Baidu [Video Search]


Baidu is the leading search engine in China. Since 2006 Baidu offers its own video search. The Baidu uses for the video search its own crawler which searches Chinese speaking websites.

Baidu Video became independent in 2016. Baidu Video focuses on platform development and offers its users video search and content aggregation services.

Language Chinese

Launched 2006
Closed No

Developer Li, Robin and Eric Xu

Country of Origin China

2006 - [...] Baidu, Inc.

Topic Music, Sound & Video Search engine

Region China

Technical functionalities
Video file search
Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search
Search engine for special file formats

Used SeEn Baidu Video Search

Robot: Baiduspider-video (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»Baidu Video Search enables users to search for and access through hyperlinks of online video clips that are hosted on third parties’ Websites.« Source


Wikipedia: »The name Baidu is a quote from the last line of Xin Qiji's classical poem "Green Jade Table in The Lantern Festival" saying: "Having searched thousands of times in the crowd, suddenly turning back, She is there in the dimmest candlelight." The context of the poem is that in ancient China, girls had to stay indoors, and the Lantern Festival was one of the few times they could go outside. In the chaotic sea of lantern lights, they would sneak away to meet their lovers and exchange promises to meet again next year. A summary of the entire poem: Flowers bursting into bloom in the sky, stars falling like rain (fireworks/meteor shower), Whole streets filled with perfume, jeweled horses pulling ornate carriages, fish and dragon lanterns dancing throughout the entire night. A body decorated with golden thread and butterfly trinket, laughter that has a subtle fragrance. Having searched for this person until exhaustion, when suddenly turning back by chance, I find her standing lonely in the far end of the street in the waning light. Many people have asked about the meaning of our name. 'Baidu' was inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. '...hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood.' Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal. — Robin Li« Source

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Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Jon Russell (2016): Baidu’s video business goes independent and raises $155M from investors URL:
Emma Lee (2016): Baidu’s Online Video Arm Receives $155M Investment Upon Spinoff URL:

Created: 2018-12-21