IntroducedNovember 18, 2014
(General Availability)
TLD typeGeneric top-level domain
Registry.top registry
SponsorJiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
Registered domains2,066,084 (24 January 2023)[1]
Registry websitenic.top/en

.top is a generic top-level domain, officially delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program on August 4, 2014.

The domain name extension .top is managed and operated by the .top registry (registry backend ZDNS) which belongs to Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co., Ltd. in Nanjing, China and can be registered by anyone since November 18, 2014 without special requirements.

A second level domain under the top level domain (TLD) .top can consist of digits, letters, hyphens and specific special characters while it can have a length of 1 up to (a maximum) of 63 characters. Like most other TLDs, it can be registered for a period of at least 1 year up to (a maximum) of 10 years in advance. The private registration (WHOIS privacy) of .top domains is supported, as is the ability to register internationalized domain names (IDNs), which include the character sets Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.


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.top domains are often used for malware and phishing, and the TLD is included in the list of those banned for some antimalware vendors such as Malwarebytes.[5] .top is blocked by default by Snort rules.[6]


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  2. ^ "信息服务". MIIT (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 8 November 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Why is .TOP domain one of the only FOUR new gTLDs approved to be built website with in China?". .Top Domains. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Whois". .Top Domains. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Malwarebytes Browser Guard Settings screen". Malwarebytes Support. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  6. ^ "INDICATOR-COMPROMISE Suspicious .top dns query". Retrieved 29 April 2019.