Use our advanced DNS with any domain, registered anywhere!

What is FreeDNS?

Keep your online presence. FreeDNS hosting makes sure your domain is visible to the Internet, and with secondary DNS backup avoids any gaps in your website’s availability.

FreeDNS is for newly-registered domains if your domain registrar does not provide DNS hosting or can be a backup DNS for your existing website. FreeDNS can also secure your DNS service when you transfer your domain somewhere new.

All third-party domain owners can use Namecheap’s FreeDNS. It really is for anyone. Just write your domain name in the bar above to get FreeDNS hosting—free of charge.

  • Free 3rd-party domains support only
  • Secures domains without DNS
  • Covers DNS during domain transfers
  • Easy to set-up

Is FreeDNS right for me?

Is FreeDNS right for me?

FreeDNS with dynamic DNS safeguards your DNS hosting and keeps your website presence during outages.

If your website is busy with traffic or you are running an online business, you might consider purchasing PremiumDNS hosting here. To help you decide, Namecheap’s low-cost premium service is compared with FreeDNS on this page.

How do I set up FreeDNS?

1. Enter your domain

1. Enter your domain

Simply enter your domain name or into the search bar above and hit ‘Get DNS’. You’ll be taken straight to the shopping cart, where you complete the totally free purchase.

2. Set up DNS

2. Set up DNS

From there, it’s easy to set up your domain to use Namecheap's FreeDNS service. Setup requires you to point your website records to the domain name servers (DNS) we use for FreeDNS.

3. Change your nameserver

3. Change your nameserver

You’ll then have up to 10 days to change your nameserver settings at your current registrar. To do everything correctly, follow our easy setup guide.

4. Wait for verification

4. Wait for verification

As soon as you’ve made the changes in your account, FreeDNS will be verified from our side within 16 hours.

FreeDNS vs PremiumDNS

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When you choose FreeDNS hosting or PremiumDNS hosting with Namecheap you can expect the best possible DNS hosting. We are so confident of this we hope in the future you’ll choose us as your domain registrar.

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Remember, if your website is getting busier with high e-commerce traffic or content demands, and your website presence is critical, you can buy Namecheap’s PremiumDNS for extra security, fast delivery, and 100% availability.

To help you decide, this table contains all the advanced features for each Namecheap DNS service

Worldwide coverage
Enjoy speedy website performance around the globe with DNS queries served by powerful Anycast network apex zone servers.
Advanced DNS DDoS Protection
Mitigation protection from Distributed Denial of Service Internet Layer 1-4 DNS hacker attacks.
100% Uptime Guarantee (SLA)
Unique to Namecheap, our SLA backed by market leader Neustar Security gives the only 100% uptime guarantee for the PremiumDNS platform.
DNSSEC support
Domain Name Service Security Extension Zone signing creates a secure chain of trust between your DNS traffic and web-users.
Secondary DNS
Keep your website online with FreeDNS. If you find your current domain registrar won’t let you use secondary DNS backup, you can transfer your domain to Namecheap easily and enjoy our Basic DNS hosting for free.
Your host records support
Backup your website services with records support for A, AAAA, CNAME, ALIAS, NS, MX, TXT, URL Redirect Record (301, 302, Frame), CAA, and SRV host record types.
Free Email Forwarding
Create personalized email addresses for your domain and use free email forwarding to any email address of your choice.
Keep your domain connected and point your domain name to any IP address (static or dynamic). Enjoy Dynamic DNS and automatic server updates to your IP address.
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Why Namecheap

Privacy and Security

Your website security and privacy comes first at Namecheap, and we will always support the rights of individuals and consumers online. It’s our mission to keep the Internet open, free, and safe for everyone.

Your Business Online

Boost your business with industry-premium products and services, at prices that won’t break your budget. If it doesn’t provide you with a better Internet experience, we simply don’t offer it.

Customer Service

You’re covered by a Support Team that’s renowned for being one of the most knowledgeable, friendly, and professional in the business. Real people are ready to assist you with any issue, any time, 24/7.

Frequently asked questions

  • How to get FreeDNS?

    The easiest way to get FreeDNS is to use the Get FreeDNS search bar above. Simply type in your domain name and press ‘get DNS,’ or if you are not sure, read these simple instructions first. You can also use ‘bulk options’ to make a list of domains and subdomains you wish to use with FreeDNS.

    It’s worth mentioning if you are transferring your domain and want to use FreeDNS as a secondary backup, you can take advantage of this and keep your website online during domain transfers.

  • Should I get PremiumDNS hosting for my website?

    Essential for anyone in business online, our PremiumDNS hosting service is for websites with busy e-commerce traffic, commercial websites with mission-critical status, and websites needing simultaneous content and web-streaming power. PremiumDNS has you covered. At less than $5/yr, the advanced benefits include DDoS deep layer protection with DNSSEC support, SLA guaranteed 100% uptime and speedy worldwide coverage at the edge server network. Visit PremiumDNS to purchase.

  • Can I set up FreeDNS as a backup?

    Yes, you are welcome to use Namecheap’s free domain name service as a backup option. FreeDNS works great as a safeguard for your own DNS servers or your hosting provider’s DNS. If you have a domain you purchased through another registry that does not provide DNS; you are welcome to use our service free of charge. Learn more about setting up FreeDNS.

  • How does FreeDNS work, and what services are included?

    An assigned nameserver is matched up with any website. When a user decides to connect to a particular website, IP address files are obtained by sending the request through a domain name service or DNS. Namecheap’s free DNS provides this functionality at no cost and without expensive premium features. Our FreeDNS supports A/AAAA/CNAME/NS/MX/TXT/SRV DNS record types. We also provide DNS updates with the DynamicDNS option. Email/URL forwarding and DynamicDNS are also included free of charge. Learn more about why we offer FreeDNS.

  • What is FreeDNS, and why should I use it?

    A free DNS service gives you a cost-free domain name service that is just as good as our BasicDNS. At Namecheap, we understand the importance of reliable DNS hosting. If you use a hosting or registrar company that does not provide DNS, we invite you to use our FreeDNS to enjoy the same functionality that our customers receive. With Namecheap FreeDNS, you get an intuitive management console and 24/7 tech support, available for any domain.

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