You don’t want to run your own DNS servers? Never fear! There are some great options for free DNS providers. Below in alphabetical order are of some of the free DNS providers that I have used in the past, or currently still do.

1984

  • 4 DNS servers in Europe
  • Available on IPv4 only.
  • Allows other secondary slaves

ClouDNS

  • 4 DNS Servers
  • Available on IPv4 and IPv6.
  • 3 DNS zones & unlimited records

deSEC

  • 2 DNS server hostnames that are Anycast.
  • Available on IPv4 and IPv6.

DNSManager

  • 4 DNS servers in Europe.
  • Available on IPv4 and IPv6.

Hurricane Electric

  • 5 DNS servers that are anycast in multiple locations USA, Europe, Asia.
  • Available on IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Note: You must delegate your domain to them before you can add your domain.

Namecheap

  • 5 DNS server hostnames which resolve to many IP addresses in USA and Europe.
  • Available on IPv4 only.

NS1

  • 4 DNS server hostnames that are anycast in 18+ locations around the world.
  • Available on IPv4 only.
  • 50 Records & 500k queries included in free account.
  • Allows other secondary slaves

Zoneedit

  • 2 DNS server hostnames in the USA
  • Available on IPv4 only.
  • 1 to 5 free zones available.

I try and keep this list regularly updated, please let me know if you have a suggested update.

If you already run your own DNS server and just want a secondary DNS service, I also have a page listing free Secondary DNS providers.