My Searx instance

UPDATE: Until further notice, my Searx instance is offline. I suggest using the primary instance of Searx, at


I’ve setup my own private instance of Searx, located at

Searx is described by its author as a “privacy-respecting, hackable metasearch engine“. Because of the resources required to index web pages (i.e., CPU and disk), and the fact that the web is constantly changing, most individuals/businesses can’t afford to setup their own search engines. Because of this, only a handful of search engines exist that actually index their own pages (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Baidu, Yandex, etc…). A metasearch engine (e.g., Ixquick, Startpage, Dogpile) aggregates results from multiple sources into one place, as shown below.


Searx, however, takes metasearching a step further. Not only is Searx open source, but it removes tracking, so companies (e.g., Google) won’t be building a profile about you. Searx also includes a bunch of other features, including Opensearch support (so you can set Searx as the default search engine), the ability to configure search engines and categories (via a cookie), multiple languages, DuckDuckGo-like !bang functionality, and you can self-host it!

If you’d like, you can stand up your own instance of Searx using the instructions on GitHub. The primary instance of Searx is located at, and the community keeps a running list of public instances on GitHub as well.

My instance of Searx is completely stock, except that I’ve tweaked it to lean more towards Google/Bing/Wikipedia, rather than Yahoo or DuckDuckGo. I’ve also turned off logging in Nginx, so you can search truly anonymously. I do use Piwik to track how many users visit my Searx instance. Since it’s the same instance of Piwik I’m using to host, the same rules apply.

Please set Searx to your default search engine (Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera), try it out, and let me know what you think!



2 thoughts on “My Searx instance”

    • Searx bangs do not seem to be as feature-filled or accurate as they are in DDG. You first use the ! character, then the full engine name (or engine shortcut), then your search term. This will depend on which Searx instance your visiting, as some are configured differently. Examples below:

      • !wikipedia pittsburgh (or !wp pittsburgh)
      • !kickass daft punk (or !ka daft punk)
      • !github searx (or !gh searx)

      Also, DDG sends you to the other engine’s search page, whereas Searx returns the results in the same page.

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