Steve Marshall's Gibiru search engine, launched in 2010, markets itself as a privacy focused offering aimed at private browsing and uncensored search results. Gibiru uses Google search with a modified Google algorithm. In a forum in 2012, the gibiru developer mentioned that a new Google-independent search technology was being developed. The results contain content from the web as well as current news. Ranking can be according to relevance or date.

Today (2019) Giburu offers a Google-based web search and a so-called uncensored web search. In addition, an image search is offered.

Language English

Launched 2010
Closed No

Developer Marshall, Steve

Country of Origin US America

2010 - [...] Marshall, Steve

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Anonymous / private searching
Search Interface / Search API

Used SeEn Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Christian Stewart (2018): »Gibiru sources its search results from a modified Google algorithm. Gibiru’s CEO, Steve Marshall, announced in a press release that his service is exactly what Google was early on. It provides reliable search results without all the tracking that Google does today.

Gibiru positions itself as being “ faster than the NSA Search Engines since it does not install all sorts of personalization and tracking cookies on your system.” Gibiru is outspoken against Google’s ability to manipulate, or censor, your search results.« Source

Realist News: »Gibiru Creator says:
Thanks for the feedback everyone. We are working on hard on Phase two that will completely remove the need for any Google code or technology. The new version of Gibiru v 2.1 will be peer based, essentially providing a completely separate internet similar to napster back in the days. Peer to peer, toggle from mainstream to esoterica as your search queries are less or more mainstream.
Please feel free to provide any other recommendations or suggestions, we will be happy to take them into account in our next release of Gibiru 2.1« Source

Robin Welles: »The search system used by Gibiru apparently follows a modified Google algorithm that allows you to receive the search results you are used to from Google while still concealing your identity from Google's servers. If true, your searches won't be modified according to who you are, and you will be free of the so-called Google filter bubble.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

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

Other Sources

Robin Welles: Gibiru Review - Is Gibiru A Genuine Private Search Engine? URL:
Robin Welles: Gibiru Private Search Engine Reviewed URL:
Robin Welles: What Is A Private Search Engine And Why Do We Need One? URL:
Welcome, privacy! Gibiru tries to break Google/government alliance URL:
Julie Morris (2013): Alternative Search Engine Gains Ground URL:

Created: 2019-01-01