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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1.COM500322
2.NET51711
3.RU46448
4.ORG42840
5.JP26737
6.DE24714
7.IN16952
8.UK16155
9.BR15497
10.IR13370
11.IT13232
12.CN11205
13.FR11008
14.PL10389
15.INFO9594
16.NL7298
17.AU7283
18.ES7099
19.KR7043
20.CO5732
21.GR5148
22.UA4520
23.CA4489
24.CZ4436
25.EU4360
26.TV3936
27.MX3904
28.TW3868
29.ME3788
30.RO3679
31.TR3528
32.ZA3469
33.BIZ3441
34.xyz3331
35.ID3290
36.EDU3186
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39.CH2711
40.VN2612
41.AR2609
42.IO2582
43.US2551
44.BE2533
45.AT2331
46.DK2122
47.NO1963
48.SK1849
49.CC1753
50.FI1701
51.IL1576
52.CL1521
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54.HK1511
55.PT1504
56.PK1412
57.MY1347
58.KZ1319
59.SG1244
60.IE1202
61.AZ1183
62.GOV1148
63.BG1066
64.NZ1063
65.club1023
66.TH998
67.SU994
68.LT979
69.PE928
70.NG864
71.AE755
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73.RS729
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77.PH675
78.LV658
79.EG593
80.TO572
81.PW557
82.TK555
83.SI544
84.SA543
85.WS534
86.LK521
87.ASIA500
88.MA499
89.XXX461
90.EE443
91.UZ429
92.FM421
93.GE418
94.AM357
95.CAT349
96.IS330
97.TN310
98.EC303
99.link298
100.NU292
101.BD291
102.KE290
103.MK287
104.DO280
105.MN252
106.LU247
107.space246
108.NAME231
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110.website229
111.BA226
112.ML222
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115.BZ214
116.GA192
117.IM192
118.tokyo190
119.DZ182
120.today180
121.MD178
122.QA177
123.LY173
124.CR171
125.GT160
126.AL159
127.guru143
128.JOBS141
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130.CY137
131.CF132
132.KG132
133.bid122
134.PA122
135.TZ119
136.COOP117
137.KW117
138.GG116
139.media116
140.LI114
141.AERO113
142.NP110
143.UG110
144.INT108
145.BO106
146.CU105
147.life101
148.SV96
149.rocks95
150.sexy94
151.AG93
152.CM90
153.JO89
154.VC89
155.ST87
156.OM85
157.press85
158.SO85
159.AC80
160.pics79
161.red77
162.ninja76
163.MM74
164.PS74
165.AI73
166.GH73
167.LB71
168.SY71
169.GQ69
170.SH68
171.AF65
172.host65
173.NI63
174.MS62
175.RE62
176.MO61
177.ovh61
178.MU59
179.tips58
180.MT57
181.MIL56
182.moe55
183.HN54
184.CI53
185.GS53
186.RW53
187.zone53
188.IQ51
189.KH50
190.TJ50
191.center48
192.TT48
193.SC47
194.wiki46
195.AO45
196.BH45
197.blue44
198.digital44
199.CX43
200.eus43
201.SN42
202.company41
203.social41
204.global40
205.MZ40
206.wang39
207.academy38
208.solutions38
209.trade38
210.ZW38
211.TF37
212.SX36
213.guide35
214.VU35
215.AD34
216.NA34
217.TC34
218.tools34
219.land32
220.london32
221.SD32
222.TM32
223.MG31
224.nyc31
225.PR31
226.email30
227.agency29
228.education28
229.ZM28
230.pink27
231.report27
232.works27
233.CD26
234.HT26
235.TL26
236.AS25
237.BN25
238.PM25
239.gal24
240.expert23
241.gratis23
242.services23
243.support23
244.directory22
245.PF22
246.pub22
247.BT21
248.paris21
249.technology21
250.YT21
251.bike20
252.BW20
253.FO20
254.marketing20
255.SM20
256.systems20
257.berlin19
258.buzz19
259.cool19
260.moscow19
261.webcam19
262.community18
263.events18
264.reviews18
265.scot18
266.BF17
267.bzh17
268.ink17
269.NC17
270.careers16
271.DJ16
272.GD16
273.kim16
274.PG16
275.watch16
276.wtf16
277.cash15
278.codes15
279.exchange15
280.LC15
281.MW15
282.software15
283.training15
284.GL14
285.MR14
286.MV14
287.SR14
288.VG14
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290.bio13
291.domains13
292.FJ13
293.gallery13
294.JM13
295.MUSEUM13
296.house12
297.market12
298.NF12
299.photo12
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301.black11
302.BM11
303.coffee11
304.CV11
305.ET11
306.gift11
307.JE11
308.okinawa11
309.pictures11
310.uno11
311.WF11
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313.fund10
314.GY10
315.MC10
316.menu10
317.onl10
318.VA10
319.BI9
320.camera9
321.desi9
322.farm9
323.GI9
324.kitchen9
325.PN9
326.singles9
327.BS8
328.cards8
329.dating8
330.futbol8
331.LS8
332.nagoya8
333.SZ8
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336.brussels7
337.cab7
338.church7
339.HM7
340.international7
341.jetzt7
342.KY7
343.photography7
344.YE7
345.yokohama7
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349.graphics6
350.institute6
351.ren6
352.shoes6
353.vision6
354.care5
355.engineering5
356.kiwi5
357.KN5
358.koeln5
359.moda5
360.partners5
361.POST5
362.surf5
363.ventures5
364.bar4
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366.build4
367.clinic4
368.credit4
369.DM4
370.estate4
371.finance4
372.fitness4
373.GM4
374.hamburg4
375.horse4
376.kred4
377.parts4
378.quebec4
379.rest4
380.rio4
381.solar4
382.supply4
383.TEL4
384.tienda4
385.toys4
386.bayern3
387.builders3
388.CG3
389.college3
390.CW3
391.dance3
392.fishing3
393.flights3
394.foundation3
395.gop3
396.holiday3
397.KP3
398.management3
399.MQ3
400.NE3
401.NR3
402.recipes3
403.SL3
404.vegas3
405.vet3
406.archi2
407.AX2
408.axa2
409.beer2
410.boutique2
411.cleaning2
412.computer2
413.cooking2
414.country2
415.discount2
416.exposed2
417.fail2
418.fish2
419.GF2
420.GN2
421.GP2
422.GU2
423.juegos2
424.limited2
425.LR2
426.luxury2
427.MP2
428.rehab2
429.rentals2
430.shiksha2
431.soy2
432.tattoo2
433.tax2
434.TD2
435.TG2
436.tirol2
437.university2
438.voyage2
439.wien2
440.AN1
441.associates1
442.AW1
443.bmw1
444.capetown1
445.career1
446.catering1
447.ceo1
448.contractors1
449.creditcard1
450.diamonds1
451.durban1
452.enterprises1
453.equipment1
454.financial1
455.florist1
456.foo1
457.furniture1
458.GB1
459.glass1
460.globo1
461.green1
462.GW1
463.haus1
464.hiphop1
465.holdings1
466.insure1
467.investments1
468.joburg1
469.KI1
470.lease1
471.lighting1
472.limo1
473.monash1
474.plumbing1
475.properties1
476.reisen1
477.repair1
478.rodeo1
479.ryukyu1
480.SB1
481.schule1
482.surgery1
483.TP1
484.vacations1
485.VI1
486.viajes1
487.villas1
488.vlaanderen1
489.vodka1
490.vote1
491.accountants0
492.active0
493.actor0
494.airforce0
495.AQ0
496.army0
497.ARPA0
498.attorney0
499.autos0
500.bargains0
501.BL0
502.blackfriday0
503.BQ0
504.BV0
505.cheap0
506.christmas0
507.citic0
508.CK0
509.claims0
510.cologne0
511.condos0
512.construction0
513.consulting0
514.cruises0
515.degree0
516.democrat0
517.dental0
518.dentist0
519.dnp0
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521.engineer0
522.ER0
523.feedback0
524.FK0
525.frogans0
526.gives0
527.gmo0
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529.guitars0
530.hiv0
531.homes0
532.immobilien0
533.industries0
534.kaufen0
535.KM0
536.lawyer0
537.loans0
538.lotto0
539.luxe0
540.maison0
541.mango0
542.meet0
543.MF0
544.MH0
545.miami0
546.mini0
547.mortgage0
548.motorcycles0
549.navy0
550.neustar0
551.nhk0
552.organic0
553.physio0
554.productions0
555.qpon0
556.reise0
557.republican0
558.rich0
559.ruhr0
560.saarland0
561.SJ0
562.sohu0
563.SS0
564.supplies0
565.UM0
566.versicherung0
567.voting0
568.voto0
569.wed0
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
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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