dnscrypt-proxy VS nextdns

Compare dnscrypt-proxy vs nextdns and see what are their differences.


NextDNS CLI client (DoH Proxy) (by nextdns)
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dnscrypt-proxy nextdns
156 923
10,060 2,422
1.1% 2.9%
6.9 3.2
4 days ago about 1 month ago
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ISC License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of dnscrypt-proxy. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-17.
  • TotalPlay intercepta las peticiones de DNS y las suplanta.
    5 projects | /r/mexico | 17 May 2023
    ¿Ya intentaste con DnsCrypt?
    5 projects | /r/mexico | 17 May 2023
  • Dnscrypt-proxy package need to update
    3 projects | /r/OPNsenseFirewall | 8 Apr 2023
  • Use Portmaster with DNSCrypt
    3 projects | /r/PrivacyGuides | 3 Apr 2023
    Up until recently, I've used it with quad9 DNS, which is fine, but as people found out, we can make it work with dnscrypt-proxy, which allows us to use DNSCrypt, which basically is a protocol that encrypts, authenticates and optionally anonymizes communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver. It prevents DNS spoofing. It uses cryptographic signatures to verify that responses originate from the chosen DNS resolver and haven’t been tampered with. (as written at DNSCrypt's official website). That significantly increases our security and privacy (better using Anonymous DNS relays). Cheers
  • Should you change your DNS server (for gaming, streaming, general speed)
    2 projects | /r/pcmasterrace | 18 Mar 2023
    If you're changing your DNS, you should be setting up system-wide DNS over HTTPS anyway, and most programs that implement DNS over HTTPS (like dnscrypt-proxy) also choose the lowest latency server from a list of servers on their own
  • When can the ISP record the URL metadata and when is it hidden from the ISP?
    3 projects | /r/privacy | 13 Mar 2023
    You don't even need a Weepy En, just get dnscrypt-proxy. It runs a local DNS server that will connect to multiple others of your choice using DNSSEC or DoH.
  • Any future plans of adding an ad-blocking DNS server?
    3 projects | /r/Quad9 | 9 Mar 2023
    See the wiki for installation guide https://github.com/DNSCrypt/dnscrypt-proxy/wiki/Installation
  • What is better DNScrypt, DOH or DOT?
    2 projects | /r/fossdroid | 4 Feb 2023
    It should be noted that DNSCrypt v2 offers a unique advantage in the form of relays (Anonymized DNSCrypt), which ensure that domain names and client IP addresses from which DNS requests originate are not visible to providers as well (though this is subject to significantly increased latency). DNSCrypt also makes it easier to utilize multiple resolvers of one's choosing in a round robin configuration (though this can be done with DoT via clients like Stubby as well, it is a bit more time-consuming to set up).
  • Block lists for security
    2 projects | /r/dnscrypt | 17 Nov 2022
    I care a lot about performance, so it'll be great to have an ads block list for DNSCrypt, minimized in size, and using wildcards: https://github.com/DNSCrypt/dnscrypt-proxy/wiki/Filters
  • Looking for a FOSS antivirus for windows
    3 projects | /r/opensource | 15 Nov 2022
    You could also use dnscrypt-proxy (or Simple DNSCrypt for a GUI) with custom blocklists to prevent known malicious sites from loading.


Posts with mentions or reviews of nextdns. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-02.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing dnscrypt-proxy and nextdns you can also consider the following projects:

AdGuardHome - Network-wide ads & trackers blocking DNS server

cloudflared - Cloudflare Tunnel client (formerly Argo Tunnel)

blokada - The official repo for Blokada apps.

Pi-hole - A black hole for Internet advertisements

blahdns - A small hobby ads block dns project with doh, dot, dnscrypt support.

DNS-over-HTTPS - An implementation of RFC 8484 - DNS Queries over HTTPS (DoH).

Unbound - Unbound is a validating, recursive, and caching DNS resolver.

GoodbyeDPI - GoodbyeDPI — Deep Packet Inspection circumvention utility (for Windows)

NetGuard - A simple way to block access to the internet per app

SponsorBlock - Skip YouTube video sponsors (browser extension)