.de is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Federal Republic of Germany. DENIC is responsible for administering .de, Germany's ccTLD. The .de registry originally dates back to 1986, when it began in an academic environment.
The name is derived from the first two letters of the German name for Deutschland (Germany).
Registrations of internationalized domain names (IDN) are accepted so that all diacritics of German, like ß, can be used.
Although Germany has given the name .de, the .com extension is widely used in the country.
.de ranks #4 among all domain extensions, and #2 among all country-code extensions (ccTLDs). Currently, there are 11.1M registered .de domain names. DENIC is the current registry of .de extension.