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A privacy-respecting, hackable metasearch engine

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A privacy-respecting, hackable metasearch engine.

List of running instances.

See the wiki for more information.

Flattr searx


  • Tracking free

  • Supports multiple output formats
    • json curl[query]

    • csv curl[query]

    • opensearch/rss curl[query]

  • Opensearch support (you can set as default search engine)

  • Configurable search engines/categories

  • Different search languages

  • Duckduckgo like !bang functionality with engine shortcuts

  • Parallel queries - relatively fast


  • clone source: git clone && cd searx

  • install dependencies: pip install -r requirements.txt

  • edit your settings.yml (set your secret_key!)

  • run python searx/ to start the application

For all the details, follow this step by step installation


Just run make. Versions of dependencies are pinned down inside versions.cfg to produce most stable build. Also remember, NO make command should be run as root, not even make production


  • clone source: git clone && cd searx

  • build in current folder: make production

  • run bin/supervisord to start the application


  • inside previously cloned searx directory run: git stash to temporarily save any changes you have made

  • pull source: git pull origin master

  • re-build in current folder: make production

  • run bin/supervisorctl stop searx to stop searx, if it does not, then run fuser -k 8888/tcp

  • run bin/supervisorctl reload to re-read supervisor config and start searx

Command make


Builds development environment with testing support.

make tests

Runs tests. You can write tests here and remember ‘untested code is broken code’.

make robot

Runs robot (Selenium) tests, you must have firefox installed because this functional tests actually run the browser and perform operations on it. Also searx is executed with settings_robot.

make flake8

‘pep8 is a tool to check your Python code against some of the style conventions in PEP 8.’

make coverage

Checks coverage of tests, after running this, execute this: firefox ./coverage/index.html

make production

Used to make co-called production environment - without tests (you should ran tests before deploying searx on the server). This installs supervisord, so if searx crashes, it will try to pick itself up again. And crontab entry is added to start supervisord at server boot.

make minimal

Minimal build - without test frameworks, the quickest build option.

make clean

Deletes several folders and files (see Makefile for more), so that next time you run any other make command it will rebuild everithing.


  • Moar engines

  • Better ui

  • Browser integration

  • Documentation

  • Fix flake8 errors, make flake8 will be merged into make tests when it does not fail anymore

  • Tests

  • When we have more tests, we can integrate Travis-CI


Bugs or suggestions? Visit the issue tracker.


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