Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 05:00 CET

Based on 60215 DNS queries

Average query time 52.3979 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
18.8002 ms
16.2782 ms
17.5392 ms 198.75 %
20.31,17.26,18.69,18.55,16.40,20.17,18.85,18.99,20.23,21.59,21.03,22.42,21.31,18.58,20.94,21.23,21.38,16.95,17.38,17.69,18.48,17.86,17.48,17.43
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 20.7299 ms 20.7299 ms 152.76 %
16.56,16.54,17.98,22.37,23.11,25.47,22.04,26.01,22.80,27.33,23.99,19.62,22.95,22.04,25.72,23.36,19.28,21.14,25.11,27.24,23.42,19.95,21.63,20.73
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 24.1570 ms 24.1570 ms 116.91 %
22.23,39.31,28.34,25.97,23.17,66.81,25.95,25.20,22.03,22.51,28.56,29.70,26.37,26.51,23.92,25.51,26.43,25.66,23.78,23.85,23.30,21.83,23.79,24.16
Dyn 216.146.35.35 31.4486 ms 31.4486 ms 66.61 %
36.01,34.08,39.91,36.72,37.00,36.73,34.98,36.55,36.96,42.90,38.21,38.38,38.26,39.90,35.99,39.60,42.07,35.13,35.34,36.27,34.72,34.84,34.79,31.45
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
30.5679 ms
34.3410 ms
32.4544 ms 61.45 %
28.25,30.27,29.36,28.93,26.44,28.96,27.21,29.33,27.62,29.18,32.87,27.22,28.85,29.72,31.81,32.02,30.59,28.11,28.03,28.95,32.88,27.64,30.90,32.47
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
38.3182 ms
37.5370 ms
37.9276 ms 38.15 %
38.77,38.09,38.64,38.07,37.52,37.39,38.70,38.54,40.69,37.46,38.15,40.59,38.98,39.94,38.79,42.77,41.90,39.78,42.84,43.77,40.83,38.44,38.74,37.91
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
38.4363 ms
38.2872 ms
38.3618 ms 36.59 %
38.08,37.41,38.50,39.86,39.48,36.62,35.91,38.38,35.33,35.94,38.85,37.11,37.48,41.15,40.10,42.10,39.59,38.25,39.33,36.94,38.48,38.93,38.98,38.36
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
45.0405 ms
34.7928 ms
39.9167 ms 31.27 %
40.20,41.35,41.74,41.36,42.46,40.24,41.29,40.27,42.51,44.09,40.06,43.12,41.78,43.54,40.71,41.11,41.99,40.45,41.63,39.77,40.62,40.24,40.40,39.96
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

40.0401 ms
40.0401 ms 30.86 %
46.15,34.24,39.82,39.88,31.84,40.33,38.45,36.26,39.86,39.48,48.41,41.00,39.42,39.73,45.04,46.03,44.86,32.64,43.13,41.09,34.89,41.85,42.86,40.04
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
51.0302 ms
41.9868 ms
46.5085 ms 12.66 %
47.35,49.29,50.07,47.97,48.38,47.00,45.42,46.81,58.26,48.03,54.08,50.11,48.12,55.16,54.55,55.58,49.74,47.50,49.37,46.78,47.81,47.94,49.13,46.91
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
52.8534 ms
42.5418 ms
47.6976 ms 9.85 %
46.63,47.00,48.31,47.53,46.27,45.18,45.28,44.20,50.67,46.51,47.54,48.13,46.73,58.61,55.10,53.40,46.74,47.40,48.53,48.61,47.77,46.08,48.28,47.78
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
47.5327 ms
48.2892 ms
47.9110 ms 9.37 %
45.44,43.27,46.44,45.33,44.50,46.07,48.37,47.42,48.81,47.32,45.16,45.39,48.21,46.66,50.37,52.39,50.68,56.11,48.12,54.06,50.60,45.89,45.64,47.90
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
81.2833 ms
78.1422 ms
79.7127 ms -34.27 %
80.03,79.20,79.28,80.37,81.36,82.62,81.23,81.70,80.96,82.93,82.35,85.13,82.22,81.52,82.26,84.78,85.94,79.83,80.44,79.96,80.05,81.73,79.12,79.79
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 129.5402 ms 129.5402 ms -59.55 %
138.23,136.53,123.95,129.37,127.25,133.53,135.92,135.95,138.47,127.02,138.07,134.42,126.03,127.87,139.36,141.91,131.82,131.41,134.83,143.60,129.14,133.70,132.41,129.54
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
271.5512 ms
26.9142 ms
149.2327 ms -64.89 %
162.65,152.73,157.31,150.41,165.27,141.99,154.16,146.33,143.64,151.31,143.12,160.67,161.70,161.50,162.79,156.47,182.89,163.78,172.62,160.44,162.33,146.41,152.88,143.20
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.