Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 18:00 CET

Based on 32886 DNS queries

Average query time 102.8650 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 17.1994 ms 17.1994 ms 498.07 %
30.91,24.17,22.09,26.66,23.84,23.72,24.74,27.82,26.56,24.65,25.43,30.69,27.24,22.83,28.57,29.01,27.70,24.03,22.08,24.60,26.18,25.35,20.95,17.20
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
18.8255 ms
16.3420 ms
17.5838 ms 485.00 %
15.38,15.90,21.69,15.38,14.99,15.90,15.70,14.92,15.51,15.07,14.98,15.88,16.60,15.35,16.60,16.04,14.75,14.76,16.66,17.86,18.75,17.41,19.72,17.65
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
27.6882 ms
20.4595 ms
24.0739 ms 327.29 %
25.36,29.97,36.83,25.44,23.46,26.41,21.22,27.59,25.07,28.13,25.65,23.42,21.94,25.60,28.16,20.97,17.99,27.51,21.67,22.65,24.41,20.90,22.43,23.88
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
29.1963 ms
30.6712 ms
29.9338 ms 243.64 %
29.11,28.76,34.22,28.98,30.13,29.76,32.89,28.35,29.97,30.63,28.66,27.60,30.70,27.89,29.58,27.59,60.38,61.27,115.41,42.14,34.53,29.42,31.22,29.90
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

42.5074 ms
42.5074 ms 141.99 %
49.74,56.85,42.76,40.40,41.44,35.06,36.12,42.14,42.84,42.83,44.59,32.70,36.05,33.54,38.76,31.62,50.14,39.74,33.79,67.32,37.81,38.92,39.20,42.51
Dyn 216.146.35.35 44.2860 ms 44.2860 ms 132.27 %
45.02,47.83,46.37,45.33,45.86,50.21,47.88,46.01,47.91,47.09,47.64,46.54,48.50,53.24,46.88,46.48,42.46,44.65,46.92,43.48,44.97,44.68,45.78,44.29
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
43.1233 ms
46.5641 ms
44.8437 ms 129.39 %
46.13,42.80,47.90,46.55,44.92,44.61,41.62,43.80,41.71,41.42,43.16,41.57,43.01,42.86,41.41,45.00,42.88,40.37,42.47,43.19,41.72,42.03,44.07,45.06
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
44.5670 ms
45.9065 ms
45.2368 ms 127.39 %
49.00,50.55,53.16,46.71,47.17,47.13,46.57,49.92,47.87,46.91,52.28,46.11,46.24,47.80,50.64,48.14,44.83,46.40,48.08,46.77,49.51,48.38,48.50,45.23
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
55.4512 ms
49.1129 ms
52.2820 ms 96.75 %
61.92,56.15,50.14,52.24,52.32,58.56,50.95,50.24,51.97,53.41,52.41,54.85,53.22,55.89,49.24,49.65,50.12,56.21,49.93,53.99,55.04,50.81,51.71,52.20
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
57.1094 ms
50.3650 ms
53.7372 ms 91.42 %
54.32,51.94,53.47,52.58,53.51,53.90,53.88,52.77,54.81,54.90,55.72,52.20,54.87,54.57,51.68,50.25,52.18,48.95,51.27,55.80,57.79,54.20,52.83,53.69
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
248.2576 ms
53.1313 ms
150.6945 ms -31.74 %
166.96,126.28,150.32,135.29,138.79,138.57,126.01,130.64,138.00,146.72,138.02,170.46,176.86,178.33,167.90,155.11,180.33,160.46,173.35,172.26,163.09,163.47,141.88,144.26
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
236.9529 ms
160.7828 ms
198.8678 ms -48.27 %
737.86,340.70,142.10,107.83,103.32,52.77,40.52,38.38,36.54,37.26,35.00,42.53,123.14,382.50,1012.52,1009.75,1052.31,898.20,905.07,509.53,327.46,355.56,260.92,202.48
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
302.8371 ms
299.1153 ms
300.9762 ms -65.82 %
305.71,281.82,279.55,288.04,260.46,259.21,256.74,251.42,268.88,268.26,268.31,258.44,257.57,287.11,342.65,343.36,317.98,304.90,298.06,332.00,321.82,294.16,293.11,300.87
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 556.5842 ms 556.5842 ms -81.52 %
27.58,24.94,48.27,48.88,26.96,28.80,27.47,23.19,23.70,29.21,24.15,26.72,24.14,26.08,24.41,26.17,25.20,26.74,25.78,25.92,28.07,28.06,184.02,556.58
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.