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.
  • DMOZ (a.k.a. Open Directory Project) – The largest directory of the Web. Its open content is mirrored at many sites, including the Google Directory until July 20, 2011.
  • JoeAnt – A community of editors from the now-defunct volunteer-edited directory. Charges a fee.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library (VLIB) – The oldest directory of the Web.
  • Hotfrog  – One of the largest collections of business directories in the World


Defunct directories[edit]

  • – a directory from 2005 to 2013.
  • Biographicon – a directory of biographical entries
  • LookSmart – Operated several vertical directories from 1995 to 2006.
  • Google Directory – Copy of DMOZ directory, with sites listed in PageRank order within each category. Closed in July 2011.
  • 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.
  • Lycos' TOP 5% – From 1995 until 2000 it aimed to list the Web's top 5% of Websites.
  • Yahoo! Directory – The first service that Yahoo! offered. Closed in December 2014.
  • Zeal – Volunteer-built Web directory. It was introduced in 1999, acquired by LookSmart in 2000, and shut down in 2006.

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