List of web directories

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A Web directory is a listing of Web sites organized in a hierarchy or interconnected list of categories.

The following is a list of notable Web directory services.


  • Best of the Web Directory – lists websites categorized both by topic and by region. This is a paid for service.
  • Hotfrog – one of the largest collections of business directories in the World.
  • Jasmine Directory - Human-edited, listing websites by topic and by region.
  • Sources – general subject web portal for journalists, freelance writers, editors, authors and researchers; in addition to a search engine it includes a subject-based directory.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library (VLIB) – oldest directory of the Web.



  • – Chinese web directory founded in 2005. The website is the second most used web directory in China.
  • Alleba – Filipino search engine website, with directory.
  • Timway – web portal and directory primarily serving Hong Kong.

Defunct directories[edit]

  • – directory from 2005 to 2013.
  • Anime Web Turnpike – was a web directory founded in August 1995 by Jay Fubler Harvey. It served as a large database of links to various anime and manga websites.
  • Biographicon – directory of biographical entries.
  • DMOZ (also known as Open Directory Project) – largest directory of the Web. Its open content is mirrored at many sites. Offline since March 2017.
  • Google Directory – copy of DMOZ directory, with sites listed in PageRank order within each category. Closed in July 2011.
  • Humbul – former online service that reviewed and catalogued websites of interest to academics and students in the humanities. It was founded as a humanities communications service in 1985. In July 2006 Humbul was merged into the Intute service, as one half of the Intute Arts and Humanities Group.
  • Internet Public Library – librarian-edited directory, product of a merger with the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) in 2010. Closed in June 2015.
  • Intute – directory of websites for study and research. Maintenance stopped in July 2011, archives remain available.
  • LookSmart – operated several vertical directories from 1995 to 2006.
  • Lycos' TOP 5% – from 1995 until 2000 it aimed to list the Web's top 5% of Websites.
  • RPG Gateway – part of the RPG Nexxus site network, it was a human-edited global niche directory, specializing in pen-and-paper role playing games and related content.
  • Yahoo! Directory – first service that Yahoo! offered. Closed in December 2014.
  • Yahoo! Kids – oldest online search directory for children, until its discontinuation as of April 30, 2013.
  • Zeal – volunteer-built Web directory; it was introduced in 1999, acquired by LookSmart in 2000, and shut down in 2006.

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