Introduced10 April 1990 (10 April 1990)
RemovedJuly 1996
TLD typeSpecific organization domain
Intended useNATO sites and operations

The domain .nato was a top-level domain (TLD) in the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet. The domain was added in 1990 by the Network Information Center for use by NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, based on the rationale that none of the then-existing top-level domains adequately reflected its status as an international organization. Soon after this addition, however, Paul Mockapetris, the designer of the DNS, suggested to NATO representatives that nato.int would be a better choice.[1][2] The TLD .int was created for the use of international organizations, and NATO switched to using nato.int. Without use, the TLD .nato was removed in July 1996.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Shaw, Robert (September 2003). History of the .int Top Level Domain (PowerPoint). ITU-T Workshop to Develop a Recommendation to Clarify the Management of ".int". International Telecommunication Union.
  2. ^ "Transcript Part III - EC-POP Meeting with ICANN Board Members". www.icann.org. 1998-11-25. Retrieved 2022-12-23.