.ch domain names



.CH is the official ccTLD (country code top-level domain) of Switzerland

It includes

  • a free SSL certificate to secure your domain
  • LiveDNS nameservers Anycast + DNSSEC
  • 10,000 aliases and forwarding addresses

Why .ch?

What are the benefits of a .ch domain name for your web presence?

Created in 1987 when the internet was first getting started in Europe, .ch is Switzerland's dedicated territorial domain ending. It's an abbreviation of the Latin name confoederatio helvetica, "Helvetic Confederation" in English. This name for the country was used because of its neutrality with regard to the four official languages of Switzerland.

Reaching a demand peak in 2014, when it was one of the most popular domain endings with almost 2 million registrations, .ch has always enjoyed a certain popularity. In terms of reliability, ch has an exceptional reputation, and it's been able to not only grow in Europe but also around the world.

An opening to the outside world with a .ch domain name

If your business is in Switzerland, .ch is very effective: it could be where you do business, the market you want to develop, or the country where you work with vendors or regular customers, etc. Having your own domain name in .ch to localize your business and make it known in the geographic area of Switzerland without necessarily living there, or even having your business registered there.

Registrations of internationalized domain names have been accepted since March 2004. Looking for a good domain name for your business in Switzerland? Use our tool for domain name suggestion and choose the perfect domain.

Protect your business's reputation with a domain name in .ch

Swiss industries enjoy a prestigious reputation for most European internet users. As such, they will naturally trust a .ch domain extension when they navigate to your site. Available without any eligibility requirements, the domain name registration for .ch domains is available for up to ten years.

Registering a .ch extension for your web address to connect with the 6.1 million Internet users in the nation. An excellent option for companies or people who want their websites to reflect the Swiss culture. Your ideal domain name is probably available. Finding an address that works for your company is now simpler than ever with the introduction of hundreds of new domain extensions to the internet.

.ch domain prices



per year
  • For 1 year



  • Does not change the expiration date



per year
  • For 1 year
  • Late renewal (domain suspended): 9 days after the domain's expiration date - $32.99
Pricing Options Prices for Canada, taxes excluded, in $ (CAD)

Other prices and periods


40 days after the late renewal period


the first year, then renewal at normal price

Owner Change


Does not change the expiration date

Rules and particularities of .ch domain names

Creation date


Related Contract

View the .ch contract

.CH domain names at Gandi.net

Accreditation: Gandi has been accredited by Switch since July 2007

Terms and Conditions

Assigning: .CH domain names are open to everyone
Syntax:from 3 to 63 alphanumeric characters or a hyphen (excluding in the first and last place)
IDN (accented domain names):yes
Registration period:1 year
Second-level extensions:None


Renewal:domains are deactivated upon expiration. It is possible to renew up to 9 days following the expiration date
DNS Changes: DNS changes may take up to 12 hours
Disputes:Dispute Resolution Service
Transfer (change of registrar):the request is launched from the website of the domain's new registrar. Be sure that you have the domain's auth code (which you must get from the former registrar), and that the domain does not expire soon. The transfer must be confirmed by email and the expiration date of the domain name remains unchanged
Change of Ownership:available on our interface
Deletion process:quarantine of 40 days, see this table

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