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DotGL domain logo (custom).svg
Introduced8 April 1994
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryTELE Greenland
SponsorTELE Greenland A/S
Intended useEntities connected with  Greenland
Actual useHas some use in Greenland; also used as an abbreviation for Gloucestershire.
Previously used by The Pirate Bay and URL shortening for Google.
Registration restrictionsNone
StructureNames can be registered directly at second level

.gl is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet for Greenland. The domain is available for Internet services worldwide and registrations are handled by ICANN-accredited domain name registrars.

The domain name has sometimes been marketed as standing for "good luck", "graphics library" or Gloucestershire.

In December 2009, Google released a URL shortener service using the domain hack[1] The service was shut down on 30 March 2019.

In April 2013, the registry unilaterally voluntarily suspended resolution of, intended to be a new primary domain name for Bittorrent search engine The Pirate Bay.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Josh Lowensohn (2009-12-14). "Google gets into the URL-shrinking biz with". cnet news. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2009-12-19.
  2. ^ "New Pirate Bay Greenland Domains (About to be) Seized". TorrentFreak. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-05-13.