Public recursive name server

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A public recursive name server (also called public DNS resolver) is a name server service that networked computers may use for query to DNS, the decentralized Internet naming system, in place of or in addition to name servers operated by the Internet service provider to which the devices are connected. Reasons for using these services include:

  • speed, compared to using ISP DNS services[1]
  • filtering (security, ad-blocking, porn-blocking, etc.)[2]
  • reporting[3]
  • avoiding censorship[4]
  • redundancy (smart caching)[5]
  • access to unofficial alternative top level domains not found in the official DNS root zone
  • temporary unavailability of the ISP's name server

Public DNS resolver operators often cite increased privacy as an advantage of their services; critics of public DNS services have cited the possibility of mass data collection targeted at the public resolvers as a potential risk of using these services. Several services now support secure DNS lookup transport services such as DNS over HTTPS and DNS over TLS.

Public DNS resolvers are operated either by commercial companies, offering their service for free use to the public, or by private enthusiasts to help spread new technologies and support non-profit communities.

List of public DNS service operators[edit]

Provider Nodes Privacy policy DNS over UDP DNSSEC DNS over TLS DNS over HTTPS DNSCrypt Hostnames IPv4 addresses IPv6 addresses Filters Remarks
AdGuard DNS[6] 12[7] Yes[8] Yes Yes[9] Yes[10] Yes[10] Yes[11] dns.adguard.com[10] 176.103.130.130[12]
176.103.130.131
2a00:5a60::ad1:0ff[12]
2a00:5a60::ad2:0ff
Default[12] A free, privacy-oriented DNS resolution system that blocks tracking, ads and phishing.[13]
dns-family.adguard.com[10] 176.103.130.132[12]

176.103.130.134

2a00:5a60::bad1:0ff[12]

2a00:5a60::bad2:0ff

Family[12]
CleanBrowsing[14] 20 Yes[15] Yes Yes Yes[16] Yes[17] Yes[18] family-filter-dns.cleanbrowsing.org 185.228.168.168
185.228.169.168
2a0d:2a00:1::
2a0d:2a00:2::
Family Designed to be used on devices of kids under 13.
adult-filter-dns.cleanbrowsing.org 185.228.168.10
185.228.169.11
2a0d:2a00:1::1
2a0d:2a00:2::1
Adult
security-filter-dns.cleanbrowsing.org 185.228.168.9
185.228.169.9
2a0d:2a00:1::2
2a0d:2a00:2::2
Security
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1[19] 165[20] Yes[21] Yes Yes[22] Yes[23] Yes[24] No one.one.one.one[25]
1dot1dot1dot1.cloudflare-dns.com
1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
2606:4700:4700::1111
2606:4700:4700::1001
None
dns64.cloudflare-dns.com 2606:4700:4700::64
2606:4700:4700::6400
None Intended to be used with IPv6-only network.[26] See NAT64 and DNS64.
Comodo Secure DNS[27] No Yes No No No Yes ns1.recursive.dnsbycomodo.com
ns2.recursive.dnsbycomodo.com
8.26.56.26
8.20.247.20
CZ.NIC ODVR[28] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No odvr.nic.cz [29] 193.17.47.1
185.43.135.1
2001:148f:ffff::1
2001:148f:fffe::1
None Servers are located in Prague
Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz [30] 2 Yes[31] No Yes Yes Yes No dns.digitale-gesellschaft.ch 185.95.218.42
185.95.218.43
2a05:fc84::42
2a05:fc84::42
None Servers are located in Switzerland
dnscrypt.ca[32] Yes[33] No Yes No No Yes dns1.dnscrypt.ca
dns2.dnscrypt.ca
192.99.183.132
149.56.228.45
2607:5300:60:4aa8::600
2607:5300:120:b9b::200
None Servers located in Beauharnois, Quebec. No query logs.
Dyn DNS[34] Yes[35] Yes Yes No No No resolver1.dyndnsinternetguide.com
resolver2.dyndnsinternetguide.com
216.146.35.35
216.146.36.36
Shut down on May 31, 2020
DNS.SB Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No public-dns-a.dns.sb

public-dns-b.dns.sb

185.222.222.222

185.184.222.222

2a09::

2a09::1

None Planned provider for Chromium 78 DOH experiments [36].
DNS.WATCH[37] No Yes Yes No No No resolver1.dns.watch
resolver2.dns.watch
84.200.69.80
84.200.70.40
2001:1608:10:25::1c04:b12f
2001:1608:10:25::9249:d69b
None
Freenom World[38] Yes Yes Yes No No Yes 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
None present in each global region
Google Public DNS[39] 23[40] Yes[41] Yes Yes Yes Yes[42] No dns.google[43]
google-public-dns-a.google.com
google-public-dns-b.google.com
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
2001:4860:4860::8888
2001:4860:4860::8844
None
2001:4860:4860::6464
2001:4860:4860::64
None Intended to be used on networks with NAT64 gateway.[44]
Neustar DNS Advantage[45] Yes[46] Yes Yes No No No 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
2610:a1:1018::1
2610:a1:1019::1
None
156.154.70.2
156.154.71.2
2610:a1:1018::2
2610:a1:1019::2
Malware, ransomware, spyware, phishing
156.154.70.3
156.154.71.3
2610:a1:1018::3
2610:a1:1019::3
Low security + gambling, pornography, violence, hate
156.154.70.4
156.154.71.4
2610:a1:1018::4
2610:a1:1019::4
Medium security + gaming, adult, drugs, alcohol, anonymous proxies
156.154.70.5
156.154.71.5
2610:a1:1018::5
2610:a1:1019::5
None Will not redirect non-existent domains to a landing page
NextDNS[47] 20 Yes[48] Yes Yes Yes Yes No dns1.nextdns.io

dns2.nextdns.io

45.90.28.0

45.90.30.0

2a07:a8c0::1

2a07:a8c1::1

Configurable User can create configurations to customize blocklist (malware, tracker/adblock, parental control etc.) and other features like ECS, logging level etc.
Norton ConnectSafe[49] Yes[50] Yes No No No No 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
Security (malware, phishing sites and scam sites) Shut down on November 15, 2018[51]
199.85.126.20
199.85.127.20
Security and pornography
199.85.126.30
199.85.127.30
Family-friendly: security, pornography and other objectionable content
OpenDNS[52] 31[53] Yes[54] Yes No No No Yes[55] resolver1.opendns.com
resolver2.opendns.com
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
2620:119:35::35
2620:119:53::53
Basic Security filtering + user defined policies
resolver1-fs.opendns.com
resolver2-fs.opendns.com
208.67.222.123
208.67.220.123
"FamilyShield": adult content
resolver1.ipv6-sandbox.opendns.com
resolver2.ipv6-sandbox.opendns.com
2620:0:ccc::2
2620:0:ccd::2
None Sandbox addresses which provide no filtering
OpenNIC[56] Yes[57] Yes No No No Partial[58] Several [59] 185.121.177.177
169.239.202.202
2a05:dfc7:5::53
2a05:dfc7:5::5353
List of all OpenNIC Tier 2 DNS Resolvers
Quad9[60] 137[61] Yes[62] Yes Yes[63] Yes[64] Yes[65] Yes[66] dns.quad9.net
rpz-public-resolver1.rrdns.pch.net
9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
2620:fe::fe
2620:fe::9
Malicious domains (phishing, malware, exploit kit domains)
No[67] dns-nosec.quad9.net 9.9.9.10
149.112.112.10
2620:fe::10
2620:fe::fe:10
None
SafeDNS[68] Yes Yes No No No No dns1.safedns.com
dns2.safedns.com
195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
Malicious, phishing domains + user defined policies
UncensoredDNS[69] No Yes Yes Yes[70] No No anycast.censurfridns.dk
unicast.censurfridns.dk
91.239.100.100
89.233.43.71
2001:67c:28a4::
2a01:3a0:53:53::
None Hosted in Denmark, servers listen to ports 53 and 5353
VeriSign Public DNS[71] Yes[72] Yes Yes[73] No No No recpubns1.nstld.net
recpubns2.nstld.net
64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
2620:74:1b::1:1
2620:74:1c::2:2
None
Yandex.DNS[74] Yes[75] Yes No No No Yes dns.yandex.ru
secondary.dns.yandex.ru
77.88.8.1
77.88.8.8
2a02:6b8::feed:0ff
2a02:6b8:0:1::feed:0ff
None
safe.dns.yandex.ru
secondary.safe.dns.yandex.ru
77.88.8.2
77.88.8.88
2a02:6b8::feed:bad
2a02:6b8:0:1::feed:bad
"Safe": fraudulent / infected / bot sites
family.dns.yandex.ru
secondary.family.dns.yandex.ru
77.88.8.3
77.88.8.7
2a02:6b8::feed:a11
2a02:6b8:0:1::feed:a11
"Family": fraudulent / infected / bot / adult sites

References[edit]

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  8. ^ AdGuard DNS Privacy Notice
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  19. ^ "1.1.1.1 — the Internet's Fastest, Privacy-First DNS Resolver".
  20. ^ Cloudflare: Our Anycast Network Map
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  26. ^ Supporting IPv6-only Networks
  27. ^ Comodo Secure DNS, Managed DNS Service, Secure DNS Provider
  28. ^ CZ.NIC Open DNSSEC Validating Resolvers
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  30. ^ Öffentliche DNS-over-TLS- und HTTPS-DNS-Resolver
  31. ^ "Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz: DNS Privacy Notice".
  32. ^ dnscrypt.ca
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  34. ^ "Surf faster with Dyn's Recursive DNS". dyn.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  35. ^ "Oracle's Privacy Policy". dyn.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  36. ^ "Chromium DNS over HTTPS". Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  37. ^ "DNS.WATCH". dns.watch. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  38. ^ Freenom World
  39. ^ Google Public DNS
  40. ^ Google Public DNS: Where are your servers currently located?
  41. ^ Google Public DNS: Your Privacy
  42. ^ Google Public DNS: DNS-over-HTTPS
  43. ^ "Get Started | Public DNS".
  44. ^ Google Public DNS64
  45. ^ "Recursive DNS on the Global Anycast Network | Neustar". security.neustar. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  46. ^ "Privacy Policy | Neustar". home.neustar.
  47. ^ NextDNS
  48. ^ "Privacy Policy ― NextDNS". nextdns.io. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  49. ^ Norton ConnectSafe
  50. ^ Norton ConnectSafe Privacy Notice
  51. ^ "Norton ConnectSafe". connectsafe.norton.com. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  52. ^ Cloud Delivered Enterprise Security by OpenDNS
  53. ^ OpenDNS: Data Center Locations
  54. ^ Cisco Online Privacy Statement
  55. ^ OpenDNS and DNSCrypt
  56. ^ OpenNIC Project
  57. ^ OpenNIC: Privacy Policy
  58. ^ OpenNIC: DNSCrypt
  59. ^ OpenNIC Tier 2 DNS Resolvers
  60. ^ Quad9 DNS: Internet Security and Privacy in a Few Easy Steps
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  62. ^ Quad9: Privacy, Data Collection and Use Policy
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  64. ^ Quad9 Frequently Asked Questions
  65. ^ DoH with Quad9 DNS Servers
  66. ^ Quad9 DNSCrypt Now In Testing
  67. ^ Quad9 FAQ: Is there a service that Quad9 offers that does not have the blocklist or other security?
  68. ^ SafeDNS
  69. ^ UncensoredDNS
  70. ^ DNS over TLS Pubkey Pinning Info for unicast.uncensoreddns.org
  71. ^ Verisign Public DNS
  72. ^ Verisign Public DNS Terms of Service
  73. ^ Verisign Public DNS Forum: employee post
  74. ^ Yandex.DNS
  75. ^ Terms of use of the Yandex.DNS service

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