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Searx is a metasearch from Hungary that started in 2015. It was developed by Adam Tauber. Under the "preferences" the user can choose which search engines should be used. The results are displayed in a common list. In addition to the results, the search engine from which the results come is also listed. Searx is a private search engine and the code is provided open source.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2015
Closed January 2020

Developer Tauber, Adam

Country of Origin Hungary

2015 - [...] Tauber, Adam

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Meta search engine
Open source based search engine
Anonymous / private searching
Search Portal

Used SeEn AskSteem
Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

There are much public searx instances available on the web. A list of searx engines can be found here: Source

»Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled.« Source

Wikipedia: »Searx is a free metasearch engine, available under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3, with the aim of protecting the privacy of its users. To this end, Searx does not share users' IP addresses or search history with the search engines from which it gathers results. Tracking cookies served by the search engines are blocked, preventing user-profiling-based results modification. By default, Searx queries are submitted via HTTP POST, to prevent users' query keywords from appearing in webserver logs. Searx was inspired by the Seeks project, though it does not implement Seeks' peer-to-peer user-sourced results ranking.

Each search result is given as a direct link to the respective site, rather than a tracked redirect link as used by Google. In addition, when available, these direct links are accompanied by "cached" and/or "proxied" links that allow viewing results pages without actually visiting the sites in question. The "cached" links point to saved versions of a page on, while the "proxied" links allow viewing the current live page via a Searx-based web proxy. In addition to the general search, the engine also features tabs to search within specific domains: files, images, IT, maps, music, news, science, social media, and videos.

Along with the most well-known instance at, Searx also features dozens of user-run instances at their own URLs. A service called Searxes can be used to search a different random Searx instance with each query.« Source

»Across all categories, Searx can fetch search results from about 70 different engines. This includes major search engines and site-specific searches like Bing, Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Yahoo, and Yandex. The engines used for each search category can be set via a "preferences" interface, and these settings will be saved in a cookie in the user's browser, rather than on the server side, since for privacy reasons, Searx does not implement a user login model. Other settings such as the search interface language and the search results language (over 20 languages are available) can be set the same way.« Source

»Any user may run their own instance of Searx, which can be done to maximize privacy, to avoid congestion on public instances, to preserve customized settings even if browser cookies are cleared, to allow auditing of the source code being run, etc. Users may include their Searx instances on the editable list of all public instances, or keep them private. It is also possible to add custom search engines to a self-hosted instance that are not available on the public instances.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Johannes Schuba (26.07.2016): Searx: Die konfigurierbare Suchmaschine, die deine Privatsphäre respektiert URL:
SearX: Privacy-respecting metasearch engine URL:
Welcome to searx URL:
List of public Searx instances URL:

Created: 2017-05-02