How Do I Find the DNS Server?


Scott Campbell

How Do I Find the DNS Server?

When troubleshooting network issues or setting up a new connection, it is often helpful to know the DNS (Domain Name System) server you are currently using. The DNS server is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing you to access websites and other online services.

Checking DNS Server on Windows

If you are using a Windows operating system, you can easily find the DNS server using the following steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt by pressing Win + R, typing cmd, and hitting Enter.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type ipconfig /all and press Enter. This will display detailed information about your network connections.
  3. Look for the section labeled “DNS Servers” or “DNS Servers . .” You will find one or more IP addresses listed next to it. These are your current DNS servers.

Finding DNS Server on macOS

If you are using a macOS computer, follow these steps to find your DNS server:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on the “Network” icon.
  3. Select your active network connection from the left sidebar (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.).
  4. Click on the “Advanced..” button in the lower-right corner of the window.
  5. In the Advanced settings, go to the “DNS” tab.
  6. You will see a list of DNS servers under the “DNS Servers” section. These are the DNS servers currently in use.

Checking DNS Server on Linux

If you are using a Linux distribution, you can find your DNS server by following these steps:

  1. Open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T.
  2. In the terminal, type the command cat /etc/resolv.conf and press Enter.
  3. This will display the contents of the resolv.conf file which contains your DNS configuration. Look for lines starting with “nameserver” followed by one or more IP addresses. These are your DNS servers.


If you have multiple network interfaces or connections, make sure to check the settings for each one as they may have different DNS server configurations.

In conclusion, finding your DNS server is an essential step in troubleshooting network issues and understanding your network configuration. By following the instructions above, you can easily locate and identify the DNS servers used by your operating system.


  • DNS servers can be set manually or obtained automatically from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or router settings.
  • If you are experiencing slow browsing or connection problems, changing to a different DNS server might help improve performance.
  • Keep in mind that changing DNS settings should only be done if you understand the implications and potential risks involved.

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