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
111 493
8,788 1,790
2.6% 5.9%
8.7 7.9
9 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 2022-05-18.


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 2022-05-22.
  • NextDNS Is Out of Beta (2020)
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 27 May 2022
  • First VMs on new home lab
    1 project | reddit.com/r/homelab | 26 May 2022
    NextDNS.io is like a hosted version of pihole, but more reliable. It's free, or $20/yr for more features/capacity. Set up your router to send requests to it via DoH and all your internal stuff to use your router as DNS. Done and done.
  • Agreed?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin | 24 May 2022
    I like pi-hole but I guess I'm just lazy as I really don't wanna manage any more than I necessarily have to... I use NextDNS and works wonders without me to actually manage anything (I use to have an instance of pi-hole in a local server, then I moved it to my NAS, then to a Raspberry Pi... then I just dropped the ball).
  • Fucking hate this
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/mildlyinfuriating | 22 May 2022
    Gonna plug https://nextdns.io here. It's basically a cloud service pihole. Easier to setup and use and functions the same. Doesn't require extra hardware like a raspberry pi or Linux knowledge to set up. They have a free plan, I use it myself as a single guy but if you live with other people you'll probably have to pay $ as you would burn through the free dns requests too quickly. But solo living I skate under the max free requests even using it on my home router and phone
  • Turn off eero secure temporarily
    1 project | reddit.com/r/eero | 21 May 2022
  • NextDNS No Longer Working
    1 project | reddit.com/r/nextdns | 17 May 2022
    I just went to nextdns.io to check my subscription, and am seeing the message that my device is not using NextDNS.
  • Piracy and no ads on iOS
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Piracy | 14 May 2022
    NextDNS allows more control
  • Open DNS resolvers, from bad to worse
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 13 May 2022
    I used to use AdGuard's DNS (https://adguard-dns.io/). It looks like they're going to be launching an upgraded version that you can customize in the future.

    Right now, I'm using NextDNS (https://nextdns.io). It lets me add ad/tracking block lists, block specific domains (especially ones that serve annoying embeds in many sites), and setup rewrites so that I can have my-fake-domain.com resolve to localhost. I can use their DNS-over-HTTPS with Chrome/Edge/Firefox and I can setup my router to to use their DNS. It's basically my own little PiHole without needing the RaspberryPi (which are very hard to come by these days).

    (Anxiously awaits someone on HN telling me that I shouldn't be using NextDNS)

  • I found an official Microsoft list of common domains/endpoints that are pinged in Windows 11, and what they do
    1 project | reddit.com/r/privacy | 13 May 2022
    Sign up for NextDNS and configure your router to use it as its DNS servers. In NextDNS dashboard, you will have to “link” your router’s IP for your custom settings to apply. It should be right on your dashboard after signing up.
  • User based web filters?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/opnsense | 12 May 2022
    Not directly related to OPNsense, but NextDNS with the NextDNS proxy running locally, can pass along the clients hostname and filter based on that. At one point you could run the NextDNS proxy on OPNsense, which could pass that info to NextDNS, but I’m not sure of the current status of that. https://nextdns.io/

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

blokada - The official repo for Blokada for Android and iOS.

Pi-hole - A black hole for Internet advertisements

cloudflared - Cloudflare Tunnel client (formerly Argo Tunnel)

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.

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

udm-utilities - A collection of things I have made to make the Unifi Dream Machine more useful

mullvadvpn-app - The Mullvad VPN client app for desktop and mobile

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