Search engine comparison
General-purpose search engines as well as front-ends for the few actual search engines are listed below with subjective ratings of text and image search results, privacy policies and small useful notes. Search engines with no publicly facing interface (specialized pay-walled search engines) are not included.
Freely Usable Actually Search Engines
Actual search engines have and use crawler software to build and maintain their own web index. Closed-off search engines (not publicly usable) are not included. Bing front-ends and Google front-ends are listed in their own sections below.
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|Bing||www.bing.com||Microsoft||1998/2009||Big Brother on steroids|
|Exalead||www.exalead.com/search/||Dassault Systèmes SE||2000||Nope||Horrible|
|Google Search||www.google.com||Alphabet Inc||1998||Big Brother on steroids||Broken as of January 2020, shows a "consent" message instead of a search field|
|SymbolHound||symbolhound.com||David Crane||circa 2010's||Nope||Unclear||Alright for programming related queries, useless for everything else|
|YaCy||There is a variety of publicly available nodes.
|2005||Depends on the node||You can install YaCy and run your own node.|
|Seznam.cz, a.s.||1996||?||Collects a lot of data|
|Search engine||URL||Company||Launched||Text Search||Image Search||Note|
|Ecosia||www.ecosia.org||Ecosia||2009||Sends a ID to Bing along with search requests unless the browser asks Do-Not-Track.||Donated 47% of its income to organizations planting trees|
|DuckDuckGo||duckduckgo.com||Duck Duck Go, Inc||1998||Privacy-respecting||Most links are sourced from Bing, results are complimented with their own DuckDuckBot crawler.|
|Qwant||www.qwant.com||Qwant||2013||Privacy-respecting||Has its own sorting algorithm. The search results are Bing results ordered slightly better|
|yahoo!||consent.yahoo.com||Verizon Media||1995||Big Brother on steroids||Search page is broken as of January 2020, redirects to a "consent" page.|
Web portals who serve Google search results are forbidden from using results from other sources.
|StartPage||www.startpage.com||Startpage B.V, Netherlands||1998||Privacy-respecting||StartPage is only allowed to use search results for Google when it is accessed using desktop browsers. The mobile version has search results from Bing.|
There are a lot of metasearch engines based on the free software Searx software. There is a very long list at asciimoo.github.io. You will have to patiently try a lot of them before you find one which actually works, the majority of instances on that list are either blacklisted by all the search engines they use as sources or plain broken.
- "Google prohibits any company that displays Google search results from ever, even on another website that doesn't show Google's results, displaying search results from another search engine. Basically, Google demands exclusivity. These practices need to stop, they are hurting the search ecosystem. The Demise of the Meta Web Search Engine