Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 06:00 CET

Based on 66249 DNS queries

Average query time 48.8312 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
17.0089 ms
19.8543 ms
18.4316 ms 164.93 %
17.68,19.05,18.61,19.03,19.44,18.32,23.15,19.56,20.46,18.17,18.95,20.82,22.28,21.01,23.62,20.97,21.85,20.12,23.99,20.11,19.94,18.66,17.16,18.44
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 24.2027 ms 24.2027 ms 101.76 %
19.82,20.70,19.36,20.52,23.86,30.17,22.41,28.38,26.16,28.48,25.52,23.89,16.77,18.77,21.02,25.79,23.47,20.73,30.30,22.98,20.58,21.44,26.27,24.20
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 26.5181 ms 26.5181 ms 84.14 %
24.99,25.42,27.77,23.51,21.61,24.21,31.77,31.64,25.19,25.32,27.00,26.85,25.68,31.86,27.59,25.26,23.71,24.48,27.32,23.32,24.18,23.91,23.56,26.52
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
31.3803 ms
24.7725 ms
28.0764 ms 73.92 %
24.01,25.11,25.72,27.73,26.46,24.71,25.93,25.67,23.59,26.79,24.80,32.07,30.46,27.34,25.51,26.39,26.92,27.15,34.27,28.43,25.03,24.34,26.90,28.14
Dyn 216.146.35.35 34.7776 ms 34.7776 ms 40.41 %
41.18,48.20,44.65,41.57,42.53,38.23,36.26,34.58,39.33,33.89,44.02,43.10,34.40,39.40,39.91,35.77,36.72,37.73,35.55,34.26,35.73,36.75,32.97,34.78
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
35.6182 ms
36.4092 ms
36.0137 ms 35.59 %
37.63,36.75,37.43,37.64,36.09,39.16,37.08,35.60,36.75,38.13,37.37,35.27,36.90,36.98,36.11,36.24,36.19,35.34,35.24,36.45,35.27,39.69,36.41,36.00
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

36.9956 ms
36.9956 ms 31.99 %
41.04,48.20,45.32,38.93,40.24,46.23,43.44,50.68,37.18,39.60,51.92,42.62,42.86,54.83,43.31,54.10,37.06,36.60,43.70,43.32,47.93,38.21,39.53,37.00
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
47.3828 ms
39.2180 ms
43.3004 ms 12.77 %
43.27,44.29,44.09,43.95,45.07,46.32,46.98,48.46,47.68,45.90,48.12,46.02,46.71,45.75,47.60,45.50,44.95,46.43,46.26,43.56,44.38,46.17,43.95,43.50
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
44.0788 ms
43.2887 ms
43.6837 ms 11.78 %
44.10,44.75,43.62,44.40,44.49,43.62,42.91,43.72,41.93,42.36,42.94,45.62,46.52,44.60,46.67,46.36,45.11,46.36,43.76,43.47,43.14,44.12,45.18,43.68
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
46.8249 ms
45.4064 ms
46.1156 ms 5.89 %
45.82,44.80,45.52,44.57,46.23,49.36,45.82,44.72,47.25,45.42,48.43,47.78,47.35,46.24,47.34,50.40,46.99,44.02,45.34,44.03,44.69,50.69,45.17,46.16
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.3776 ms
46.1824 ms
46.2800 ms 5.51 %
44.23,46.61,45.83,45.50,45.54,45.08,44.54,46.25,45.28,44.80,46.29,46.21,46.09,47.36,46.76,47.94,46.62,46.46,46.40,44.42,45.04,45.82,46.00,46.29
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
48.4401 ms
46.7169 ms
47.5785 ms 2.63 %
46.99,46.46,46.34,45.82,44.74,46.32,44.80,48.09,46.41,46.99,46.45,46.21,44.89,50.00,46.39,45.83,45.59,46.44,46.43,49.33,45.06,47.15,45.65,47.59
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
79.0827 ms
77.4970 ms
78.2899 ms -37.63 %
78.90,81.44,87.38,81.83,68.24,68.99,117.16,93.20,96.29,90.82,94.58,90.56,91.01,86.39,84.16,83.03,79.63,79.14,59.11,78.02,78.08,78.81,76.81,78.33
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
254.7714 ms
26.6301 ms
140.7008 ms -65.29 %
135.03,141.17,142.28,145.40,133.83,135.00,139.04,146.79,145.16,139.87,129.25,143.24,138.61,137.11,138.24,130.46,139.01,139.30,141.91,138.19,150.83,147.02,135.93,143.24
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.