Looking for an alternative DNS provider that is open and democratic? Concerned about censorship?
OpenNIC might be the alternative DNS root for you!

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DNS Neutrality

No corporation should say what websites should or shouldn’t be available to us, or the speed at which they load. By using OpenNIC you no longer have to question your ISPs motives, and can rest assured that your connection to the Internet is not being censored by your DNS servers.

No Cost

OpenNIC is a non profit organization and does not charge money for access to its DNS services including the proposal/request of new TLDs. It’s free to use completely operated by volunteers, so there’s no financial pressure to corrupt the OpenNIC system. You too could volunteer and support the system!

Stop DNS Hijacking

Have you ever typed a wrong URL into your browser only to be met with an ISP-owned search page? The domain you tried to visit, ads you click, and the searches you do can all be collected by your ISP for data-mining and marketing operations. You can stop this behavior with OpenNIC's servers, which lets DNS work the way it was designed to: in your control.

New Top-Level Domains!

OpenNIC's TLDs grant you access a whole new space on the web. These domains can only be accessed using our democratic nameservers. Once you're in, click a button below to register your free domain!

Have a TLD idea? Anybody with the right experience can apply to run their own TLD on the OpenNIC network! Learn More.

Peered Networks

OpenNIC peers with many different alternative DNS roots to give you easy access to a multitude of different namespaces.


Providing resolution to any .bit domain on the Namecoin blockchain through all of our Tier 2 resolvers.
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We've partnered with Emercoin to bring you access to the .lib, .coin, .emc, and .bazar TLDs.
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New Nations

New Nations' TLDs provide namespaces for emerging countries, accessible anywhere via OpenNIC.
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Everything is accessible through our global network of DNS resolvers. If you operate an alternative DNS root, get in touch!


We provide all this completely free of charge! Please, if you are able, consider volunteering to run a Tier 2 server or feel welcome to make a donation:

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We appreciate any and all donations, no matter the size!