Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 20:00 CET

Based on 64824 DNS queries

Average query time 49.6190 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
20.5595 ms
17.4118 ms
18.9856 ms 161.35 %
22.04,21.51,25.27,18.49,18.21,19.92,17.89,17.34,19.20,18.72,18.55,18.08,19.33,19.30,20.87,19.91,18.52,19.77,20.38,22.15,19.50,23.31,20.26,18.92
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
23.8070 ms
25.2908 ms
24.5489 ms 102.12 %
25.73,24.55,26.78,25.27,26.03,27.30,25.53,23.53,23.16,21.60,23.07,22.69,25.59,24.42,26.74,26.39,26.21,27.97,24.68,23.65,23.64,28.72,24.24,24.51
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 25.3281 ms 25.3281 ms 95.91 %
25.21,27.51,24.35,24.97,23.22,22.61,22.04,24.54,24.27,25.06,24.07,23.02,23.13,24.15,24.58,23.51,27.69,26.50,23.84,26.76,25.56,23.74,24.24,25.33
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 28.1375 ms 28.1375 ms 76.34 %
27.23,19.29,20.65,19.17,18.42,21.41,16.88,25.53,18.64,21.28,24.01,19.07,20.56,17.13,16.19,21.34,24.95,24.64,18.52,28.52,25.89,22.60,17.31,28.14
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
37.1712 ms
36.3080 ms
36.7396 ms 35.06 %
39.27,41.30,42.41,40.46,35.60,37.39,36.96,37.49,36.76,35.82,37.26,35.97,36.90,35.74,40.32,37.82,38.24,36.00,38.20,37.02,39.46,40.11,37.68,36.74
Dyn 216.146.35.35 41.1301 ms 41.1301 ms 20.64 %
35.18,38.02,40.13,92.63,38.73,38.21,35.98,38.87,37.79,34.59,37.86,34.07,34.13,33.61,40.29,39.60,36.65,39.55,39.46,33.76,38.02,40.53,39.74,41.13
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

42.2116 ms
42.2116 ms 17.55 %
45.65,42.57,41.21,37.16,48.98,48.76,41.79,35.55,30.74,38.19,32.76,30.26,43.34,31.15,35.26,39.29,40.93,49.33,49.08,36.09,39.66,41.15,49.67,42.21
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
44.3307 ms
42.5682 ms
43.4494 ms 14.20 %
43.03,43.06,48.35,44.03,43.72,46.70,43.93,44.02,45.49,45.89,44.45,45.70,45.38,44.26,47.01,46.36,46.15,46.36,47.18,46.59,44.13,45.54,41.97,43.47
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
48.7705 ms
40.0773 ms
44.4239 ms 11.69 %
45.16,46.38,45.13,46.21,44.90,45.90,46.55,46.16,48.36,45.43,45.11,46.87,45.30,44.63,46.08,47.17,43.16,45.15,45.63,45.93,46.07,46.52,46.90,44.17
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.7673 ms
43.5853 ms
45.1763 ms 9.83 %
44.81,45.44,46.43,45.36,45.26,44.67,46.60,44.63,45.41,44.94,44.10,45.93,45.34,45.64,45.71,46.22,47.21,47.53,46.71,46.89,47.43,47.69,46.96,45.28
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
45.9869 ms
45.5476 ms
45.7672 ms 8.42 %
49.40,49.97,52.23,45.78,45.33,45.70,45.55,45.68,45.91,47.01,46.67,46.24,46.32,50.34,50.47,50.41,49.52,46.76,48.25,50.71,46.97,49.81,45.54,45.77
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
49.2623 ms
43.3215 ms
46.2919 ms 7.19 %
43.84,54.01,49.07,46.92,43.28,44.66,44.22,43.54,46.01,43.22,44.46,44.09,45.13,43.48,45.01,44.90,45.95,44.65,46.59,46.56,49.36,44.83,44.74,46.44
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
84.2352 ms
81.8577 ms
83.0464 ms -40.25 %
80.37,80.12,82.53,79.11,78.02,80.00,79.94,80.29,77.46,77.01,78.27,86.26,80.47,81.79,81.83,86.20,82.89,82.00,82.13,81.79,81.79,82.84,84.03,83.07
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
246.0793 ms
25.8068 ms
135.9430 ms -63.50 %
143.64,151.14,153.04,138.72,140.66,148.22,138.04,132.00,139.92,148.46,141.68,139.08,131.46,130.13,141.54,143.91,138.42,127.66,134.46,136.63,137.40,135.45,139.36,135.96
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.