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Published: Mar 1, 2019 License: BSD-3-Clause Imports: 3 Imported by: 0



Package publicsuffix provides a public suffix list based on data from

A public suffix is one under which Internet users can directly register names. It is related to, but different from, a TLD (top level domain).

"com" is a TLD (top level domain). Top level means it has no dots.

"com" is also a public suffix. Amazon and Google have registered different siblings under that domain: "" and "".

"au" is another TLD, again because it has no dots. But it's not "". Instead, it's "".

"" isn't an actual TLD, because it's not at the top level (it has dots). But it is an eTLD (effective TLD), because that's the branching point for domain name registrars.

Another name for "an eTLD" is "a public suffix". Often, what's more of interest is the eTLD+1, or one more label than the public suffix. For example, browsers partition read/write access to HTTP cookies according to the eTLD+1. Web pages served from "" can't read cookies from "", but web pages served from "" can share cookies from "", so you don't have to sign into Google Maps separately from signing into Google Web Search. Note that all four of those domains have 3 labels and 2 dots. The first two domains are each an eTLD+1, the last two are not (but share the same eTLD+1: "").

All of these domains have the same eTLD+1:

  • ""
  • ""
  • ""

Specifically, the eTLD+1 is "", because the eTLD is "".

There is no closed form algorithm to calculate the eTLD of a domain. Instead, the calculation is data driven. This package provides a pre-compiled snapshot of Mozilla's PSL (Public Suffix List) data at



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var List cookiejar.PublicSuffixList = list{}

List implements the cookiejar.PublicSuffixList interface by calling the PublicSuffix function.


func EffectiveTLDPlusOne

func EffectiveTLDPlusOne(domain string) (string, error)

EffectiveTLDPlusOne returns the effective top level domain plus one more label. For example, the eTLD+1 for "" is "".

func PublicSuffix

func PublicSuffix(domain string) (publicSuffix string, icann bool)

PublicSuffix returns the public suffix of the domain using a copy of the database compiled into the library.

icann is whether the public suffix is managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. If not, the public suffix is either a privately managed domain (and in practice, not a top level domain) or an unmanaged top level domain (and not explicitly mentioned in the list). For example, "" and "" are ICANN domains, "" and "" are private domains and "cromulent" is an unmanaged top level domain.

Use cases for distinguishing ICANN domains like "" from private domains like "" can be found at


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