Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 11:00 CET

Based on 70652 DNS queries

Average query time 45.1479 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 18.7194 ms 18.7194 ms 141.18 %
15.56,25.84,20.50,20.98,24.47,22.01,17.17,16.64,15.47,15.80,17.86,19.54,15.86,24.12,17.01,21.08,17.86,16.62,17.92,19.20,23.13,19.48,25.17,18.72
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
20.2534 ms
20.9787 ms
20.6160 ms 118.99 %
18.20,18.99,18.09,17.13,28.23,19.12,20.60,20.53,18.54,21.32,19.12,20.76,21.22,19.51,20.72,21.46,20.42,19.36,21.79,19.36,18.14,19.64,20.09,20.61
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
27.5255 ms
23.5489 ms
25.5372 ms 76.79 %
27.18,26.79,26.22,26.19,25.49,29.01,27.70,27.37,27.71,28.19,30.88,28.14,26.09,30.98,29.58,33.83,30.49,29.87,32.89,30.52,26.51,25.68,24.12,25.63
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 26.2303 ms 26.2303 ms 72.12 %
25.51,23.58,23.17,23.16,24.29,24.63,24.38,23.43,23.62,25.67,26.35,22.72,22.33,25.63,25.41,29.70,28.33,27.92,31.85,29.22,29.42,25.68,34.81,26.23
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
36.9092 ms
40.6203 ms
38.7648 ms 16.47 %
37.40,38.33,37.86,36.96,36.51,37.96,39.20,38.23,39.21,39.05,39.88,39.38,36.55,42.89,39.62,42.74,40.85,40.28,40.45,41.44,39.65,40.59,40.17,38.75
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
38.4551 ms
39.2834 ms
38.8692 ms 16.15 %
37.75,37.65,37.88,38.20,38.02,39.40,37.73,38.87,40.03,40.03,38.31,39.22,38.86,41.79,42.13,39.27,41.60,43.65,40.81,40.74,41.22,39.31,41.13,38.88
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
49.5655 ms
28.6172 ms
39.0913 ms 15.49 %
39.88,40.76,39.68,37.11,38.25,36.09,38.12,39.31,37.60,39.84,42.65,38.01,38.39,40.37,43.77,42.03,44.95,43.88,43.32,40.98,40.23,44.83,41.99,38.01
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.8993 ms
36.5665 ms
41.7329 ms 8.18 %
40.44,40.56,39.01,39.33,39.00,40.57,42.56,38.86,39.89,41.05,39.71,38.28,40.80,41.80,41.18,41.52,43.44,43.64,39.69,40.23,45.17,40.92,44.30,41.76
Dyn 216.146.35.35 42.3467 ms 42.3467 ms 6.61 %
42.18,43.38,35.37,39.05,36.74,39.32,37.74,37.87,37.99,39.35,41.87,42.75,38.19,39.86,40.25,39.75,39.62,42.68,40.13,41.30,41.77,42.63,43.02,42.35
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
52.0884 ms
40.2249 ms
46.1566 ms -2.19 %
43.42,43.19,44.35,44.13,45.04,45.44,44.27,43.77,44.39,45.80,46.19,44.34,43.81,48.66,50.32,47.53,49.95,49.95,46.66,49.53,49.28,47.49,47.87,46.12
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
47.4818 ms
47.3671 ms
47.4244 ms -4.80 %
44.62,43.39,45.70,44.65,45.39,44.00,46.30,44.16,42.90,45.92,47.61,43.86,43.87,46.54,44.70,44.82,44.08,46.16,44.49,44.55,44.99,44.94,47.12,47.42
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
53.8099 ms
41.4107 ms
47.6103 ms -5.17 %
43.56,44.05,45.33,44.96,44.50,44.14,45.97,43.65,45.01,46.73,49.63,46.72,44.87,47.45,50.38,46.39,52.58,49.58,48.52,48.99,49.10,47.26,46.58,48.44
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

48.4171 ms
48.4171 ms -6.75 %
37.68,40.93,36.26,38.33,40.14,40.85,40.65,45.70,34.87,43.31,36.05,48.63,46.11,54.33,44.87,39.23,35.41,40.00,40.62,36.27,44.30,43.15,52.25,48.42
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
88.8806 ms
81.2236 ms
85.0521 ms -46.92 %
78.20,77.07,76.95,79.44,79.56,80.72,82.53,79.34,81.09,84.99,88.57,79.35,79.49,84.17,82.57,81.78,82.41,82.55,81.83,82.17,85.42,82.63,85.18,84.82
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 128.5894 ms 128.5894 ms -64.89 %
122.12,129.34,124.95,122.04,123.48,122.84,129.31,128.77,124.58,125.41,127.09,129.82,121.10,128.84,128.00,135.48,132.55,135.95,143.74,136.53,133.79,129.28,132.20,128.59
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 [primary server] (91.239.100.100).

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.