Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 17:00 CET

Based on 58178 DNS queries

Average query time 55.9182 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
19.1316 ms
21.1302 ms
20.1309 ms 177.77 %
28.63,26.57,24.53,28.48,26.49,23.79,23.06,18.95,20.31,18.75,18.85,18.73,23.52,19.41,19.87,19.57,24.01,21.59,18.10,24.33,19.39,21.25,20.30,20.07
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 21.6832 ms 21.6832 ms 157.89 %
16.01,20.53,15.94,13.07,14.31,13.31,15.26,18.09,12.25,12.34,19.87,14.72,15.31,14.40,15.64,15.68,19.92,17.92,16.66,16.50,18.92,16.86,23.27,21.68
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
25.6217 ms
25.5934 ms
25.6076 ms 118.37 %
31.22,37.21,25.36,26.79,27.18,23.59,27.27,28.38,25.85,27.26,28.61,29.55,29.36,24.90,26.78,24.84,23.84,25.59,25.34,24.01,25.82,24.44,26.23,25.61
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 27.3893 ms 27.3893 ms 104.16 %
32.44,28.17,28.17,30.24,28.92,26.65,26.35,27.05,26.12,26.20,30.06,24.56,26.86,28.96,28.76,29.04,28.86,27.55,29.47,28.91,27.24,26.39,27.75,27.39
Dyn 216.146.35.35 35.0264 ms 35.0264 ms 59.65 %
34.16,35.18,36.21,33.05,37.03,36.51,36.07,35.66,31.66,33.95,32.09,34.71,33.92,33.91,33.82,35.92,35.17,33.21,32.93,31.95,33.03,33.78,32.13,35.03
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
36.8943 ms
37.1032 ms
36.9987 ms 51.14 %
40.48,39.18,37.67,37.91,38.16,37.60,38.84,36.74,37.08,38.00,37.43,37.63,38.20,36.98,36.65,36.87,37.59,36.49,36.69,36.60,37.80,37.58,36.15,37.00
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
38.7924 ms
39.5646 ms
39.1785 ms 42.73 %
39.90,38.02,40.63,37.99,39.11,39.03,40.47,37.68,37.11,38.05,39.07,38.96,38.46,38.30,40.50,39.69,38.72,40.81,39.93,39.05,39.13,39.59,39.47,39.16
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
46.8962 ms
36.9663 ms
41.9313 ms 33.36 %
43.94,42.39,41.79,42.97,43.27,41.80,41.05,40.03,42.42,41.41,41.20,39.98,42.13,41.59,40.41,39.97,41.15,41.29,40.67,41.34,40.66,41.56,40.18,42.04
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

42.2391 ms
42.2391 ms 32.38 %
54.35,62.67,46.13,60.23,56.98,54.82,38.95,51.60,43.13,40.14,36.87,33.33,44.60,41.36,44.94,40.24,40.34,35.22,41.69,44.70,52.48,44.34,45.03,42.24
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
50.9498 ms
38.6361 ms
44.7929 ms 24.84 %
50.24,49.09,45.80,52.77,47.69,47.96,49.17,47.14,46.47,45.60,51.33,48.10,47.60,47.72,50.93,47.82,47.02,46.01,46.22,47.80,49.19,49.33,48.65,44.76
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
46.2870 ms
44.6693 ms
45.4782 ms 22.96 %
46.36,48.49,43.32,45.02,43.67,47.15,47.48,45.50,43.32,45.20,45.08,47.40,45.28,46.92,47.41,45.42,46.10,45.24,43.82,44.02,43.01,43.29,46.37,45.47
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
52.1008 ms
39.5969 ms
45.8489 ms 21.96 %
47.40,47.85,49.75,47.79,48.90,47.46,46.99,50.16,49.35,47.66,53.61,50.06,47.48,46.85,45.74,46.52,47.29,47.30,45.42,44.14,47.11,44.45,45.87,46.14
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
85.6703 ms
81.3364 ms
83.5034 ms -33.03 %
85.12,84.64,83.56,83.46,87.18,82.12,82.38,82.58,80.26,83.63,80.92,80.70,80.95,81.86,83.10,82.36,83.63,82.90,82.29,85.54,83.63,86.01,84.53,83.53
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 130.8819 ms 130.8819 ms -57.28 %
139.73,131.17,132.56,138.47,135.29,133.04,135.20,138.37,131.49,127.75,129.09,125.78,132.90,135.30,137.89,127.12,129.92,139.58,137.65,135.99,141.97,131.37,132.54,130.88
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
341.2313 ms
28.6477 ms
184.9395 ms -69.76 %
143.01,144.01,144.25,148.07,148.71,140.99,142.30,173.13,161.72,147.91,148.32,171.20,157.55,161.48,155.12,146.94,165.68,154.27,155.96,158.76,149.42,164.27,167.48,188.44
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 [primary server] (91.239.100.100).

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.