Upstream DNS Providers
The Pi-hole setup offers 8 options for an upstream DNS provider during the initial setup.
Google OpenDNS Level3 Comodo DNS.WATCH Quad9 CloudFlare DNS Custom
During the pi-hole installation, you select 1 of the 7 preset providers or enter one of your own. Below you can find more information on each of the DNS providers, along with some additional providers which have different kinds of extra filtering options (spam, phishing, adult content, etc).
Default upstream DNS provider on the Pi-hole.
OpenDNS Home (owned by Cisco)¶
Built-in features include a phishing filter, this is the OpenDNS version the Pi-hole would use if you select it during setup.
- 2620:119:35::35 (IPv6)
- 2620:119:53::53 (IPv6)
OpenDNS also provides the OpenDNS FamilyShield (free)- option. The service blocks pornographic content, including our “Pornography,” “Tasteless,” and “Sexuality” categories, in addition to proxies and anonymizers (which can render filtering useless). It also blocks phishing and some malware.
This DNS service does no filtering of itself, but redirects mistyped URL to Level 3 Web Search.
Comodo Secure DNS¶
SecureDNS references a real-time block list (RBL) of harmful websites (i.e. phishing sites, malware sites, spyware sites, and parked domains that may contain excessive advertising including pop-up and/or pop-under advertisements, etc.) and will warn you whenever you attempt to access a site containing potentially threatening content.
DNS.WATCH offers Fast, free and uncensored DNS resolution.
- 2001:1608:10:25::1c04:b12f (IPv6)
- 2001:1608:10:25::9249:d69b (IPv6)
Quad9 is a free, recursive, anycast DNS platform that provides end users robust security protections, high-performance, and privacy.
- 2620:fe::fe (IPv6)
- 2620:fe::9 (IPv6)
CloudFlare will never log your IP address (the way other companies identify you). The independent DNS monitor DNSPerf ranks Cloudflare's DNS the fastest DNS service in the world.
- 2606:4700:4700::1111 (IPv6)
- 2606:4700:4700::1001 (IPv6)
Cloudflare also provides 126.96.36.199 for Families, a set of resolvers that can block malware only, or malware and adult content.
Malware Blocking Only
- 2606:4700:4700::1112 (IPv6)
- 2606:4700:4700::1002 (IPv6)
Malware and Adult Content
- 2606:4700:4700::1113 (IPv6)
- 2606:4700:4700::1003 (IPv6)
With custom, you'll choose your favorite DNS provider. If you care about Internet independence and privacy, we suggest having a look at the OpenNIC DNS Project.