🔍 Searx: a hackable metasearch engine

2020/06/20 by Paulo Pereira

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🔍 Searx: a hackable metasearch engine

Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled.

I recently learned about Searx and have been using it as my main search engine.

How to use

You basically have two option: install Searx in a machine controlled by you or use one of the available Searx-instances.

For now I’m using one of the instances, namely https://searx.pofilo.fr/.


You can set a different variety of preferences including:


You can search like in any search engine. In the advanced settings you can also choose the in wich categories you want to search and a time period.

advanced settings

Also you can use the prefix ! to search in a given category or search engine. As an example you can search for Linux in reddit by typing !re Linux.


In preferences you can see the available shortcuts in the Engines section.

Browser integration

I use Firefox and an extension called ‘New Tab Override’.

Here’s what I changed in Firefox Preferences:


Here’s what I changed in the ‘New Tab Override’ extension: