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Top Search Engine Alternatives to Google

Welcome to the definitive source for comparing search engine alternatives to Google.

Our researchers have looked at 368 data points and more than 1800 analysis points. They have studied 39 integrations, 32 features, 46 search engine tools and over 1400 feature points.

Approximately 50% of the Earth’s population uses the internet, and that number is only climbing. Most individuals use the internet to connect with others in some way, for anything from financial services, video calls and emails, to shopping, texting and streaming music. Of course businesses use the internet also, for example: gathering data, advertising, keeping track of their competition and for customer service.

Why would anyone want an alternative to the Google search engine? Some concerns that people have with Google include: user privacy, manipulation and misuse of search results, tax avoidance, use of others’ intellectual property, and business concerns such as having a monopoly (more than 90% of searches are done on Google). Because people and businesses use the internet in so many different ways, it is important to find the search engine that fits each use case best.

We’ve performed a comprehensive research study to identify Google-alternative search engines that search the entire public internet. To be included in our study, the tool must require users to input text and give a list of matching results as an output. This list includes both paid and free search engines, and meta-search engines (if they search the entire web).

We have not included the following search engines for a number of reasons (e.g. broken site, incomplete search results or non-English language): Boardreader, Wolframalpha, Chacha, Blekko, Blog Search Engine, Wiki.com, Baidu, Disconnect Search, Kartoo, and Surfwax. We’ve also left out search engines that only search the dark web or ones that only search for specific information (e.g. http://www.blog searchengine.org/).

Search Engine Feature Strength is a number that was calculated by looking at how many features each search engine had, and the relative, subjective importance of each feature. You can reach out to us to layer in your own feature importance scoring before deciding on a solution.

Likewise, Search Engine Business Strength is a number that was derived from certain business-related qualities of each company, and our own (subjective) scoring of the importance of those qualities. There too, you’ll want to give your own importance rating to derive your own, custom scatter plot:

We’ve used the Likert Scale to calculate a score for software features and business attributes. Our list also includes many other considerations such as which features each search engine provides, age or launch date, pricing and Domain Authority score.

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ToolAge
Lycos24.0 Yrs
Search24.0 Yrs
Excite24.0 Yrs
Webcrawler24.0 Yrs
InfoSpace23.9 Yrs
Metacrawler23.9 Yrs
Dogpile23.8 Yrs
BestoftheWeb23.8 Yrs
Internet Archive23.8 Yrs
Yippy23.7 Yrs
Info23.5 Yrs
Aol22.8 Yrs
Ask21.8 Yrs
Startpage21.8 Yrs
Entireweb21.8 Yrs
Gigablast20.8 Yrs
Lukol20.6 Yrs
SearchEngineZ20.4 Yrs
MetaGer19.5 Yrs
Exactseek19.5 Yrs
Bing18.8 Yrs
Yandex18.2 Yrs
Qwant18.2 Yrs
giveWater17.1 Yrs
YaCy16.1 Yrs
Mojeek15.8 Yrs
Yahoo15.0 Yrs
Lemmefind14.8 Yrs
Goodsearch14.2 Yrs
Sputtr13.4 Yrs
BabyLon13.3 Yrs
Symbaloo13.3 Yrs
DuckDuckGo12.1 Yrs
Ecosia10.8 Yrs
CuteStat10.8 Yrs
Gibiru9.8 Yrs
Ekoru9.1 Yrs
Million Short8.4 Yrs
ZOO7.0 Yrs
Kiddle6.8 Yrs
Givero6.8 Yrs
Swisscows5.8 Yrs
Searx5.8 Yrs
Search Encrypt3.4 Yrs
Oscobo3.3 Yrs
OneSearch9 Mo

This publication is dynamic, and will be updated as search engine tools change. If you see anything that is missing or incorrect, please let us know in the comments below. Also feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Bing


Bing

Bing Comparison Details

Age of Software/Company: 18.8 Yrs

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Yandex


Yandex

Yandex Comparison Details

Age of Software/Company: 18.3 Yrs

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  • BluditCMS
  • Convert
  • Django
  • Drupal
  • Ecwid
  • GetResponse
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Data Studio
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Hybrid.ai
  • ImpressPages
  • Improvado
  • Joomia
  • Landingi
  • Magento
  • MotoCMS
  • Octoboard
  • Omniconvert
  • OneBox
  • RDocumentation
  • Redash
  • Renta
  • Segment
  • Segmentstream
  • Shopify
  • SpringBuilder
  • T-Soft
  • Tealium
  • Ucraft
  • Venew
  • Wix
  • WordPress
  • XenForo
  • Yandex Browser





  • Swisscows


    Swisscows

    Swisscows Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 5.9 Yrs

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  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MS Edge
  • MS Internet Explorer





  • DuckDuckGo


    DuckDuckGo

    DuckDuckGo Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 12.2 Yrs

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    Startpage


    Startpage

    Startpage Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 21.9 Yrs

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    Ekoru


    Ekoru

    Ekoru Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 9.2 Yrs

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    Ecosia


    Ecosia

    Ecosia Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 11.0 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

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  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox





  • Internet Archive


    Internet Archive

    Internet Archive Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 23.8 Yrs

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    Dogpile


    Dogpile

    Dogpile Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 23.9 Yrs

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    Gigablast


    Gigablast

    Gigablast Comparison Details

    Feature summary: The last search engine.

    Age of Software/Company: 21.0 Yrs

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    Ask


    Ask

    Ask Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 22.0 Yrs

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    Webcrawler


    Webcrawler

    Webcrawler Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 24.1 Yrs

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    Lycos


    Lycos

    Lycos Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 24.1 Yrs

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    InfoSpace


    InfoSpace

    InfoSpace Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 24.0 Yrs

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    Yahoo


    Yahoo

    Yahoo Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 15.1 Yrs

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    Search

    Search Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 24.1 Yrs

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    MetaGer


    MetaGer

    MetaGer Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 19.7 Yrs

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    Qwant


    Qwant

    Qwant Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 18.3 Yrs

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    Search Encrypt

    Search Encrypt Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 3.5 Yrs

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    Gibiru


    Gibiru

    Gibiru Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 9.8 Yrs

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    Yippy


    Yippy

    Yippy Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 23.8 Yrs

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    Oscobo


    Oscobo

    Oscobo Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 3.4 Yrs

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    Lukol


    Lukol

    Lukol Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 20.7 Yrs

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    Aol


    Aol

    Aol Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 22.8 Yrs

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    OneSearch


    OneSearch

    OneSearch Comparison Details

    Feature summary: Privacy-Focused Features

    Age of Software/Company: 10 Mo

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    giveWater


    giveWater

    giveWater Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 17.2 Yrs

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    Excite


    Excite

    Excite Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 24.1 Yrs

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    BabyLon


    BabyLon

    BabyLon Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 13.4 Yrs

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    Info


    Info

    Info Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 23.6 Yrs

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    Kiddle


    Kiddle

    Kiddle Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 6.9 Yrs

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    Entireweb


    Entireweb

    Entireweb Comparison Details

    Feature summary: Entireweb SEO Service

    Age of Software/Company: 21.8 Yrs

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  • Shopify
  • Squarespace
  • WordPress
  • Zapier





  • Exactseek


    Exactseek

    Exactseek Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 19.7 Yrs

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    Lemmefind


    Lemmefind

    Lemmefind Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 14.9 Yrs

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    BestoftheWeb


    BestoftheWeb

    BestoftheWeb Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 23.9 Yrs

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    Searx


    Searx

    Searx Comparison Details

    Feature summary: Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

    Age of Software/Company: 5.8 Yrs

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    Mojeek


    Mojeek

    Mojeek Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 16.0 Yrs

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    YaCy


    YaCy

    YaCy Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 16.2 Yrs

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    Givero


    Givero

    Givero Comparison Details

    Feature summary: Say hello to open source bangs.

    Age of Software/Company: 6.9 Yrs

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    Metacrawler


    Metacrawler

    Metacrawler Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 24.0 Yrs

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    ZOO


    ZOO

    ZOO Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 7.1 Yrs

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    Sputtr


    Sputtr

    Sputtr Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 13.5 Yrs

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    Symbaloo


    Symbaloo

    Symbaloo Comparison Details

    Feature summary: Learn about all the things you can do in within your Symbaloo webmixes! See different widgets and embedding options from popular sites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Docs, Glogster, and TeacherTube!

    Age of Software/Company: 13.4 Yrs

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    CuteStat


    CuteStat

    CuteStat Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 10.9 Yrs

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    SearchEngineZ


    SearchEngineZ

    SearchEngineZ Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 20.5 Yrs

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    Million Short


    Million Short

    Million Short Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 8.6 Yrs

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    Goodsearch


    Goodsearch

    Goodsearch Comparison Details

    Age of Software/Company: 14.3 Yrs

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    FEATURE DESCRIPTIONS

    Web Search

    A web search engine or Internet search engine is a software system that is designed to carry out web search (Internet search), which means to search the World Wide Web in a systematic way for particular information specified in a textual web search query.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 43

    Exact Search

    Search for the exact phrase, often using quotes.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 41

    Incremental Auto-Complete

    Autocomplete is a feature within search engine designed to make it faster to complete searches that you’re beginning to type.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 35

    Image Search

    Shows only images in the results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 34

    News Search

    Provides the ability to keyword search across thousands of news sources found through crawling the web. Optionally also provides the ability to browse categories of news where headlines are assembled.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 30

    Boolean Search

    Boolean search is a structured search process that allows the user to insert words or phrases such as AND, OR, NOT to limit, broaden and define the search results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 29

    Site Specific Search

    This allows you to search just one domain — not the entire internet — for a particular search term.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 29

    Video Search

    A video search engine is a web-based search engine which crawls the web for video content.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 28

    See a list of closely related, popular searches along with the results of your search.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 26

    Provides the option to search within your previous search results, to search for a more specific topic within your original results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 24

    Filter by Date

    The date filters let you filter results from the last day, weak and month, so that limits the search results you see.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 20

    Anonymous Search

    Anonymous search is for privacy-conscious web users, who don’t want their search or browser related data harvested.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 19

    Metasearch Engine

    Metasearch engines take input from a user and immediately query search engines for results. Sufficient data is gathered, ranked, and presented to the users.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 18

    Safe Search

    SafeSearch is an automated filter of pornography and other offensive content that’s built into search engines. This feature makes the search engine a bit more family-friendly.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 17

    Filter by Region

    Your custom search engine can be customized to prefer search results from a particular country or region. Results from other countries or regions may still appear with lower ranking. You can also customize your search engine to exclusively return results from the selected country or region, filtering out all other results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 13

    Ad-Free Results

    The search engine does not show any ads in the results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 12

    Maps Search

    Web-based service that provides detailed information about geographical regions and sites around the world.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 11

    Filter by Language

    Filter criteria to support multi-language search, scoping query execution to language-specific fields.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 11

    Usage Right or Copyright Filter

    Also know as Usage Right Filter. And this is a built-in feature of most search websites that allows a user to specify additional reaquirements for a search.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 11

    Email Feature

    Also has a free or paid email service.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 11

    Shopping Search

    Shopping search engines allow you to search specifically for products for sale from online merchants.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 7

    Open Source

    Generally, open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use for any (including commercial) purpose, or modification from its original design.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 6

    Music Search

    Search through only music files.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 5

    Entertainment Search

    A search engine that allows users to search within the category of Enterntainment related results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 5

    A record of web pages recently visited by a computer user. The site provides personalized recommendations based on your recent browsing history.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 5

    Sports Search

    Provides quick access to search for only sports-related results.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 4

    Finance Search

    Searching Finance is the leading new financial services information provider. Authoritative and topical books, reports, analysis, discussion and more.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 3

    Truth Censorship

    Or known as Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet enacted by regulators, or on their own initiative. This includes political censorship, or censoring out information they deem to be false. This does not include adult-related content filters.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 3

    Translate Support

    Translate/converts your search to another language and also have a built-in translator.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 3

    Astrology Search

    Also known as Horoscope searching that discover Your Destiny Using This Unique Astrology Search Engine. Your Gateway to the world of Astrology, Palmistry, Numerology and Fortune Telling.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 2

    Cloud Storage Feature

    You can save files, data, or anything in here this is just like a storage machine.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 2

    Books Search

    Search only within the text or descriptions or metadata for books.

    Number of Search Engine that have this feature: 1

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