Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 08:00 CET

Based on 75152 DNS queries

Average query time 41.3200 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
11.4712 ms
11.0986 ms
11.2849 ms 266.15 %
11.92,11.17,11.39,12.56,10.91,10.89,12.19,12.61,12.01,13.21,12.13,12.62,15.90,11.96,12.84,11.46,11.70,12.33,13.13,15.50,12.51,15.10,12.64,11.28
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 24.7675 ms 24.7675 ms 66.83 %
26.10,26.02,21.76,24.38,20.77,23.50,19.79,23.41,29.42,23.42,20.63,25.13,20.69,19.54,21.29,14.01,14.67,20.11,23.89,22.61,21.69,23.64,21.79,24.77
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
24.2189 ms
26.5702 ms
25.3945 ms 62.71 %
24.09,23.83,35.25,28.42,28.45,24.17,24.51,23.01,22.10,26.11,26.14,24.55,25.80,25.86,24.25,24.77,27.20,26.06,27.51,31.84,26.47,27.92,27.09,25.42
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 28.8922 ms 28.8922 ms 43.01 %
25.42,24.37,32.80,25.74,22.35,22.89,22.52,24.00,23.93,28.71,26.57,23.24,26.58,24.42,22.68,23.27,21.50,22.71,24.49,23.67,24.16,23.49,30.40,28.89
Dyn 216.146.35.35 29.9065 ms 29.9065 ms 38.16 %
35.92,33.01,33.42,35.38,33.44,33.71,30.04,30.78,34.57,32.04,31.65,30.53,32.54,33.54,31.90,29.29,30.17,30.78,32.10,30.67,39.81,29.88,33.27,29.91
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
36.5023 ms
35.9151 ms
36.2087 ms 14.12 %
37.65,38.16,37.54,39.31,36.39,34.96,36.33,40.46,35.12,37.89,37.81,36.71,38.18,39.63,38.79,36.12,37.30,35.59,36.95,36.77,38.14,36.98,39.56,36.20
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

37.7824 ms
37.7824 ms 9.36 %
43.86,34.45,37.60,46.19,41.41,37.47,38.35,41.79,45.40,40.55,44.14,39.44,43.22,47.31,44.79,37.42,39.19,37.66,45.65,31.78,28.99,40.83,33.44,37.78
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.6541 ms
41.6225 ms
44.1383 ms -6.39 %
51.03,44.55,44.57,44.65,43.67,44.71,44.15,43.43,44.97,45.16,44.95,46.28,44.32,47.01,44.51,44.43,44.33,44.76,44.59,45.04,45.91,44.42,46.15,44.17
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
48.5610 ms
39.9402 ms
44.2506 ms -6.62 %
44.55,42.82,45.21,45.01,44.35,47.56,45.56,43.62,43.81,44.87,46.76,47.07,47.12,47.82,45.46,44.16,44.56,47.05,44.34,44.90,45.70,44.51,47.30,44.31
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
44.5675 ms
46.0314 ms
45.2995 ms -8.78 %
46.87,46.44,44.79,48.59,47.64,46.01,45.51,45.28,45.87,47.49,45.42,49.78,48.73,47.01,46.05,46.48,46.11,45.01,46.95,44.68,46.38,46.30,45.82,45.34
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
48.8600 ms
46.7877 ms
47.8239 ms -13.60 %
49.94,49.00,51.00,50.19,47.51,49.24,47.07,47.54,49.20,49.03,52.02,51.02,50.89,48.54,49.17,49.56,50.03,47.92,47.25,47.49,46.93,52.45,49.42,47.89
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
50.6707 ms
45.1275 ms
47.8991 ms -13.74 %
43.92,43.09,44.39,43.79,44.19,46.45,42.87,44.06,43.86,45.78,41.82,45.34,45.33,47.75,44.68,43.92,44.85,43.14,45.45,46.32,45.10,46.42,46.60,47.78
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
52.5581 ms
53.0973 ms
52.8277 ms -21.78 %
50.66,50.54,51.97,49.42,48.00,46.55,47.12,48.68,45.13,49.07,50.69,49.96,52.17,49.25,48.85,48.02,46.63,50.90,53.81,53.41,53.60,56.12,53.32,52.83
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
79.9752 ms
75.8407 ms
77.9080 ms -46.96 %
79.18,80.11,78.94,82.25,79.42,79.00,78.52,78.81,80.09,80.01,80.15,80.50,81.17,77.82,78.15,76.70,74.92,75.96,77.43,77.86,75.88,76.59,75.84,77.77
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.