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.NET50967
3.RU42911
4.ORG41737
5.DE29797
6.JP19552
7.BR19345
8.UK18138
9.IN13601
10.PL13357
11.IT12730
12.FR12186
13.CN10758
14.INFO9922
15.IR9330
16.AU8928
17.NL8607
18.ES6984
19.GR5384
20.CA4954
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26.CO4204
27.ZA3971
28.RO3901
29.MX3892
30.TV3859
31.BIZ3819
32.SE3779
33.TR3492
34.EDU3316
35.ME3041
36.VN2972
37.AT2879
38.US2824
39.CH2758
40.HU2739
41.DK2611
42.BE2567
43.AR2390
44.NO2086
45.ID1814
46.FI1725
47.SK1680
48.PT1653
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50.MY1456
51.KZ1418
52.IL1416
53.CL1412
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55.NZ1245
56.HK1214
57.SG1212
58.AZ1202
59.IE1188
60.PK1127
61.IO1119
62.BG1037
63.LT1026
64.GOV963
65.TH874
66.SU838
67.MOBI725
68.PE717
69.HR714
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71.RS656
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73.WS642
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76.NG565
77.XXX529
78.SI517
79.EE501
80.PRO485
81.SA466
82.TK449
83.ASIA433
84.FM431
85.TO430
86.MA414
87.PW380
88.NU356
89.LK355
90.CAT344
91.GE332
92.AM327
93.BD307
94.EC292
95.NAME289
96.IS267
97.MK254
98.UY243
99.UZ241
100.DO236
101.EG235
102.LU230
103.MN226
104.BA221
105.LA212
106.IM198
107.BZ196
108.MD195
109.KE194
110.TRAVEL186
111.club185
112.DZ179
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114.CR156
115.GT134
116.AL131
117.QA129
118.TZ122
119.PY120
120.KG117
121.AG116
122.SO113
123.LI111
124.xyz107
125.PA106
126.CY102
127.BO101
128.UG100
129.CU99
130.KW98
131.COOP96
132.JOBS96
133.GA95
134.ST90
135.INT85
136.ML82
137.VC82
138.CM80
139.TN80
140.today80
141.RE74
142.AF73
143.NP73
144.OM72
145.AERO69
146.PS67
147.SV67
148.JO59
149.SH58
150.SY58
151.LB55
152.guru52
153.MS52
154.GS51
155.MT51
156.MU51
157.NI51
158.VU51
159.IQ50
160.MO50
161.SC50
162.SD50
163.GG49
164.TT48
165.TJ47
166.GH46
167.KH45
168.SX45
169.HN44
170.CF43
171.CI43
172.MIL42
173.BH41
174.AC40
175.CD40
176.MM38
177.PR37
178.SN37
179.CX36
180.TL36
181.tips34
182.link33
183.MZ33
184.TC33
185.ZW32
186.ninja31
187.BT29
188.MG29
189.AO26
190.PM26
191.rocks26
192.RW26
193.TF26
194.AS25
195.center25
196.BN24
197.PF24
198.AD23
199.AI21
200.NA21
201.directory20
202.GI20
203.GD19
204.NC19
205.sexy19
206.TM19
207.BI18
208.FO17
209.ZM17
210.agency16
211.BW16
212.GL16
213.media16
214.SM16
215.tokyo16
216.berlin15
217.BF15
218.DJ15
219.HT14
220.JM14
221.land14
222.VG14
223.website14
224.wiki14
225.moe13
226.ovh13
227.pics13
228.wang13
229.YE13
230.zone13
231.MR12
232.MV12
233.NF12
234.YT12
235.academy11
236.bike11
237.buzz11
238.gallery11
239.JE11
240.LC11
241.marketing11
242.BM10
243.ET10
244.expert10
245.FJ10
246.MUSEUM10
247.NR10
248.TEL10
249.VA10
250.BJ9
251.CV9
252.KY9
253.PN9
254.SL9
255.social9
256.support9
257.technology9
258.BS8
259.company8
260.gal8
261.GY8
262.MC8
263.nyc8
264.red8
265.training8
266.codes7
267.community7
268.domains7
269.events7
270.life7
271.london7
272.MW7
273.photos7
274.solutions7
275.uno7
276.WF7
277.works7
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279.eus6
280.guide6
281.host6
282.paris6
283.PG6
284.photography6
285.systems6
286.trade6
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288.cash5
289.cool5
290.email5
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292.GP5
293.gratis5
294.HM5
295.kim5
296.POST5
297.properties5
298.reviews5
299.SZ5
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301.bargains4
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303.cab4
304.clothing4
305.desi4
306.digital4
307.farm4
308.fund4
309.KP4
310.NE4
311.press4
312.pub4
313.report4
314.ventures4
315.VI4
316.watch4
317.careers3
318.ceo3
319.consulting3
320.CW3
321.DM3
322.gift3
323.global3
324.house3
325.international3
326.kiwi3
327.LS3
328.MP3
329.onl3
330.partners3
331.pictures3
332.plumbing3
333.rentals3
334.scot3
335.singles3
336.SR3
337.tools3
338.wtf3
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340.bayern2
341.best2
342.blue2
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345.CG2
346.coffee2
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349.estate2
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351.fail2
352.futbol2
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354.glass2
355.graphics2
356.hamburg2
357.ink2
358.jetzt2
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361.LR2
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363.moscow2
364.nagoya2
365.recipes2
366.services2
367.shoes2
368.soy2
369.TG2
370.vegas2
371.viajes2
372.vision2
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374.ARPA1
375.AX1
376.bid1
377.bio1
378.brussels1
379.builders1
380.BV1
381.capital1
382.cards1
383.cheap1
384.CK1
385.cleaning1
386.construction1
387.contractors1
388.creditcard1
389.dance1
390.dental1
391.discount1
392.equipment1
393.exposed1
394.financial1
395.florist1
396.GB1
397.GN1
398.holiday1
399.institute1
400.investments1
401.kaufen1
402.KI1
403.KM1
404.lighting1
405.limited1
406.limo1
407.luxury1
408.MH1
409.MQ1
410.pink1
411.ren1
412.repair1
413.SB1
414.shiksha1
415.solar1
416.tattoo1
417.TD1
418.toys1
419.TP1
420.university1
421.vote1
422.wien1
423.accountants0
424.active0
425.actor0
426.airforce0
427.AQ0
428.archi0
429.army0
430.associates0
431.attorney0
432.autos0
433.axa0
434.bar0
435.beer0
436.BL0
437.black0
438.blackfriday0
439.bmw0
440.boutique0
441.BQ0
442.build0
443.bzh0
444.capetown0
445.career0
446.catering0
447.christmas0
448.church0
449.citic0
450.claims0
451.clinic0
452.college0
453.cologne0
454.condos0
455.cooking0
456.country0
457.credit0
458.cruises0
459.degree0
460.democrat0
461.dentist0
462.diamonds0
463.dnp0
464.durban0
465.EH0
466.engineer0
467.engineering0
468.enterprises0
469.ER0
470.feedback0
471.finance0
472.fish0
473.fishing0
474.fitness0
475.FK0
476.flights0
477.foo0
478.foundation0
479.frogans0
480.furniture0
481.gives0
482.globo0
483.gmo0
484.gop0
485.GQ0
486.green0
487.gripe0
488.GU0
489.guitars0
490.GW0
491.haus0
492.hiphop0
493.hiv0
494.holdings0
495.homes0
496.horse0
497.immobilien0
498.industries0
499.insure0
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501.juegos0
502.KN0
503.kred0
504.lawyer0
505.lease0
506.loans0
507.lotto0
508.luxe0
509.maison0
510.management0
511.mango0
512.market0
513.meet0
514.MF0
515.miami0
516.mini0
517.moda0
518.monash0
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521.navy0
522.neustar0
523.nhk0
524.okinawa0
525.organic0
526.parts0
527.photo0
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529.productions0
530.qpon0
531.quebec0
532.rehab0
533.reise0
534.reisen0
535.republican0
536.rest0
537.rich0
538.rio0
539.rodeo0
540.ruhr0
541.ryukyu0
542.saarland0
543.schule0
544.SJ0
545.software0
546.sohu0
547.space0
548.SS0
549.supplies0
550.supply0
551.surf0
552.surgery0
553.tax0
554.tienda0
555.tirol0
556.town0
557.UM0
558.vacations0
559.versicherung0
560.vet0
561.villas0
562.vlaanderen0
563.vodka0
564.voting0
565.voto0
566.voyage0
567.webcam0
568.wed0
569.wtc0
570.yachts0
571.yokohama0
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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