Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 01:00 CET

Based on 78446 DNS queries

Average query time 39.9693 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
17.7484 ms
19.9740 ms
18.8612 ms 111.91 %
18.22,18.67,18.64,17.94,18.56,18.16,20.57,18.19,18.23,19.61,18.56,19.79,19.12,17.85,18.95,17.66,26.37,17.02,22.24,18.41,19.48,18.56,19.01,18.81
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 19.8492 ms 19.8492 ms 101.37 %
13.95,19.14,18.56,16.61,15.75,14.33,14.22,17.64,15.52,14.09,17.05,15.60,16.68,17.68,17.33,15.46,13.85,19.36,16.92,15.69,16.38,15.26,18.35,19.85
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 28.5213 ms 28.5213 ms 40.14 %
23.61,23.21,26.44,25.67,24.76,24.62,26.03,26.66,26.19,22.81,24.98,24.75,25.34,29.96,26.66,26.71,25.34,24.54,27.69,25.83,29.03,28.78,26.53,28.52
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
27.6639 ms
29.8977 ms
28.7808 ms 38.87 %
27.04,27.46,28.09,28.67,28.90,28.94,25.35,25.97,26.40,24.60,26.54,23.58,26.02,26.76,26.55,25.28,26.66,29.10,23.94,26.29,26.73,26.93,26.52,28.77
Dyn 216.146.35.35 36.0118 ms 36.0118 ms 10.99 %
32.94,35.79,34.06,36.11,40.60,33.65,39.16,40.58,34.48,37.62,39.08,35.33,36.32,34.95,37.80,36.42,33.47,38.50,35.51,34.78,35.38,35.47,32.89,36.01
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
36.8411 ms
36.1261 ms
36.4836 ms 9.55 %
38.60,38.40,38.63,38.07,38.19,38.70,36.89,37.90,39.33,37.86,38.14,39.09,39.27,40.31,38.19,37.25,38.49,37.45,37.46,38.31,37.06,37.48,37.91,36.47
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
43.9912 ms
36.1108 ms
40.0510 ms -0.20 %
39.38,39.40,38.14,39.38,39.02,39.01,39.27,38.18,39.04,38.80,38.37,40.27,39.56,39.62,39.79,39.84,39.50,38.89,38.03,38.95,39.78,39.69,39.48,39.83
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
49.4030 ms
31.6638 ms
40.5334 ms -1.39 %
35.90,35.81,34.60,36.34,36.29,33.38,34.17,34.81,36.94,37.12,39.47,37.44,37.85,39.20,39.40,37.60,36.77,39.17,39.34,41.14,38.51,40.09,37.53,40.52
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
41.1362 ms
40.4586 ms
40.7974 ms -2.03 %
39.55,39.27,41.27,40.55,40.38,40.34,38.81,38.96,39.25,38.41,40.01,39.82,40.29,39.77,39.72,38.15,40.69,39.80,39.37,40.55,40.91,40.61,39.63,40.80
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
43.1279 ms
42.8161 ms
42.9720 ms -6.99 %
44.32,46.30,45.67,46.97,45.18,42.94,42.76,43.09,43.08,44.58,45.34,43.91,43.35,44.73,42.17,44.20,42.85,45.39,43.55,42.40,42.77,44.32,43.36,42.97
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

44.0231 ms
44.0231 ms -9.21 %
45.24,37.92,32.56,34.71,37.85,41.23,41.15,51.57,37.82,38.26,43.23,38.87,45.71,40.65,37.87,45.90,39.60,42.18,32.67,47.34,40.76,41.08,37.38,44.02
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
46.4231 ms
43.8628 ms
45.1430 ms -11.46 %
43.02,43.20,44.70,45.53,43.12,46.52,44.78,44.55,44.50,44.30,43.43,43.84,45.24,44.29,44.82,47.51,46.51,43.77,46.00,45.22,45.53,45.38,44.65,45.12
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
48.4273 ms
42.2712 ms
45.3492 ms -11.86 %
43.14,47.35,46.26,45.28,43.67,44.51,44.27,43.59,42.46,42.80,41.94,42.45,43.93,46.35,45.26,43.86,42.99,43.77,43.99,44.46,44.34,45.23,45.36,45.04
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
78.9254 ms
79.9901 ms
79.4578 ms -49.70 %
80.29,79.27,79.81,82.30,79.58,78.74,79.76,80.46,78.62,78.90,82.01,78.33,78.76,81.76,83.84,80.23,77.66,78.94,85.68,79.58,86.32,81.72,83.49,79.43
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.