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.NET50535
3.RU38310
4.ORG37842
5.DE35564
6.JP19809
7.BR19499
8.UK18977
9.PL13429
10.FR12640
11.IN12574
12.IT11954
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16.IR7659
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20.CA4741
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27.BIZ3929
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29.ZA3717
30.RO3611
31.TV3606
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42.EDU2541
43.VN2309
44.CL2080
45.NO1989
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56.IE1155
57.SG1134
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59.PK1030
60.HK1004
61.BG965
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63.LT919
64.PE851
65.GOV824
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67.TH790
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69.WS647
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78.PRO487
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80.ASIA441
81.XXX432
82.SA418
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84.TO408
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86.FM403
87.PW372
88.GE369
89.MA369
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91.EC348
92.AM340
93.UZ274
94.CAT271
95.EG257
96.MK256
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100.TRAVEL236
101.MN223
102.KE220
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104.IS216
105.BA211
106.LU210
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108.LA193
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118.AL118
119.AG115
120.LI113
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122.KG108
123.PA108
124.SO104
125.VC103
126.CU100
127.TZ98
128.BO96
129.ST94
130.KW92
131.COOP88
132.JOBS88
133.NP88
134.CM82
135.UG82
136.PS79
137.SV79
138.AERO78
139.MU78
140.INT75
141.OM73
142.RE71
143.TN71
144.SY68
145.ML66
146.SH62
147.AF60
148.CF60
149.GA59
150.JO59
151.LB59
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153.guru58
154.HN57
155.SD57
156.TJ52
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159.CI49
160.GS48
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162.GG47
163.CX46
164.SC46
165.SX45
166.xyz45
167.AC44
168.GH44
169.MO43
170.KH42
171.MIL41
172.AS39
173.IQ39
174.SN38
175.TL37
176.VU35
177.BH34
178.PR34
179.TT34
180.NA33
181.tips31
182.MM30
183.ET29
184.TC29
185.ZW29
186.MZ28
187.berlin27
188.link27
189.MG27
190.AD25
191.BN24
192.CD24
193.directory23
194.PF23
195.GD22
196.RW22
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198.DJ21
199.NC21
200.ninja21
201.PM21
202.TF21
203.AO20
204.ZM20
205.zone20
206.BT18
207.BW17
208.GI17
209.TM17
210.bike16
211.gallery16
212.GL16
213.MV16
214.AI15
215.NR15
216.photography15
217.PN15
218.GY14
219.MC14
220.NF14
221.VG14
222.YE14
223.YT14
224.HT13
225.SM13
226.tokyo13
227.academy12
228.BI12
229.buzz12
230.JE12
231.LC12
232.marketing12
233.pics12
234.solutions12
235.JM11
236.land11
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242.VA10
243.WF10
244.BM9
245.company9
246.FO9
247.wang9
248.CV8
249.expert8
250.FJ8
251.MUSEUM8
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254.BS7
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256.HM7
257.MR7
258.SL7
259.TEL7
260.training7
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262.clothing6
263.community6
264.cool6
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267.KY6
268.moe6
269.paris6
270.PG6
271.systems6
272.wiki6
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274.media5
275.MP5
276.POST5
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279.SZ5
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281.DM4
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284.international4
285.kim4
286.NE4
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301.futbol3
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311.TG3
312.uno3
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315.watch3
316.works3
317.AN2
318.archi2
319.AX2
320.careers2
321.CG2
322.cheap2
323.coffee2
324.CW2
325.dating2
326.estate2
327.events2
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345.wien2
346.AQ1
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366.florist1
367.foundation1
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371.kiwi1
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376.nagoya1
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378.ovh1
379.properties1
380.quebec1
381.rest1
382.rich1
383.rocks1
384.solar1
385.TD1
386.toys1
387.TP1
388.viajes1
389.vision1
390.wtf1
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392.active0
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395.army0
396.associates0
397.attorney0
398.audio0
399.autos0
400.axa0
401.bayern0
402.beer0
403.bid0
404.bio0
405.BL0
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407.blackfriday0
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409.BQ0
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418.christmas0
419.church0
420.citic0
421.claims0
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423.clinic0
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431.creditcard0
432.cruises0
433.degree0
434.democrat0
435.dental0
436.dentist0
437.desi0
438.digital0
439.discount0
440.dnp0
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442.EH0
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446.ER0
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448.fail0
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450.finance0
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452.fish0
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454.fitness0
455.FK0
456.foo0
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458.fund0
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460.GB0
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462.gives0
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464.globo0
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468.green0
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470.GU0
471.guide0
472.guitars0
473.GW0
474.hamburg0
475.haus0
476.hiphop0
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487.koeln0
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489.lawyer0
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492.limited0
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495.lotto0
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497.luxe0
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499.management0
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501.market0
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503.MF0
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505.mini0
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507.monash0
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509.moscow0
510.motorcycles0
511.MQ0
512.navy0
513.neustar0
514.nhk0
515.okinawa0
516.organic0
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522.press0
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529.report0
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534.ryukyu0
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536.schule0
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538.shiksha0
539.SJ0
540.software0
541.sohu0
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543.space0
544.SS0
545.supplies0
546.supply0
547.surf0
548.surgery0
549.tattoo0
550.tax0
551.tienda0
552.tirol0
553.town0
554.UM0
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563.vote0
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565.voto0
566.webcam0
567.website0
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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
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587.إختبار0
588.الاردن0
589.الجزائر0
590.السعودية0
591.المغرب0
592.امارات0
593.ایران0
594.بازار0
595.بھارت0
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602.قطر0
603.مصر0
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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
645.网址0
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650.테스트0
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