Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 04:00 CET

Based on 60815 DNS queries

Average query time 41.3320 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
20.1394 ms
18.5741 ms
19.3567 ms 113.53 %
17.93,17.60,22.72,19.00,17.68,19.12,18.81,18.74,19.20,18.06,16.83,17.79,18.96,18.18,20.02,18.99,21.53,23.06,22.87,18.45,19.37,23.38,19.84,19.39
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 19.9763 ms 19.9763 ms 106.91 %
20.04,14.21,15.85,15.30,13.11,12.90,18.35,15.36,14.30,14.90,12.84,17.64,16.10,15.84,17.61,22.28,22.16,24.38,19.16,19.82,21.19,18.49,22.24,19.98
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
24.4392 ms
25.2216 ms
24.8304 ms 66.46 %
25.42,23.22,27.06,23.85,23.22,22.65,26.75,25.65,22.25,24.31,26.10,23.06,23.13,30.72,29.33,31.12,28.46,29.79,29.40,26.46,31.90,28.39,30.18,24.82
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 25.0597 ms 25.0597 ms 64.93 %
24.00,23.44,25.64,27.19,23.93,22.63,24.66,22.30,24.09,26.17,27.63,26.86,25.68,28.63,37.57,30.66,28.99,25.83,28.13,26.67,24.99,25.80,28.83,25.06
Dyn 216.146.35.35 33.1396 ms 33.1396 ms 24.72 %
32.50,32.82,34.41,32.98,32.32,32.37,34.23,34.94,32.84,32.34,31.72,31.70,31.70,34.67,34.61,34.00,35.08,36.36,34.75,33.30,31.09,32.14,33.84,33.14
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
36.9504 ms
39.0276 ms
37.9890 ms 8.80 %
36.82,36.21,37.03,36.31,36.27,36.52,36.64,38.90,37.90,36.36,36.42,37.11,37.10,38.40,37.33,39.30,37.98,37.70,39.22,36.65,36.48,36.39,37.19,38.05
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
47.6905 ms
31.6776 ms
39.6841 ms 4.15 %
37.26,47.77,43.06,37.45,42.31,42.90,41.07,65.21,42.75,32.86,36.02,63.65,35.80,42.53,37.76,39.19,38.74,42.64,57.96,49.50,41.61,39.55,39.49,39.89
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
52.4731 ms
35.5174 ms
43.9952 ms -6.05 %
43.33,44.90,44.74,42.68,43.32,43.16,44.17,45.38,44.52,44.31,44.62,42.30,43.14,49.54,45.43,45.24,45.46,43.29,44.07,46.28,42.82,43.67,45.79,44.09
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

44.6226 ms
44.6226 ms -7.37 %
30.53,31.09,37.10,35.39,32.03,34.79,33.39,42.36,37.89,34.60,39.52,47.63,40.29,44.43,40.56,45.88,47.87,41.83,46.91,34.46,33.53,36.19,43.04,44.62
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
45.9619 ms
44.1323 ms
45.0471 ms -8.25 %
47.04,45.20,44.62,45.23,43.90,44.13,48.12,47.04,46.54,44.81,45.47,45.85,44.64,45.81,47.52,48.83,45.57,41.99,46.11,45.99,43.39,44.72,44.20,45.01
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
47.6513 ms
42.4900 ms
45.0706 ms -8.30 %
43.33,44.23,45.42,44.60,47.50,42.76,44.26,41.98,42.51,41.53,42.64,43.81,43.83,45.78,45.92,44.99,43.05,45.95,44.20,45.61,43.80,43.32,47.54,45.04
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
50.2620 ms
41.0285 ms
45.6453 ms -9.45 %
44.48,44.68,48.74,46.12,44.44,41.86,43.22,44.99,42.64,41.45,46.80,44.02,42.73,44.92,44.13,45.46,44.80,42.37,46.13,42.73,43.69,44.61,44.37,45.70
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
54.9646 ms
56.7430 ms
55.8538 ms -26.00 %
55.81,56.14,55.24,57.80,54.98,52.49,57.12,55.71,53.07,52.56,51.93,56.68,51.11,57.59,56.36,57.28,57.98,56.30,54.37,57.05,56.97,55.28,57.13,55.86
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
78.9797 ms
76.6171 ms
77.7984 ms -46.87 %
75.27,75.92,78.17,77.04,77.37,75.88,79.53,81.42,80.34,77.34,77.96,77.11,76.60,97.19,96.63,87.05,82.57,80.23,80.94,78.26,76.68,77.69,77.37,77.73
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.