The Google Chrome web browser’s DNS lookup feature, which has been used by many popular sites for years, was made available to users of Linux this week, making it the default search engine for the OS.
Google released the DNS lookup service in June and said it would continue to support it in the future.
“For those that don’t know, the Google DNS lookup has been around for over a decade and it’s a very good tool for finding out what’s happening in your network, which is good for your DNS privacy,” the company said in a blog post.
Google added the feature for the first time last month, though Google said it will be available in Firefox for a while.
“We are excited to be making this service available to Chrome users, and are excited about the opportunity to provide a simple, easy to use, and free DNS lookup experience,” Google’s Matt Wood said in the blog post last month.
Chrome was the first browser to make DNS lookup free, though Firefox users have had to pay for it for years.
The feature is also used by Google’s mobile app, but users of Android are limited to the free service.
“If you want to search the internet using Chrome, there’s a simple way to do so: just enable Chrome DNS,” Wood said.
“This will enable you to use the Google Cloud DNS service, which provides an excellent service to our users and is the best for free DNS queries,” he added.
Google said that the service is available in the Google Play Store for free, and Google Chrome for Android users have been able to download the DNS tool from the Google Developer Console.
Google is not alone in offering DNS lookup as an option for its Android apps.
Firefox has made DNS lookup available for free since October, but Mozilla users were forced to pay to use that service in the first place.
Firefox’s Chrome for Linux version of the app is currently the only one that can offer DNS lookup.
Mozilla is not the only web browser that is making DNS lookup a free service for its users.
Firefox for Android and Chrome for iOS have been updated to make the feature free for developers, though both versions are still available for a fee.
Mozilla users are also free to search for and download DNS tools from the Chrome Developer Console, but they are limited.
Google has not released any DNS lookup for Android devices yet, but the company is working on a DNS lookup plugin for Chrome OS for mobile devices.
Google Chrome has been available for Android since November 2015, but it has not had a dedicated DNS search option in the browser since that time.
Google made DNS lookups free for users last year, and ChromeOS is not compatible with Windows.