Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 04:00 CET

Based on 40806 DNS queries

Average query time 66.9801 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
16.8861 ms
16.5998 ms
16.7430 ms 300.05 %
14.98,15.88,16.60,15.35,16.60,16.04,14.75,14.76,16.66,17.86,18.75,17.41,19.72,17.65,15.01,16.63,17.05,15.92,15.64,19.62,17.18,16.61,15.46,16.73
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 20.2654 ms 20.2654 ms 230.52 %
25.43,30.69,27.24,22.83,28.57,29.01,27.70,24.03,22.08,24.60,26.18,25.35,20.95,17.20,16.65,22.27,25.21,19.58,19.78,24.20,19.76,24.25,23.16,20.27
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 25.5869 ms 25.5869 ms 161.77 %
24.15,26.72,24.14,26.08,24.41,26.17,25.20,26.74,25.78,25.92,28.07,28.06,184.02,556.58,747.94,692.04,608.95,121.55,25.45,31.15,36.19,25.15,29.45,25.59
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
25.7483 ms
26.9733 ms
26.3608 ms 154.09 %
25.65,23.42,21.94,25.60,28.16,20.97,17.99,27.51,21.67,22.65,24.41,20.90,22.43,23.88,23.22,27.18,25.96,26.05,24.03,25.40,26.82,25.65,31.16,26.37
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
30.5168 ms
29.3253 ms
29.9210 ms 123.86 %
28.66,27.60,30.70,27.89,29.58,27.59,60.38,61.27,115.41,42.14,34.53,29.42,31.22,29.90,29.90,29.42,31.19,28.29,29.08,30.23,33.93,29.12,33.05,29.87
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

32.5126 ms
32.5126 ms 106.01 %
44.59,32.70,36.05,33.54,38.76,31.62,50.14,39.74,33.79,67.32,37.81,38.92,39.20,42.51,46.12,43.30,41.96,57.83,40.25,50.58,37.39,35.83,32.29,32.51
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
34.4691 ms
32.9191 ms
33.6941 ms 98.79 %
35.00,42.53,123.14,382.50,1012.52,1009.75,1052.31,898.20,905.07,509.53,327.46,355.56,260.92,202.48,170.21,142.62,128.71,90.35,68.48,43.63,40.22,44.71,36.67,33.72
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
43.2219 ms
41.4104 ms
42.3162 ms 58.28 %
43.16,41.57,43.01,42.86,41.41,45.00,42.88,40.37,42.47,43.19,41.72,42.03,44.07,45.06,44.17,43.42,45.32,46.40,48.12,41.17,41.95,44.62,43.92,42.36
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
44.3103 ms
46.9319 ms
45.6211 ms 46.82 %
52.28,46.11,46.24,47.80,50.64,48.14,44.83,46.40,48.08,46.77,49.51,48.38,48.50,45.23,45.99,46.44,50.76,49.18,47.50,49.56,46.48,46.78,46.34,45.52
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
51.5511 ms
48.5840 ms
50.0675 ms 33.78 %
55.72,52.20,54.87,54.57,51.68,50.25,52.18,48.95,51.27,55.80,57.79,54.20,52.83,53.69,53.03,54.23,53.54,54.57,52.52,48.65,52.96,69.52,52.21,50.07
Dyn 216.146.35.35 50.0801 ms 50.0801 ms 33.75 %
47.64,46.54,48.50,53.24,46.88,46.48,42.46,44.65,46.92,43.48,44.97,44.68,45.78,44.29,44.32,45.46,47.13,45.54,45.65,45.76,45.98,47.47,46.01,50.08
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
56.1918 ms
44.9622 ms
50.5770 ms 32.43 %
52.41,54.85,53.22,55.89,49.24,49.65,50.12,56.21,49.93,53.99,55.04,50.81,51.71,52.20,51.10,47.81,53.36,54.20,52.15,50.16,50.59,48.29,55.28,50.77
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
234.1729 ms
37.3253 ms
135.7491 ms -50.66 %
138.02,170.46,176.86,178.33,167.90,155.11,180.33,160.46,173.35,172.26,163.09,163.47,141.88,144.26,150.79,139.31,155.44,147.97,140.61,134.55,135.20,126.12,140.07,142.00
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
291.4687 ms
266.7037 ms
279.0862 ms -76.00 %
268.31,258.44,257.57,287.11,342.65,343.36,317.98,304.90,298.06,332.00,321.82,294.16,293.11,300.87,308.26,323.70,293.92,361.11,324.62,284.55,264.70,269.75,257.35,279.45
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.