Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 03:00 CET

Based on 53229 DNS queries

Average query time 51.5142 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
19.0642 ms
20.2467 ms
19.6555 ms 162.09 %
19.02,18.90,20.24,19.43,19.02,19.09,18.97,20.56,21.21,21.07,20.34,20.72,21.56,22.12,22.50,22.12,23.25,21.92,20.41,20.87,18.59,20.07,18.82,19.64
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 23.1932 ms 23.1932 ms 122.11 %
23.20,22.41,25.54,23.02,24.16,23.44,23.53,22.38,24.83,27.07,25.15,23.92,26.43,27.43,24.68,24.98,25.98,26.08,24.04,24.58,22.79,23.45,23.45,23.19
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 23.4318 ms 23.4318 ms 119.85 %
31.99,21.91,21.06,15.66,21.26,20.63,19.77,22.41,26.68,29.69,25.08,20.14,22.97,26.68,32.28,25.67,30.94,28.54,28.88,25.37,29.75,23.54,26.89,23.43
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
32.9680 ms
29.2355 ms
31.1018 ms 65.63 %
26.00,29.72,24.84,27.28,26.94,26.26,26.83,26.40,27.80,29.21,29.42,28.93,27.96,32.29,33.54,31.53,29.91,30.39,27.00,30.94,27.14,29.26,29.46,30.99
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
36.0426 ms
36.1413 ms
36.0919 ms 42.73 %
39.98,36.76,36.32,35.99,36.33,36.82,36.62,36.56,37.03,35.47,37.48,37.00,38.56,37.31,37.95,36.40,38.24,37.90,36.59,36.32,35.46,37.11,37.67,36.09
Dyn 216.146.35.35 38.1227 ms 38.1227 ms 35.13 %
41.36,38.01,41.45,36.99,38.01,41.16,40.24,39.73,37.09,37.91,42.33,39.06,39.10,38.34,43.43,40.46,47.66,41.37,40.38,40.72,37.29,36.68,34.92,38.12
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

43.1139 ms
43.1139 ms 19.48 %
48.96,37.32,38.65,41.43,41.72,34.88,40.08,44.04,33.80,35.09,40.56,37.25,34.35,38.61,42.03,42.44,40.17,41.78,37.48,50.07,38.23,43.45,47.41,43.11
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
43.5890 ms
44.8615 ms
44.2253 ms 16.48 %
44.79,46.56,45.84,44.62,45.28,44.02,46.25,45.23,45.28,44.70,46.97,46.49,44.49,45.67,45.57,46.55,46.34,46.81,45.95,45.73,46.33,46.38,45.06,44.25
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
43.6934 ms
46.6816 ms
45.1875 ms 14.00 %
43.92,43.23,44.36,45.18,44.62,44.16,44.26,44.18,46.13,43.37,47.48,44.22,43.37,45.54,42.53,42.71,45.90,44.72,43.69,42.98,43.26,43.61,45.55,45.17
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
48.4315 ms
42.1054 ms
45.2684 ms 13.80 %
48.96,46.34,44.93,46.91,44.34,45.83,45.46,46.56,44.39,48.83,52.52,49.23,51.75,46.31,46.66,48.12,48.02,48.33,46.89,47.93,45.33,44.91,46.54,45.58
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
48.1809 ms
44.4331 ms
46.3070 ms 11.25 %
50.02,48.19,47.37,47.98,46.64,47.41,46.54,48.58,49.61,49.84,47.07,51.68,47.77,48.78,50.70,47.91,47.50,48.62,46.73,48.00,47.91,48.80,47.02,46.31
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
47.0283 ms
51.7278 ms
49.3780 ms 4.33 %
51.93,50.43,47.36,47.47,47.77,49.73,50.71,50.05,44.97,47.76,51.29,51.20,48.78,53.20,54.28,49.41,46.79,49.77,50.52,48.01,47.41,47.61,47.37,49.40
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
79.6508 ms
76.7573 ms
78.2040 ms -34.13 %
288.22,80.66,78.95,78.49,78.50,77.53,78.47,80.34,81.57,80.34,81.70,83.16,81.08,80.95,81.22,84.83,88.57,94.65,83.93,79.19,82.80,79.51,78.62,78.03
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
270.7241 ms
27.2938 ms
149.0089 ms -65.43 %
156.79,149.40,150.41,136.07,136.61,146.22,134.51,148.76,141.72,134.40,132.12,146.33,141.43,137.72,147.07,146.89,146.65,149.03,145.34,145.45,143.86,141.11,139.73,157.49
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.