Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 05:00 CET

Based on 64665 DNS queries

Average query time 48.9397 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
17.6936 ms
20.0416 ms
18.8676 ms 159.38 %
18.72,18.55,18.08,19.33,19.30,20.87,19.91,18.52,19.77,20.38,22.15,19.50,23.31,20.26,18.92,20.84,21.11,20.66,18.76,17.79,18.58,18.98,18.64,18.89
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 22.9079 ms 22.9079 ms 113.64 %
21.28,24.01,19.07,20.56,17.13,16.19,21.34,24.95,24.64,18.52,28.52,25.89,22.60,17.31,28.14,23.06,24.42,18.95,25.04,16.37,22.36,23.75,28.62,22.91
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 24.5512 ms 24.5512 ms 99.34 %
25.06,24.07,23.02,23.13,24.15,24.58,23.51,27.69,26.50,23.84,26.76,25.56,23.74,24.24,25.33,23.72,25.29,22.63,24.39,23.87,23.03,23.62,22.65,24.55
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
26.5076 ms
25.6896 ms
26.0986 ms 87.52 %
21.60,23.07,22.69,25.59,24.42,26.74,26.39,26.21,27.97,24.68,23.65,23.64,28.72,24.24,24.51,23.48,24.54,24.80,26.12,28.21,27.82,30.94,28.78,26.10
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
36.4510 ms
37.1772 ms
36.8141 ms 32.94 %
35.82,37.26,35.97,36.90,35.74,40.32,37.82,38.24,36.00,38.20,37.02,39.46,40.11,37.68,36.74,37.04,39.29,37.71,37.07,37.32,36.42,38.03,37.30,36.81
Dyn 216.146.35.35 37.6955 ms 37.6955 ms 29.83 %
34.59,37.86,34.07,34.13,33.61,40.29,39.60,36.65,39.55,39.46,33.76,38.02,40.53,39.74,41.13,36.40,49.34,45.83,44.37,39.37,38.99,42.48,42.73,37.70
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

41.6472 ms
41.6472 ms 17.51 %
38.19,32.76,30.26,43.34,31.15,35.26,39.29,40.93,49.33,49.08,36.09,39.66,41.15,49.67,42.21,45.95,49.20,44.72,34.67,39.51,41.81,46.86,34.52,41.65
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
50.0834 ms
38.8385 ms
44.4609 ms 10.07 %
43.22,44.46,44.09,45.13,43.48,45.01,44.90,45.95,44.65,46.59,46.56,49.36,44.83,44.74,46.44,44.61,47.84,49.76,44.43,45.56,46.97,46.60,43.78,44.21
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.8991 ms
43.8002 ms
45.3497 ms 7.92 %
44.94,44.10,45.93,45.34,45.64,45.71,46.22,47.21,47.53,46.71,46.89,47.43,47.69,46.96,45.28,46.48,46.80,44.69,44.86,44.83,45.15,44.71,46.44,45.37
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
45.6840 ms
45.0660 ms
45.3750 ms 7.86 %
45.89,44.45,45.70,45.38,44.26,47.01,46.36,46.15,46.36,47.18,46.59,44.13,45.54,41.97,43.47,39.63,38.60,37.89,39.20,45.02,44.66,42.98,42.85,45.39
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
45.6158 ms
46.6720 ms
46.1439 ms 6.06 %
47.01,46.67,46.24,46.32,50.34,50.47,50.41,49.52,46.76,48.25,50.71,46.97,49.81,45.54,45.77,45.65,46.11,47.05,44.70,46.32,46.46,49.45,46.18,46.14
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
50.5656 ms
42.8449 ms
46.7053 ms 4.78 %
45.43,45.11,46.87,45.30,44.63,46.08,47.17,43.16,45.15,45.63,45.93,46.07,46.52,46.90,44.17,46.01,45.70,44.77,45.30,45.16,46.60,50.09,46.60,46.63
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
77.6342 ms
78.8763 ms
78.2552 ms -37.46 %
77.01,78.27,86.26,80.47,81.79,81.83,86.20,82.89,82.00,82.13,81.79,81.79,82.84,84.03,83.07,84.52,85.61,83.55,82.52,81.31,79.14,79.59,78.23,78.22
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
255.4919 ms
27.3376 ms
141.4147 ms -65.39 %
148.46,141.68,139.08,131.46,130.13,141.54,143.91,138.42,127.66,134.46,136.63,137.40,135.45,139.36,135.96,132.51,145.00,135.00,136.87,145.26,156.13,150.82,150.42,144.43
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.