Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 21:00 CET

Based on 32477 DNS queries

Average query time 104.8376 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
14.0509 ms
17.4405 ms
15.7457 ms 565.82 %
13.27,12.42,13.76,13.42,12.97,15.09,13.11,13.57,13.78,13.58,14.21,15.28,15.45,18.36,15.50,17.48,14.99,13.70,14.23,12.52,13.24,14.07,14.68,15.71
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 23.9844 ms 23.9844 ms 337.11 %
27.41,26.13,23.80,29.64,25.02,27.12,27.28,26.77,24.65,24.30,21.16,25.05,27.32,25.15,26.40,27.02,27.09,23.89,23.62,24.48,29.18,30.24,27.85,23.98
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
22.0029 ms
26.2786 ms
24.1407 ms 334.28 %
25.43,22.70,24.39,22.51,26.21,24.58,21.18,30.75,28.04,21.38,27.11,32.35,26.83,25.12,31.32,24.20,27.95,26.47,32.59,28.38,25.06,24.15,24.72,24.08
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
29.9200 ms
29.0173 ms
29.4687 ms 255.76 %
30.85,29.51,29.45,29.88,29.98,30.01,29.71,29.23,28.83,29.16,30.02,30.97,28.73,28.43,31.18,31.68,28.64,30.40,31.13,33.02,32.10,30.10,29.65,29.42
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

38.5251 ms
38.5251 ms 172.13 %
50.92,37.66,32.06,33.24,40.62,38.69,36.34,35.79,30.24,42.04,33.50,35.69,35.58,39.78,36.20,39.55,35.44,39.95,36.37,43.60,41.65,28.92,38.36,38.53
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 42.2788 ms 42.2788 ms 147.97 %
27.60,27.02,26.92,27.72,30.58,30.29,26.01,25.49,29.03,25.12,24.51,26.28,24.49,24.65,25.75,30.50,33.45,29.60,28.55,46.63,49.04,54.23,46.31,42.28
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
45.7273 ms
44.8557 ms
45.2915 ms 131.47 %
47.81,45.98,46.45,50.07,46.81,48.46,46.77,46.06,45.57,48.23,47.63,49.19,47.96,47.19,46.44,47.15,47.40,49.69,45.07,47.07,46.00,53.96,49.57,45.29
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
50.6755 ms
45.7950 ms
48.2352 ms 117.35 %
48.32,47.51,41.63,42.82,42.57,43.44,44.39,41.50,44.85,43.50,42.53,46.05,44.32,43.18,46.01,43.57,43.90,43.96,43.52,46.26,45.30,48.03,48.31,47.96
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
57.5949 ms
52.6902 ms
55.1426 ms 90.12 %
47.73,46.13,51.30,49.64,51.27,51.21,50.89,49.17,50.51,49.13,48.65,47.26,53.23,50.20,50.61,54.32,51.21,53.92,54.32,48.46,50.04,48.12,53.30,55.28
Dyn 216.146.35.35 59.6974 ms 59.6974 ms 75.61 %
41.02,41.52,44.05,44.01,44.45,45.41,46.73,45.37,44.98,46.45,45.16,44.77,45.82,47.41,44.66,44.52,50.20,44.97,45.16,46.28,42.68,45.45,44.63,59.70
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
62.4059 ms
57.5117 ms
59.9588 ms 74.85 %
47.87,45.56,51.76,52.19,51.20,53.77,52.93,50.03,50.01,50.04,50.49,48.52,53.02,57.00,54.26,55.85,52.90,57.50,55.52,48.96,59.52,54.86,53.71,59.90
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
221.6944 ms
28.9222 ms
125.3083 ms -16.34 %
116.67,110.90,124.87,116.57,132.44,135.23,138.16,126.62,123.48,118.95,122.78,122.18,122.12,131.06,119.70,127.95,123.97,136.61,121.63,117.31,114.24,121.30,133.88,129.71
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
386.3372 ms
355.1083 ms
370.7228 ms -71.72 %
259.86,272.23,274.91,271.68,268.35,267.32,268.31,255.17,265.34,258.37,253.13,284.17,289.64,288.45,283.05,275.55,270.24,362.61,356.98,332.53,320.71,345.54,359.08,369.99
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
474.3314 ms
346.2450 ms
410.2882 ms -74.45 %
54.96,37.89,35.45,30.60,36.02,95.83,32.30,41.64,48.31,68.18,121.48,309.22,235.61,269.89,286.60,267.63,269.93,327.74,265.54,244.85,303.17,345.72,321.68,419.33
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.