The data presented in the Domain Name Industry Brief quarterly reports and dashboards — including quarter-over-quarter, year-over-year and other metrics — reflects information available to at the time of publication and may incorporate changes and adjustments to previously published periods based on additional information received since the prior publication so as to more accurately reflect the growth rate of domain name registrations. 

The data in these reports and dashboards may not include data for all country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) or generic top-level domain (gTLD) extensions delegated to the root zone, as it includes only the data available at the time of preparation. Top-level domains (TLDs) operating with lifecycle rules not generally comparable to other TLDs have been excluded from all applicable calculations and historical data. ccTLD data cited in reports and dashboards is inclusive of related internationalized TLDs. Some numbers may reflect standard rounding and some charts feature line breaks for display considerations. For information on periodic updates to available data and/or calculations, see our Data Update Notes below.

The .com and .net domain name base is the active zone, plus the domain names registered but not configured for use plus the domain names in client or server hold status. This is the same methodology used in reporting .com and .net domain name registration data in Verisign’s SEC filings.

For gTLD and ccTLD data with ZookNIC cited as a source, the ZookNIC analysis uses a comparison of domain name root zone file changes supplemented with other authoritative data sources and independent approximations. For more information, see

Data Update Notes

September 2023

Starting with the June 2023 launch of the dashboards, and as of Vol. 20, Issue 3 of the Domain Name Industry Brief Quarterly Report, the expanded DNIB data set includes information on 16 top-level domains (TLDs) not included in previous quarterly reports. Six newly included ccTLDs are: .aq, .ax, .cw, .ss, .su and .sx. Ten newly included gTLDs are: .aero, .asia, .cat, .coop, .gov, .museum, .pro, .tel, .travel and .xxx. Applicable current and historical data presented in dashboards and this edition of the quarterly report have been adjusted accordingly, and applicable quarterly and year-over-year trends have been calculated using those adjusted figures. More information is available in a article.

April 2022

As of Vol. 19, Issue 1 of The Domain Name Industry Brief Quarterly Report, the .tk, .cf, .ga, .gq and .ml ccTLDs operated by Freenom are excluded from all applicable calculations. Applicable quarterly and year-over-year trends have been calculated relative to historical figures that also have been adjusted to exclude these five ccTLDs.