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Search answers on stackoverflow

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Search answers on Stack Overflow. Can use Google, Bing or DuckDuckGo search engine.

Just pass some keywords to the script and it will uses a search engine to find the most relevant pages on Stack Overflow.

Then, it will get the first code snippet from the question page or the full answer text.

Simple example:

$ askstack python delete dict key

Question: How to remove a key from a python dictionary?

my_dict.pop('key', None)

Answer from:


Question: Delete an item from a dictionary

del d[key]

Answer from:



  • Works on Python 2.7 and Python 3.4+


Install using pip:

pip install askstack


Usage: askstack keywords... [options]

search answers on stackoverflow

--version       show program's version number and exit
-h, --help      show this help message and exit
-a ANSWERS      number of answers to retrieve (default: 2)
-e ENGINE       search engine to use: 'google', 'bing', 'duckduckgo' or
                'fallback' - fallback will try google and fallback to bing
                and duckduckgo if a search fails (default: fallback)
-f, --fulltext  get the full answer text (default: disabled)
-s SLEEP        sleep time between requests (default: 0.5)
-t TIMEOUT      timeout in seconds to wait for reply (default: 5)


If you are feeling lucky, get only the first code snippet:

$ askstack linux gzip directory -a 1

Get full first answer:

$ askstack linux gzip directory -a 1 -f

Try to get three answers using only DuckDuckGo as the search engine:

$ askstack linux gzip directory -a 3 -e duckduckgo

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