.cd is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1997 as a replacement for the .zr (Zaire) ccTLD, which was phased out and eventually deleted in 2001.

.cd -- Dot CD Domains
Introduced20 August 1997
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistrySociété Congolaise des Postes et Télécommunications
SponsorGovernment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Intended useEntities connected with the  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Actual useNot that popular, but used for a miscellany of sites, some related to the Congo and some about music CDs
Registration restrictionsNone
StructureRegistrations permitted at second level
Dispute policiesUDRP
Registry websitewww.nic.cd

Except for reserved names like .com.cd, .net.cd, .org.cd and others, any person in the world can register a .cd domain for a fee. The ccTLD is popular (and thus economically valuable) owing to it being an abbreviation for compact disc (other similar ccTLDs are .fm, .am, .tv, .dj, .mu, and .me). Such unconventional uses of TLDs in domain names are known as domain hacks.


.zr is the former Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Zaire. When Zaire was renamed to Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997, .zr was phased out and .cd took its place. In 2001, .zr was deleted.[1]


  1. ^ "Report on zr domain deletion". iana.org. IANA. June 20, 2001. Retrieved January 17, 2021.

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