IntroducedNovember 3, 1988; 35 years ago (1988-11-03)
TLD typeSponsored top-level domain
Intended use International treaty-based organisations
Actual useIntergovernmental organizations and organizations with United Nations observer status
Registration restrictionsApplications screened for eligibility
StructureRegistrations at second level permitted
DocumentsRFC 1591
Dispute policiesNone
Registry websiteIANA .int page

The domain name int is a sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name is derived from the word international, characterizing its use for international organizations and treaty-related purposes.[1] The first use of this domain was by NATO, which had previously been assigned the top-level domain .nato.

According to Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) policy, based on RFC 1591, the sTLD int is reserved for international treaty-based organizations, United Nations agencies, and organizations or entities having observer status at the UN.[2] int is considered to have the strictest application policies of all TLDs, as it implies that the holder is a subject of international law. For this reason, the application procedure requires the applicant to provide evidence that it is indeed treaty-based by providing a United Nations treaty registration number and that it has independent legal status. Previously, it also was open to Internet infrastructure services; those services have since been required to register in .arpa.


As of June 2012, the domain int consists of 166 subdomain delegations.[3]

The subdomain eu.int was used by the European Union–affiliated institutions. However, the aforementioned institutions' domain names switched to the TLD eu on May 9, 2006 (Europe Day). All previous eu.int addresses continued to be accessible for a transitional period of at least one year.[4] As of 2017, the European Central Bank continues to use ecb.int in addition to ecb.eu and ecb.europa.eu, and the .int domain is still sometimes used for email addresses.[5]

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) saw its initial application for a domain name under int rejected on the grounds that the convention did not explicitly create an entity subject of international law.[6] However, POPS appealed to the IANA Reconsideration Committee and obtained its domain (pops.int) on the grounds that other conventions lacking such specific language had nevertheless obtained a registration. The IANA granted the domain after the committee determined that (1) the organization was chartered by a treaty that was very likely to enter into force, and (2) despite lacking a legal track record, it met "the requirement for independent international legal personality." This grant was subject to the provision that the status of eligibility be renewed if the treaty had not entered into force within four years of the registration.[7]

Additionally, the domain int was historically also used for Internet infrastructure databases. The name space arpa had been slated to be moved into int, but in 2000 the Internet Architecture Board recommended that no new infrastructure databases should be added to int and that arpa retain its function.[8] The only remaining technical role of int was for reverse translation of IPv6 addresses in the zone ip6.int. This zone was officially removed on 6 June 2006 in favor of ip6.arpa, also administered by IANA.

Grandfathered delegations

Several domains under int were granted prior to the application of the strict guidelines. World YMCA is an example of the loose guidelines applied in the early 1990s. IANA has not withdrawn the existing assignment from YMCA[9] and other organisations such as The Phone Company[10] (which has however not been available since 2011[11] and the domain name is no longer registered) who do not meet the current criteria.

See also


  1. ^ "INT Zone Management". IANA. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "INT Policy & Procedures". IANA. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "INT Zone File". Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  4. ^ "European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - European institutions' new Web identity to celebrate Europe Day, 9 May". europa.eu.
  5. ^ "Press release". ECB. March 23, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Reconsideration Request 02-1". ICANN. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  7. ^ "Reconsideration Request 02-1: Recommendation of the Committee". ICANN. June 25, 2002. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  8. ^ John Klensin (May 2000). "IAB Statement on Infrastructure Domain and Subdomains". Internet Architecture Board. Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "Home". YMCA International - World Alliance of YMCAs. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  10. ^ tpc.int Archived November 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "The Phone Company's Remote Printing Service: The History of TPC.INT". Archived from the original on July 27, 2010.