
392.luxury1
393.management1
394.menu1
395.moda1
396.moscow1
397.MQ1
398.ovh1
399.pictures1
400.pink1
401.plumbing1
402.productions1
403.quebec1
404.reisen1
405.ren1
406.rentals1
407.report1
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409.rich1
410.ruhr1
411.TD1
412.toys1
413.TP1
414.vegas1
415.versicherung1
416.viajes1
417.vision1
418.voyage1
419.wtf1
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421.active0
422.actor0
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424.army0
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426.attorney0
427.audio0
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430.bar0
431.beer0
432.BL0
433.black0
434.blackfriday0
435.bmw0
436.BQ0
437.brussels0
438.build0
439.BV0
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443.christmas0
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458.degree0
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468.EH0
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470.engineering0
471.enterprises0
472.ER0
473.feedback0
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475.fish0
476.fishing0
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487.GQ0
488.gratis0
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493.GW0
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544.soy0
545.space0
546.SS0
547.supplies0
548.supply0
549.surf0
550.surgery0
551.tattoo0
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567.website0
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571.yokohama0
572.ΔΟΚΙΜΉ0
573.дети0
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575.мкд0
576.МОН0
577.москва0
578.онлайн0
579.орг0
580.РФ0
581.сайт0
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585.טעסט0
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589.الجزائر0
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591.المغرب0
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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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650.테스트0
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