.fr domains grow 6% in 2021

Today Afnic, the .fr registry, published the 2021 edition of the .fr review which details the activity of the French TLD over 2021 and analysis its market.Afnic found that the .fr TLD has maintained its momentum.

Key figures

  • .fr growth has been sustained, and largely exceeds that of the market and its competitors.
  • The market share of the .fr TLD is rising steadily and accounted for 38.75% of domain names in France in 2021.
  • 776,514 new .fr domain names were created in 2021.

Here is what Afnic reported:

Towards consolidated uses

Domain name creations reached remarkable levels in 2020 and 2021, significantly above those of the last “normal” benchmark year, that is to say 2019. The adoption of digital technology to counter the effects of the crisis played a substantial role in this trend, and has entered into real use.

Following on from a historic record in .fr domain name creations in 2020 (793,441), the 776,514 in 2021 have confirmed the take-up of digital benefits by French users, with create operations still up 12% on 2019.

There were 3,882,448 .fr names in stock at 31 December 2021, compared to 3,670,372 in the same period in 2020, i.e. growth of 5.8% (compared to 7.0% in 2020 and 3.7% in 2019).

This performance also outstrips that of the French market for all TLDs combined, which stood at +3.6%, and exceeds that of the EU zone (+2.9%) and the global market (+0.7%).

.fr still on the rise in France with 38.75% of market share

Posting higher growth than the local market, the .fr TLD has seen its market share continue to increase, reaching 38.75% in 2021 (compared to 38.0% in 2020). This 0.8-point increase exceeds that of the .com TLD at 0.6 points. It is also interesting to note that the market share of .fr has constantly risen for the past 5 years, with a total increase of 3.1 points, while .com has only gained 1.9 points.

Changes in market share in France (2017-2021)


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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