Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 01:00 CET

Based on 59915 DNS queries

Average query time 54.2897 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 16.4600 ms 16.4600 ms 229.83 %
17.12,19.16,21.60,20.97,20.80,16.56,17.46,21.30,16.83,15.70,18.29,19.11,15.23,15.88,15.24,17.56,20.56,17.94,18.89,16.97,18.76,16.70,15.77,16.46
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
20.4520 ms
20.7681 ms
20.6101 ms 163.41 %
16.53,20.33,18.88,17.73,18.55,19.84,22.37,19.20,20.23,18.27,24.55,19.79,28.77,24.86,22.29,22.43,18.82,20.98,20.35,22.34,21.33,23.21,20.33,20.63
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
28.6086 ms
30.8849 ms
29.7468 ms 82.51 %
23.78,26.20,23.25,24.55,25.61,25.36,24.38,23.86,23.85,24.44,29.03,25.81,24.28,26.37,22.96,24.45,26.13,26.45,28.61,33.92,28.18,29.78,31.57,29.76
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 30.1835 ms 30.1835 ms 79.87 %
27.01,28.52,29.18,29.10,32.24,35.62,31.70,30.61,30.18,28.09,35.96,29.76,29.81,35.45,30.85,39.45,31.98,28.72,32.15,31.35,34.22,29.51,30.38,30.18
Dyn 216.146.35.35 34.5231 ms 34.5231 ms 57.26 %
35.49,37.76,38.26,36.12,38.90,40.48,39.72,42.86,41.89,40.00,42.55,39.96,39.47,36.80,36.52,37.49,37.51,36.22,35.31,36.42,36.63,34.39,35.02,34.52
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
38.4629 ms
36.6087 ms
37.5358 ms 44.63 %
44.04,38.29,39.64,38.02,40.12,38.13,39.25,43.22,40.59,38.09,37.05,38.20,38.87,38.46,39.50,39.07,37.95,38.54,38.85,39.60,40.34,40.01,37.96,37.54
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
39.2041 ms
39.7242 ms
39.4641 ms 37.57 %
34.37,41.95,39.61,39.23,41.19,40.12,38.26,36.36,36.78,36.33,39.24,35.74,36.78,37.82,37.24,37.87,39.23,36.87,36.80,36.75,37.71,37.74,37.09,39.47
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.0976 ms
37.3434 ms
41.7205 ms 30.13 %
40.40,41.60,40.06,44.20,42.23,41.65,42.03,43.07,45.44,44.78,44.06,41.22,43.65,41.59,43.79,47.39,42.94,40.59,41.35,44.47,44.06,41.45,41.57,41.56
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
43.5718 ms
41.9715 ms
42.7717 ms 26.93 %
43.16,44.61,44.86,44.26,46.51,49.88,45.74,44.57,45.25,43.86,44.24,45.19,44.96,44.88,45.06,46.05,44.49,43.81,46.01,45.36,45.85,43.63,44.69,42.76
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

47.3611 ms
47.3611 ms 14.63 %
40.89,32.28,37.46,33.72,38.10,44.42,35.04,36.03,39.20,41.83,40.88,44.89,51.20,45.61,54.47,43.80,51.39,39.21,51.07,48.93,49.57,43.92,41.52,47.36
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
52.7274 ms
44.8471 ms
48.7873 ms 11.28 %
51.67,53.94,49.80,50.16,49.62,49.19,47.91,49.63,50.21,47.74,47.37,48.99,46.31,48.00,47.70,47.67,46.91,49.01,46.45,49.58,46.69,48.37,50.28,48.90
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
54.6530 ms
45.0602 ms
49.8566 ms 8.89 %
49.04,51.72,53.09,49.64,49.12,48.72,51.41,51.87,51.17,47.49,50.65,47.05,52.14,48.06,46.82,49.98,47.20,48.06,51.08,51.63,47.97,49.13,49.79,49.84
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
80.9068 ms
78.5150 ms
79.7109 ms -31.89 %
88.82,90.91,88.98,87.27,89.43,90.79,89.34,96.24,98.03,94.51,95.10,93.40,95.88,94.92,92.38,82.86,92.10,82.59,84.75,86.31,84.06,82.40,83.64,79.80
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 127.7551 ms 127.7551 ms -57.50 %
99.61,133.26,132.47,134.53,127.04,124.84,125.53,145.38,150.14,166.76,140.66,136.17,127.58,143.48,132.92,140.22,133.26,127.13,132.80,140.59,136.03,127.84,130.64,127.76
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
280.1667 ms
37.3670 ms
158.7669 ms -65.81 %
163.51,148.65,159.83,144.50,148.00,151.03,139.15,142.49,157.00,141.88,157.01,143.54,138.88,148.60,154.59,145.50,153.99,154.10,149.43,152.18,155.01,151.26,153.95,153.59
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.