Search engine comparison

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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 Actual 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, Google front-ends and other front-ends for actual search engines are listed in their own sections below.

English (and other languages)

Search engine URL Company Launched Text Search Image Search Privacy Policy Note
Bing www.bing.com Microsoft 1998/2009 Kim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpg Hyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpg Big Brother on steroids
Exalead www.exalead.com/search/ Dassault Systèmes SE 2000 Frustrated stallman cropped.jpg Nope Horrible
Gigablast gigablast.com Matt Wells 2000 Sad hyemi2.jpgSad hyemi2.jpg Nope Unclear
Google Search www.google.com Alphabet Inc 1998 Kim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpg Sad hyemi2.jpgSad hyemi2.jpg Big Brother on steroids Broken as of January 2020, shows a "consent" message instead of a search field
MetaGer metager.org SUMA EV Kim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpg Nope privacy-respecting Hosted in Germany by a German foundation.
Mojeek www.mojeek.com Mojeek 2004 Hyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpgHyuna-approves.jpg Nope Privacy-respecting
SymbolHound symbolhound.com David Crane circa 2010's User-trash-full.png Nope Unclear Alright for programming related queries, useless for everything else
YaCy There is a variety of publicly available nodes.

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http://79.8.184.204:8090
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Free software
(Peer-to-Peer)
2005 User-trash-full.png User-trash-full.png Depends on the node You can install YaCy and run your own node.
Yandex yandex.com Yandex 1997 Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg Big Brother Owned and operated by the Russians.

Czech

Search engine URL Company Launched Text Search Image Search Privacy Policy Note
Seznam www.seznam.cz

obrazky.seznam.cz (images)

Seznam.cz, a.s. 1996 ? Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg Collects a lot of data

Chinese

Search engine URL Company Launched Text Search Image Search Privacy Policy Note
Sogou www.sogou.com Tencent 2010 ? ? ?
Baidu www.baidu.com Baidu 2000 ? ? ?

German

Search engine URL Company Launched Text Search Image Search Note
MetaGer metager.de SUMA EV Kim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpgKim.Se-jeong.confused.jpg No Also available in English. Has it's own index (using Solr back-end).

Korean

Search engine URL Company Launched Text Search Image Search Note
Naver www.naver.com Naver Corp. 1999 Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg Yeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpgYeonjung-happy.jpg

Bing front-ends

Search engine URL Company Launched Privacy Policy 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.
Givero Givero, Denmark givero.com Donates a portion of their profits to a variety of causes like the rainforest, ocean cleanup and animal protection.
Qwant www.qwant.com Qwant (France) 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.

Google front-ends

Web portals who serve Google search results are forbidden from using results from other sources[1].

Search engine URL Company Launched Privacy Policy Note
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.


Yandex front-ends

Search engine URL Company Launched Privacy Policy Note
Swisscows swisscows.com Swisscows, Switzerland Privacy-respecting Swisscows does not state that it's merely a front-end for Yandex anywhere on its site. A few quick searches on make it obvious; the results and their order are nearly identical.

Metasearch engines

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.

MetaGer shows results from Bing and Yandex in addition to results from it's own index.

Footnotes

  1. "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

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