How Do I Find My Current DNS Server?


Heather Bennett

How Do I Find My Current DNS Server?

When it comes to troubleshooting network issues or configuring your internet connection, knowing your current DNS (Domain Name System) server can be valuable information. The DNS server is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing you to access websites and other online resources.


If you are using a Windows operating system, follow these steps to find your current DNS server:

  1. Open the Command Prompt by typing “cmd” in the search bar and selecting the “Command Prompt” app.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter: ipconfig /all.
  3. Scroll through the results until you find the section labeled “DNS Servers.”
  4. Your current DNS server(s) will be listed next to this section. It may appear as an IP address or a domain name.

Note: If you see multiple DNS servers listed, they are usually separated by commas or semicolons.

Mac OS

For Mac users, finding your current DNS server involves these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu on the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.”
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Network.”
  3. Select your active network connection from the list on the left-hand side of the window.
  4. Click on the “Advanced” button located at the bottom-right corner of the window.
  5. In the new window that appears, navigate to the “DNS” tab.
  6. Your current DNS server(s) will be listed in the “DNS Servers” section.


If you are using a Linux-based operating system, you can find your current DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” in the applications menu.
  2. In the terminal, type the following command and press Enter: cat /etc/resolv.conf.
  3. Your current DNS server(s) will be listed next to the “nameserver” directive. They will appear as IP addresses.

Router Configuration Page

In some cases, your DNS server might be set at the router level. To find your DNS server through your router’s configuration page, follow these general steps:

  1. Open a web browser on any device connected to your network.
  2. Type your router’s IP address in the address bar and press Enter. Common router IP addresses include or 192.1.
  3. Login to your router’s administration panel using the appropriate username and password (refer to your router’s manual if needed).
  4. Navigate to the “DNS” or “Network” settings section of your router’s configuration page.
  5. Your current DNS server(s) should be listed in this section.

By following these instructions for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, or accessing your router’s configuration page, you should have no trouble finding your current DNS server(s). Armed with this information, you can better understand and troubleshoot network issues or make necessary changes to enhance your internet connectivity.

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