How many top-level domains are there?

by Kim Davies on March 1, 2009

Hands down, the most common question I get at an ICANN meeting is “Where are the restrooms?” A close second is “How many top-level domains are there?” Occasionally they are more specific — how many are there of a certain type.

Here is the current answer to all of those questions.

Top-Level Domains

Restrooms are just past the elevators on levels 2 and 4.

{ 34 comments }

Joseph Friedman 03.01.09 at 4:52 pm

Where does “.GB” and “.UK” (not a ISO-3166-1) fit in this breakdown?

Ben 03.02.09 at 4:21 am

Could you post / link to the data which is used to produce this graphic?

This strikes me that it could be turned into a nice (and actually useful) mindmap relatively easily (using FreeMind, or a similar beastie).

Thanks.

Kim Davies 03.02.09 at 7:49 am

Joseph — “GB” is the ISO 3166-1 code for the United Kingdom, so is one of the 242 derived from the ISO 3166-1 standard. “UK” is categorised in the 3 “exceptional current countries”.

Ben — the source is the IANA root zone database.

Joseph Friedman 03.02.09 at 3:00 pm

Kim — What are the other 2 “exceptional current countries” and the 3 “former countries” (I believe the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are two.)

What are the 11 “testing” TLD’s referring to?

(Is “.SU” ever going to be retired? And any reason the U.K. still has two ccTLD’s?)

Joseph Yee 03.03.09 at 12:31 pm

The last former country is Portuguese Timo (.pt).

I would like to know the who’s in the exception current countries too, thanks.
- Great Britian (GB)
- ???
-???

Joseph Yee 03.03.09 at 12:32 pm

correction: Portuguese Timor (not Timo, typo).

Kim Davies 03.03.09 at 3:08 pm

The current “countries” that are exceptionally reserved codes are:
— AC (Ascension Island)
— EU (European Union)
— UK (United Kingdom)

The former country codes are
— SU (Soviet Union)
— TP (Portuguese Timor)
— YU (Yugoslavia)

Information about retiring domains is in this earlier blog post: http://blog.icann.org/2007/09/the-lives-of-country-code-domains/

Bill Parker 03.11.09 at 12:39 pm

Fantastic image – if only there were a hover over description with examples (i.e. g-unrestricted .com goes here) hint hint :)

Thanks for this visual representation it makes a big difference for me.

Kazan 03.28.09 at 6:01 pm

Joseph Yee, it’s:

.SCO (Scotland),
.QC (Quebec),
.TAT (Tatarstan)
……..
Galicia, Andalucia, Bretagne, Corsica,

Kelechi Okorie 05.05.09 at 4:12 pm

This is quite educating and thoughtful. It put to paid a question that has gone inside my head for months

internetcity 06.12.09 at 10:19 am

Fantastic image – if only there were a hover over description with examples (i.e. g-unrestricted .com goes here) hint hint :)

Thanks for this visual representation it makes a big difference for me.

jason 06.23.09 at 5:24 pm

We are looking for experienced consults helping us apply for top-level domains. Thanks.

Jason
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jason 06.23.09 at 5:24 pm

We are looking for experienced consults helping us apply for top-level domains (TLD). Thanks.

Jason
jdawco@aol.com

Aşk Büyüsü 08.04.09 at 5:14 am

This is quite educating and thoughtful. It put to paid a question that has gone inside my head for months

Peter 08.25.09 at 4:35 am

Wow, its actually less than I thought (top level domains that is, not restrooms). I also like the idea someone put out there of turning this into a mindmap …something to consider, maybe?

eğlence 08.25.09 at 7:15 pm

i dont know who must have the power of getting all domains’ rights and who will give the decisions about them – but as a website owner – i think new TLDs are not needed at all. Maybe this is not the case above but ICANN may have check the future plans about TLD policies. And believe that – Especially if FREE TLD comes it will make internet very confused. (ösym) …

anahtarcı 08.25.09 at 7:19 pm

i wish it won’t be so much to control. Some are really good to use – but some are not as .tv – and maybe the .ws – however a country code instedad using it as website by the company. Every new TLD is a chance to get some good names but everytime big companies clears the valuables one. So maybe it has to be sopped somewhere not much not less…We are expecting new good TLDs.

Christine Onimbo 09.02.09 at 6:52 am

Can ICANN be sold with extensions for several domains too?
Joseph is a common name; KECFADO is not a common name or word. Ben Indangasy at Beninda .com and Visual Pixel Systems Nairobi, Kenya, respectively posing as webhost acted KECFADO registrant and eNom, registrar, to HIJACK the trademark KECFADO of Kenya Child & Family Development Organization legally registered NGO, in Kenya. At the time of registering KECFADO as NGO the registering office verified that no duplication occurs.
Now a Mr. Patrick O of eNom tells, KECFADO creator to go to UDRP.
Internet Registrar of eNom like work with individuals, in the developing countries where access to internet and computer is a problem, like Ben Indangasy to cone disadvantaged community development oriented individuals of their intellectual property. This is a setback to development in the developing countries. ICANN or someone who values JUSTICE needs to put justice at work.

Christine Onimbo 09.02.09 at 6:55 am

KECFADO – (Kenya Child & Family Development Organization, nonprofit NGO registered in Kenya) hijacked registered with ICANN for several domains sale with extensions, including kecfado.org, which hardly works though the host is paid up to April 2010.
KECFADO is a poor woman’s brainchild creation to try and help her poor community. She cannot raise $ 1500 for UDRP nor lawyer`s fee. I need help to transfer to another host so that http://www.kecfado.org can work and recover the right and ownership of KECFADO thus ICANN withdraws the sale kecfado domain with extensions.
Can ICANN be sold with extensions for several domains too?
Joseph is a common name; KECFADO is not a common name or word. Ben Indangasy at Beninda .com and Visual Pixel Systems Nairobi, Kenya, respectively posing as webhost acted KECFADO registrant and eNom, registrar, to HIJACK the trademark KECFADO of Kenya Child & Family Development Organization legally registered NGO, in Kenya. At the time of registering KECFADO as NGO the registering office verified that no duplication occurs.
Now a Mr. Patrick O of eNom tells, KECFADO creator to go to UDRP.
Internet Registrar of eNom like work with individuals, in the developing countries where access to internet and computer is a problem, like Ben Indangasy to cone disadvantaged community development oriented individuals of their intellectual property. This is a setback to development in the developing countries. ICANN or someone who values JUSTICE needs to put justice at work.

Tristan 09.17.09 at 3:54 am

The .com domain is by far the most popular and most recognized domain.

电驴 09.18.09 at 6:39 pm

This number will be large if the IDNs is added.

kral oyun 09.30.09 at 2:23 am

It put to paid a question that has gone inside my head for months

KevinTC 10.18.09 at 1:08 pm

No proposed .BANK?
Surely national and international banks would benefit from a .BANK as gTLDs. for their sites?

oyun oyna 10.27.09 at 2:24 pm

The .com domain is by far the most popular and most recogni

no no no leave.

rajesh 11.01.09 at 10:47 am

yes.. so far more than 8 crore .coms have been registered – http://hiox.org/index.php?id=1839

IELTS 007 11.07.09 at 9:08 am

So..That means we have to use in this type “(the name we wish to use).TW”??
Is that right?

Patch panel 11.15.09 at 6:43 pm

thanks for sharing the useful information.

bridging 12.02.09 at 3:59 pm

Where I can find a list with information how many domains each country have?

Dalawr Chalabi 12.03.09 at 1:26 am

What about fedral regions in the countries? I live in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and like to have our own top level domain (for example .ku).

I believe the issue that there is no real conditions or procedures to get such domain unless you got it through the political node channels.

oyunola 12.15.09 at 1:27 pm

i think this number is not small but not enough too.
lots of people buy domains for selling.. (of cource they specially prefer com)
that’s not ethic for me.

iulren 12.16.09 at 7:06 am

it will ever be a .xxx TLD? or something like this?

oyun 12.22.09 at 1:10 pm

What about fedral oyun regions in the countries? I live in oyun Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and like to have our oyunlari own top level domain (for example .ku).

I believe the issue oyunu that there is no real conditions or procedures to get oyun
such domain unless you got it through the political node channels.

OIJ 01.20.10 at 2:14 pm

This strikes me that it could be turned into a nice (and actually useful) mindmap relatively easily (using FreeMind, or a similar beastie).

Bağlama Büyüleri 03.13.10 at 1:33 am

This strikes me that it could be turned into a nice (and actually useful) mindmap relatively easily (using FreeMind, or a similar beastie).

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