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 73426 DNS queries

Average query time 42.7852 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
14.1167 ms
17.5194 ms
15.8181 ms 170.48 %
11.49,13.92,13.34,11.59,11.17,11.66,18.66,21.33,21.13,18.93,11.49,11.92,11.17,11.39,12.56,10.91,10.89,12.19,12.61,12.01,13.21,12.13,12.62,15.90
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 20.6863 ms 20.6863 ms 106.83 %
20.84,20.26,22.90,22.39,22.04,23.09,26.14,21.44,24.87,22.82,21.76,26.10,26.02,21.76,24.38,20.77,23.50,19.79,23.41,29.42,23.42,20.63,25.13,20.69
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
25.2525 ms
26.4408 ms
25.8467 ms 65.53 %
25.44,23.35,27.03,23.91,26.38,26.20,27.65,25.83,24.87,28.35,26.03,24.09,23.83,35.25,28.42,28.45,24.17,24.51,23.01,22.10,26.11,26.14,24.55,25.80
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 26.5797 ms 26.5797 ms 60.97 %
24.58,23.47,23.22,23.09,23.43,23.17,25.30,28.14,26.58,29.69,25.09,25.42,24.37,32.80,25.74,22.35,22.89,22.52,24.00,23.93,28.71,26.57,23.24,26.58
Dyn 216.146.35.35 32.5364 ms 32.5364 ms 31.50 %
33.10,32.53,31.81,29.42,29.86,32.43,32.72,30.93,30.53,32.67,31.22,35.92,33.01,33.42,35.38,33.44,33.71,30.04,30.78,34.57,32.04,31.65,30.53,32.54
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
37.9271 ms
38.4323 ms
38.1797 ms 12.06 %
36.47,36.49,36.52,37.77,36.73,36.11,36.32,37.90,36.61,37.22,36.96,37.65,38.16,37.54,39.31,36.39,34.96,36.33,40.46,35.12,37.89,37.81,36.71,38.18
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

43.2218 ms
43.2218 ms -1.01 %
45.75,53.53,33.21,40.86,45.22,37.23,38.82,33.60,33.50,40.79,36.88,43.86,34.45,37.60,46.19,41.41,37.47,38.35,41.79,45.40,40.55,44.14,39.44,43.22
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
47.1203 ms
41.1881 ms
44.1542 ms -3.10 %
44.45,45.61,44.61,45.06,44.32,43.86,44.40,44.90,44.09,43.99,44.67,51.03,44.55,44.57,44.65,43.67,44.71,44.15,43.43,44.97,45.16,44.95,46.28,44.32
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
52.6754 ms
38.9795 ms
45.8274 ms -6.64 %
45.59,43.58,43.86,43.68,43.47,46.34,45.16,43.42,45.51,44.62,45.10,43.92,43.09,44.39,43.79,44.19,46.45,42.87,44.06,43.86,45.78,41.82,45.34,45.33
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
49.5745 ms
44.3603 ms
46.9674 ms -8.90 %
48.51,46.41,43.84,43.32,44.34,45.73,45.64,44.35,44.08,44.57,44.41,44.55,42.82,45.21,45.01,44.35,47.56,45.56,43.62,43.81,44.87,46.76,47.07,47.12
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
47.5838 ms
49.8495 ms
48.7166 ms -12.18 %
45.48,44.77,46.05,45.46,45.02,45.63,46.62,48.05,46.41,45.14,46.01,46.87,46.44,44.79,48.59,47.64,46.01,45.51,45.28,45.87,47.49,45.42,49.78,48.73
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
51.2774 ms
50.4075 ms
50.8425 ms -15.85 %
45.33,46.62,45.42,45.90,46.86,47.12,46.31,46.83,47.63,47.70,48.68,49.94,49.00,51.00,50.19,47.51,49.24,47.07,47.54,49.20,49.03,52.02,51.02,50.89
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
53.2807 ms
51.1148 ms
52.1977 ms -18.03 %
51.14,50.49,51.47,50.98,50.35,53.69,52.11,53.11,50.32,52.46,50.18,50.66,50.54,51.97,49.42,48.00,46.55,47.12,48.68,45.13,49.07,50.69,49.96,52.17
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
81.5434 ms
80.7753 ms
81.1594 ms -47.28 %
77.72,77.82,77.16,76.32,76.72,76.67,78.92,77.40,75.56,76.36,78.31,79.18,80.11,78.94,82.25,79.42,79.00,78.52,78.81,80.09,80.01,80.15,80.50,81.17
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.