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Introduced23 September 1997
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryNIC.SH (run by Internet Computer Bureau)
SponsorGovernment of Saint Helena
Intended useEntities connected with  Saint Helena and  Tristan da Cunha
Actual useVarious uses; a few sites actually on Saint Helena but most elsewhere. Used for domain hacks in English and other languages. Also for places and regions that can be abbreviated with sh.
Registration restrictions2nd-level registrant must have a professional or academic qualification (apparently not actually enforced); 3rd-level registrant must be resident on Saint Helena
StructureRegistrations are taken directly at the second level or the third level beneath various 2nd-level labels
DocumentsTerms & Conditions; Rules
Dispute policiesDispute Resolution Policy
Registry websiteNIC.SH

.sh is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, although it is primarily used in Saint Helena (Ascension Island has its own ccTLD, .ac). Registrations of internationalized domain names are also accepted.[1]

On 22 February 2010 the ISO 3166-1 code for Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha changed to reflect the SH used for the ccTLD.

Second level domains[edit]

There are seven second level domains:

  • co.sh – commercial entities
  • com.sh – commercial entities
  • org.sh – non-profit organizations
  • gov.sh – government departments and agencies
  • edu.sh – educational institutions
  • net.sh – network service providers
  • nom.sh – non-island Internet sites

Top level domains[edit]

A majority of sites under the .sh domain have nothing to do with Saint Helena, Ascension or Tristan da Cunha.[2]

Members of DeviantArt are able to go to their "stash," a service where digital media can be uploaded, stored and published.[3] The DeviantArt "stash" uses the .sh top level domain sta.sh.

Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla use the smo.sh domain name to link to addresses on their website, smosh.com from their YouTube channel, Smosh.[4]

Skillshare uses the domain hack skl.sh to redirect to their website.

Since the .sh filename extension is also used by Unix shell scripts, this domain has been used for websites about command-line interface programs such as Homebrew.[5]

SH is the official abbreviation for the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and the .sh domain is used for sites like nah.sh, a public transportation site[6] as well as the Verbraucherzentrale (verbraucherzentrale.sh), the SPD party (spd.sh) and for some subpages by the official Schleswig-Holstein government (e.g. wahlen.sh).

The rhythm game osu! uses the .ppy.sh domain, such as osu.ppy.sh or old.ppy.sh.[7]

The main fork of the popular movie torrent freeware program Popcorn Time is hosted at a .sh domain.[8][9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ .SH IDN Policy Archived 2014-09-25 at the Wayback Machine, NIC, Saint Helena.
  2. ^ ".sh websites". Google.com.
  3. ^ "What is Sta.sh?". DeviantArt. DeviantArt. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Smo.sh redirect". Smosh. Smosh.
  5. ^ "Homebrew, The missing package manager for OS X". Homebrew. Homebrew. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Nahverkehr im echten Norden » NAH.SH".
  7. ^ "osu.ppy.sh". osu!.
  8. ^ "Popcorn Time's best-known app comes back to life". 2016-02-26.
  9. ^ "Popcorn Time Fork Claims Official Relaunch After MPAA Shutdown". 2016-02-25.
  10. ^ Dwilson, Stephanie Dube (February 25, 2016). "PopcornTime.sh: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know".
  11. ^ Aldershoff, Jan Willem (February 24, 2016). "Popcorn Time is back - original developers post statement". Myce.com.

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