Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 21:00 CET

Based on 48576 DNS queries

Average query time 68.0847 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 19.7336 ms 19.7336 ms 245.02 %
25.79,23.47,20.73,30.30,22.98,20.58,21.44,26.27,24.20,16.73,16.73,19.13,19.60,18.00,33.49,27.56,23.09,24.87,20.75,29.65,19.43,24.19,23.92,19.73
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
22.3901 ms
20.0493 ms
21.2197 ms 220.86 %
20.97,21.85,20.12,23.99,20.11,19.94,18.66,17.16,18.44,18.20,19.37,17.71,17.19,18.78,20.85,26.93,33.92,23.03,21.01,24.20,21.36,21.02,20.92,21.22
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
23.9532 ms
22.0536 ms
23.0034 ms 195.98 %
26.39,26.92,27.15,34.27,28.43,25.03,24.34,26.90,28.14,25.24,24.63,23.59,25.83,26.19,28.01,29.77,25.00,25.55,25.82,29.63,24.04,24.03,23.87,23.00
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 26.4045 ms 26.4045 ms 157.85 %
25.26,23.71,24.48,27.32,23.32,24.18,23.91,23.56,26.52,22.88,25.73,25.41,23.23,23.64,29.62,25.76,22.71,26.86,27.23,26.15,23.46,28.76,25.60,26.40
Dyn 216.146.35.35 34.7599 ms 34.7599 ms 95.87 %
35.77,36.72,37.73,35.55,34.26,35.73,36.75,32.97,34.78,40.30,35.12,35.67,36.91,35.27,36.85,35.58,40.57,36.01,37.30,35.93,33.40,36.06,36.85,34.76
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
38.3521 ms
37.0274 ms
37.6898 ms 80.65 %
36.24,36.19,35.34,35.24,36.45,35.27,39.69,36.41,36.00,36.75,36.62,35.28,35.50,35.84,35.73,36.02,39.04,37.18,37.68,35.72,40.34,38.23,37.72,37.70
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
49.3312 ms
40.8554 ms
45.0933 ms 50.99 %
50.40,46.99,44.02,45.34,44.03,44.69,50.69,45.17,46.16,45.33,43.83,46.49,44.66,44.56,44.29,44.96,45.46,46.88,46.32,44.64,44.68,45.35,45.33,44.87
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.5257 ms
44.5754 ms
45.5505 ms 49.47 %
47.94,46.62,46.46,46.40,44.42,45.04,45.82,46.00,46.29,45.58,44.83,45.80,45.70,44.62,47.45,47.38,84.81,48.74,46.17,45.99,49.22,47.53,45.48,45.57
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
51.0782 ms
44.8506 ms
47.9644 ms 41.95 %
45.50,44.95,46.43,46.26,43.56,44.38,46.17,43.95,43.50,43.90,43.18,43.16,45.58,44.76,45.42,46.77,46.11,46.36,45.83,47.97,45.56,46.07,45.25,47.91
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
48.4837 ms
47.9708 ms
48.2272 ms 41.17 %
45.83,45.59,46.44,46.43,49.33,45.06,47.15,45.65,47.59,45.32,47.17,46.76,46.86,46.23,48.96,53.18,46.20,46.85,47.09,48.09,47.04,47.75,45.82,48.22
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
50.8243 ms
46.4913 ms
48.6578 ms 39.93 %
46.36,45.11,46.36,43.76,43.47,43.14,44.12,45.18,43.68,44.11,43.34,44.34,42.38,43.02,44.74,45.44,44.16,44.94,46.47,41.87,45.75,46.85,48.24,48.77
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

53.8251 ms
53.8251 ms 26.49 %
54.10,37.06,36.60,43.70,43.32,47.93,38.21,39.53,37.00,29.94,34.36,43.07,37.25,45.85,50.28,41.50,38.10,48.77,43.92,34.52,43.04,54.62,40.00,53.83
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
246.8376 ms
31.4689 ms
139.1533 ms -51.07 %
130.46,139.01,139.30,141.91,138.19,150.83,147.02,135.93,143.24,124.51,129.14,134.77,133.90,132.11,142.34,135.88,138.39,141.82,140.70,133.68,145.19,143.03,134.95,134.74
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
296.4352 ms
307.7279 ms
302.0815 ms -77.46 %
83.03,79.63,79.14,59.11,78.02,78.08,78.81,76.81,78.33,77.51,78.85,80.07,80.28,82.04,88.33,83.39,81.95,87.52,183.76,316.07,288.82,283.58,284.66,301.93
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.