Public DNS Performance

An overview of the top Public DNS providers and their respective response time performance. More about Public DNS.

Updated today at 18:00 CET

Based on 24736 DNS queries

Average query time 138.7680 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
15.5907 ms
14.5381 ms
15.0644 ms 821.16 %
13.07,16.90,18.11,13.99,14.45,14.50,13.95,15.02,13.51,13.97,14.40,17.12,14.70,15.54,13.88,15.51,16.74,16.42,15.24,14.63,15.75,17.49,14.53,15.02
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
29.2613 ms
19.1043 ms
24.1828 ms 473.83 %
27.62,24.16,24.80,19.32,25.60,25.13,22.93,26.19,23.53,22.26,24.40,24.47,22.55,21.68,26.21,21.67,18.84,24.29,22.77,24.20,23.38,19.56,22.28,24.05
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 25.6139 ms 25.6139 ms 441.77 %
29.52,27.82,40.07,46.59,24.91,28.88,24.00,27.16,26.30,26.67,32.06,27.92,25.62,30.74,29.29,29.69,32.75,28.08,27.93,25.48,34.02,30.02,26.55,25.61
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 28.8231 ms 28.8231 ms 381.45 %
25.27,25.61,29.52,25.15,19.49,21.97,28.17,23.39,25.56,22.28,19.75,30.48,26.69,20.50,24.89,25.74,26.44,23.24,21.26,68.56,25.90,22.90,27.66,28.82
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
28.7368 ms
29.0507 ms
28.8937 ms 380.27 %
33.68,29.79,29.88,33.09,30.41,29.85,31.69,29.50,29.43,37.72,29.81,29.42,31.46,30.53,30.06,27.89,30.83,33.34,28.97,28.69,31.31,30.95,32.82,28.89
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

30.6851 ms
30.6851 ms 352.23 %
38.33,36.75,56.58,48.42,37.03,33.57,37.06,33.83,41.69,31.69,31.37,33.34,49.15,34.67,54.60,31.22,52.31,681.08,901.02,993.98,973.89,879.93,319.53,30.69
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
45.2773 ms
42.9092 ms
44.0933 ms 214.71 %
46.55,48.43,45.29,55.95,47.57,42.15,41.62,44.75,42.78,42.75,44.80,41.27,40.35,42.99,40.04,42.29,44.44,46.66,41.83,41.90,46.17,44.04,44.79,44.17
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
47.0300 ms
48.7725 ms
47.9013 ms 189.70 %
45.76,45.60,49.85,45.21,46.29,46.77,47.45,44.99,47.46,47.28,46.65,49.32,46.45,45.75,45.37,45.51,44.60,45.12,47.48,50.53,47.23,45.49,47.12,47.83
Dyn 216.146.35.35 47.9712 ms 47.9712 ms 189.27 %
40.10,53.19,46.19,44.07,41.49,43.25,43.71,42.26,46.34,42.66,43.41,48.25,47.44,46.79,47.51,45.19,44.20,45.31,46.02,47.17,48.05,55.52,45.16,47.97
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
55.4754 ms
53.3056 ms
54.3905 ms 155.13 %
48.79,54.81,57.40,46.93,49.23,47.52,45.37,52.55,49.20,48.50,51.86,54.39,59.36,58.28,54.78,55.00,57.98,52.95,55.05,51.40,49.07,51.46,50.28,54.29
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
54.5685 ms
60.4000 ms
57.4842 ms 141.40 %
48.97,57.19,57.94,51.21,51.10,50.54,50.66,50.08,53.51,48.61,50.31,54.11,57.96,58.20,54.05,56.57,59.18,54.89,51.92,54.39,53.17,56.55,54.11,57.63
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
270.7361 ms
63.4832 ms
167.1096 ms -16.96 %
120.82,128.32,126.78,118.28,131.91,124.53,118.83,120.36,131.82,116.99,120.38,159.07,182.93,187.04,178.72,171.77,221.39,182.52,175.28,147.92,204.89,165.13,168.30,182.99
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
320.8478 ms
309.2917 ms
315.0698 ms -55.96 %
356.34,324.08,306.88,288.98,283.94,280.94,299.84,289.06,281.89,291.25,291.82,291.54,321.69,311.03,331.05,336.35,352.74,329.12,356.06,314.02,319.36,303.91,307.48,315.60
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
890.6612 ms
644.1588 ms
767.4100 ms -81.92 %
113.05,299.91,396.26,475.78,380.06,391.47,378.98,332.16,423.71,439.67,446.56,335.83,518.25,833.06,1367.42,1554.00,1403.19,1373.37,1318.11,1083.96,916.51,887.86,799.95,765.30
Performance: Average server response time compared to average response time of all tested servers.

What is Public DNS?

Public DNS servers are provided as free-to-use alternatives to the DNS servers supplied by your ISP.

Public DNS servers are often distributed world wide and may provide faster domain name resolving on your internet connection.

In addition, several of these DNS servers provide additional features like privacy, anti-phishing and adult content blocking.

Get more details about each individual Public DNS server, what benefits they offer and how to change your DNS settings on Tim Fisher's Free and Public DNS Servers.

Not included

A handful of Public DNS providers have been excluded, because their services fall far below the acceptable response time threshold. We encourage anyone who uses these servers to benchmark against some of the other servers listed above.

Public DNS providers not included: Comodo Secure DNS (8.26.56.26, 8.20.247.20), GreenTeamDNS (81.218.119.11, 209.88.198.133), SmartViper (208.76.50.50, 208.76.51.51), Yandex.DNS (77.88.8.8, 77.88.8.1), CensurfriDNS (91.239.100.100, 89.233.43.71).

About the data

Every hour the performance data table is updated to reflect the average response time for each server. Public DNS providers usually host a primary and secondary server and the average of both servers is used for ranking.

The response time is derived from querying the Public DNS for a random domain's NS record. The domains queried are part of the TLD zones (.at, .be, .ca, .ch, .cz, .de, .es, .eu, .it, .nl, .no, .pt, .se) and can be active and inactive domain names. Basically the equivalent of timing the unix command: $ host -t ns google.de

Geographically the queries are issued from servers in Central Europe to domains within the ccTLD zones listed above, which means that the accuracy of the response times may vary outside of Europe.