Hackernoon logoSearchPedia: A List of 250+ Search Engines by@vasa

SearchPedia: A List of 250+ Search Engines

Vaibhav Saini Hacker Noon profile picture

Vaibhav Saini

Entrepreneur | Co-founder @tbc_inc, an MIT CIC incubated startup | Speaker |https://vaibhavsaini.com

Book a call
with @vasa

An Exhaustive List of All Search Engines from the Dawn of the Internet

Since the dawn of the Internet Era, we have been flooded with an ocean of information. But without a good search engine, this ocean is useless.

Search Engines have gone through a great journey, we saw a lot of them, some came and went, and some stay to this date.

Here is an incomplete, but a big list of search engines. If you find something wrong or missing, then shoot your suggestions in the comments.

We have categorized the search engines according to their use-cases. Enjoy!

All-Purpose Search Engines

Google: Well, probably you used this for coming to this article. The world’s most popular search engine.
Visit: http://www.google.com

Bing Search: Microsoft’s entry into the burgeoning search engine market. Better late than never.
Visit: http://www.bing.com

DuckDuckGo: A search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.
Visit: https://duckduckgo.com/

Yahoo! Search: The 2nd largest search engine on the web (as defined by a September 2007 Nielsen NetRatings report.
Visit: http://www.yahoo.com

Mojeek: A search engine that focuses on protecting searchers’ privacy & provides it’s own unique and unbiased search results.
Visit: https://www.mojeek.com

AltaVista: Launched in 1995, built by researchers at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Western Research Laboratory. From 1996 powered Yahoo! Search, since 2003 — Yahoo technology powers AltaVista.
Visit: http://www.altavista.com

Cuil: Cuil was a search engine website (pronounced as Cool) developed by a team of ex-Googlers and others from Altavista and IBM. Cuil, termed as the ‘Google Killer’ was launched in July 2008 and claimed to be world’s largest search engine, indexing three times as many pages as Google and ten times that of MS. Now defunct.
Visit: http://www.cuil.com

Scandoo: The first search engine that evaluated results and warned users about links containing security threats (viruses, spyware, adware) and offensive or illegal content (pornography, gambling, pirated software) before users clicked on those links.
Visit: http://www.scandoo.com

Hakia: Founded in 2004, hakia was one of the first Semantic search engine.
Visit: http://www.hakia.com

Excite: Now an Internet portal was once one of the most recognized brands on the Internet. One of the famous 90’s dotcoms.
Visit: http://www.excite.com

Go.com: The Walt Disney Group’s search engine is now also an entire portal. Family-friendly!
Visit: http://www.go.com

HotBot: It was one of the early Internet search engines (since 1996) launched by Wired Magazine. Now, just a front end for Ask.com and MSN.
Visit: http://www.hotbot.com

AllTheWeb: Search tool owned by Yahoo and using its database, but presenting results differently.
Visit: http://www.alltheweb.com

Galaxy: More of a directory than a search engine. Launched in 1994, Galaxy was the first searchable Internet directory. Part of the Einet division at the MCC Research Consortium at the University of Texas, Austin
Visit: http://www.galaxy.com

search.aol: Now powered by Google. It is now official.
Visit: http://search.aol.com

Live Search (formerly Windows Live Search and MSN Search): Microsoft’s web search engine, designed to compete with Google and Yahoo!. Included as part of the Internet Explorer web browser.
Visit: http://www.live.com

Lycos: Initial focus was broadband entertainment content, still a top 5 Internet portal and the 13th largest online property according to Media Metrix.
Visit: http://www.lycos.com

GigaBlast: It was developed by an ex-programmer from Infoseek. Gigablast supports nested boolean search logic using parenthesis and infix notation. A unique search engine, it indexes over 10 billion web pages.
Visit: http://www.gigablast.com

Alexa Internet: A subsidiary of Amazon known more for providing website traffic information. Search was provided by Google, then Live Search, now in-house applications run their own search.
Visit: http://www.alexa.com


IFAC.com: For resources and information on IFRS and Accounting.

Bit Torrent

Btjunkie: An advanced BitTorrent search engine. It uses a web crawler (similar to Google) to search for torrent files from other torrent sites and store them in its database. It has over 1,800,000 active torrents.
Visit: http://btjunkie.org

Demonoid: A BitTorrent tracker set up by a person known only as Deimos. The website indexed torrents uploaded by its members. Taken offline after legal threats to its Hosting Company by CRIA.
Visit: http://www.demonoid.com

FlixFlux: From its website, “The ultimate torrent site for films, combining bittorrent search results with film information, making it easy to find new film releases.”
Visit: http://www.flixflulx.com

isoHunt: a comprehensive BitTorrent search engine, P2P file search, and community. Over 930,000 torrents in its database and 16 million peers from indexed torrents. Avg: 40 million searches per month.
Visit: http://isohunt.com/

Mininova: Successor to Suprnova.org — a search engine and directory of torrent files. Anonymous uploads, no IP address logging of users, no porn. over 550,000 torrents in the database, over 4 Billion downloads.
Visit: http://www.mininova.com

The Pirate Bay (aka “TPB”): Based in Sweden where torrent trackers are not illegal. No content is filtered or removed as long as it is clearly labeled.
Visit: http://thepiratebay.org

TorrentSpy: Tracks externally hosted torrent files and provides a forum to comment on them. Integrates Digg-like user-driven content site ShoutWire’s feed into its front page.
Visit: http://www.torrentspy.com

Torrentz: Tracks nearly 7 million torrents in a searchable portal.
Visit: http://www.torrentz.com


Amatomu: The South African Blogosphere, sorted. Amatomu searches blogs with a distinct focus on South Africa.
Visit: http://www.amatomu.com

Bloglines: It is a web-based news aggregator for reading syndicated feeds using the RSS and Atom formats. Sold to Ask.com in 2005.
Visit: http://www.bloglines.com/

Blogperfect: Google Powered Blog Search

BlogScope: Search & analysis tool for the blogosphere being developed as part of a research project at the University of Toronto. It currently tracks over 23.5 million blogs with 275.6million posts.
Visit: http://www.blogscope.net

IceRocket: An Internet search engine for searching blogs.
Visit: http://www.icerocket.com

Sphere: It connects your current articles to contextually relevant content from your archives as well as from Blog Posts, Media Articles, Video, Photos, and Ads from across the Web.
Visit: http://www.sphere.com

Technorati: It catalogs over 112 million weblogs. Known as a kind of gauge for blog popularity as epitomized by its byline of “What’s percolating in blogs now”. A supporter and contributor to open source software.


Blippar: A search engine(2011–18) based on AR. Now defunct.
Visit: https://www.blippar.com/

SVRF: A search engine for AR/VR content.
Visit: https://www.svrf.com


FreeBookSearch.net — Comprehensive book searching portal with more than 30 search engines in its archive, the site searches hundreds of digital libraries and also scours the net for hidden books.
Visit: http://www.freebooksearch.net

Google Book Search: The power of Google to find books. Google’s entry will not let you see full text if the copyright is still active in your jurisdiction.
Visit: http://books.google.com

Pdf Drive: The Search engine for PDF files(mainly eBooks).
Visit: http://pdfdrive.net


Alibaba.com Claims to be the world’s largest database of suppliers. Based in China, it is a marketplace of export and import, offers search, company directory, catalog, trade leads and more.
Visit: http://www.alibaba.com

Bankersalmanac.com: It provides intelligent reference data solutions to the banking industry for payments, due diligence, risk assessment and financial research.
Visit: http://www.bankersalmanac.com

business.com: contains more than 400,000 listings within about 65,000 categories. Search results are preceded by four types of paid links.
Visit: http://www.business.com

Hoovers: A Dun & Bradstreet Company, maintains a database of over 23 million companies. Some information is provided free, other information is available to paid subscribers. Good for company stock information.
Visit: http://www.hoovers.com

Kompass: 2.3M companies in 70 countries referenced by 57.000 product & service keywords 860.000 trade names and 4.6M executive names. A guide for worldwide sourcing.
Visit: http://www.kompass.com

Lexis Nexis: LexisNexis claims to be the “world’s largest collection of public records, unpublished opinions, forms, legal, news, and business information”. A searchable archive of newspapers, public records & more.
Visit: http://www.lexisnexis.com

ThomasNet: Powered by the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers (The Big Green Books published since 1898). Catalogs over 650,000 American companies in 67,000 categories.
Visit: http://www.thomasnet.com


Email-Search.org: A mini-portal with a number of tools for searching email addresses. Find current, former email addresses, extract them from the web.
Visit: http://www.email-search.org

Nicado: Free to register, Search email addresses. The Nicado search engine allows registered users to search the Nicado database using an email address or telephone number.
Visit: http://www.nicado.net

TEK: This search engine is an email-based search engine developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The search engine enables users to search the Web using only email. It is intended to be used by people with low internet connectivity.
Visit: http://tek.sourceforge.net/


AskMeNow: S3 — Semantic Search Solution for mobile telephones. AskMeNow offers a consumer mobile search utilizing proprietary technology & natural language based interaction.
Visit: http://www.askmenow.com

Autonomy: IDOL Server (Intelligent Data Operating Layer), K2 Enterprise (Formerly Verity), Ultraseek
Visit: http://www.autonomy.com

Dieselpoint: Search & Navigation. Dieselpoint provides an advanced full-text search with data navigation capability. It gives users highly relevant results not possible with either traditional search engines or SQL databases.
Visit: http://www.dieselpoint.com

dtSearch Engine (SDK), dtSearch Web. dtSearch provides simple to use but very powerful tools which create and maintain full-text indexes of documents and data. Terabytes of text can be searched.
Visit: http://www.dtsearch.com

Endeca: Endeca’s search and information access solutions help enterprises find, analyze, and understand information. This is the Guided Navigation experience.
Visit: http://www.endeca.com

Exalead: exalead one: Enterprise. Exalead — Internet search engine, image search engine, video search engine … WebImagesWikipediaVideoMore » · Advanced search. 8 billion pages indexed to date.
Visit: http://www.exalead.com

Expert System Sp. A. (Cogito) is a pioneer in developing semantic technologies to understand and manage unstructured information. Expert System’s semantic approach enables rapid classification of information.
Visit: http://www.expertsystem.net

Fast Search & Transfer: Enterprise Search Platform (ESP), RetrievalWare (formerly Convera)
Visit: http://www.fastsearch.com/

Funnelback: It is an Internet and Enterprise search engine company offering a suite of search solutions, hosted solution for the web and a fully customizable enterprise solution for searching behind the firewall.
Visit: http://www.funnelback.com

Google Search Appliance: Make it as easy for employees to find information inside your organization as it is to find information on google.com. Deploy a Google Search Appliance.
Visit: http://www.google.com/enterprise/gsa/

Microsoft’s SharePoint Search Services: Microsoft Search Server (MSS) is an enterprise search platform from Microsoft, based on MS Office SharePoint Server. MSS shares its architecture with Windows Search.
Visit: http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/default.mspx

Northern Light Search: Search articles from over 800 online news feeds and over 1,000 industry authority blogs.
Visit: http://www.northernlight.com/nlsearch.html

Open Text (Hummingbird): Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software solutions supporting +/- 20 million seats across 13,000 deployments in 114 countries and 12 languages worldwide.
Visit: http://www.opentext.com/

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g, a standalone product from Oracle, enables a secure, high quality, easy-to-use search across all enterprise information assets.
Visit: http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/oses/index.html

SAP NetWeaver Search and Classification (TREX) finds information in both structured and unstructured data. TREX provides SAP applications with services for searching and classifying large collections of documents.
Visit: http://help.sap.com/search/sap_trex.jsp

TeraText Suite: Most data resides in semi-structured, primarily textual documents, not in structured, organizational repositories. Teratext is designed for text-rich data repositories.
Visit: http://www.saic.com/products/software/teratext/

Vivisimo: A Clustering Engine developed by scientists based upon a mathematical algorithm and deep linguistic knowledge to find relationships between search terms and bring them to light. (Web search: Clusty)
Visit: http://www.vivisimo.com

ZyIMAGE: Information Access Platform for government and corporates. It does capture, archiving, searching, security, and context-specific content-management.
Visit: http://www.zylab.com/


Omgili (Oh My God, I Love It!): Find out what people are saying. Personal experiences, solutions to problems, ideas, and opinions.
Visit: http://www.omgili.com


Cheatsearch.org: Finds Game Cheats from all over the web. Searches all of the most popular cheat sites and forums to find cheats for any game.
Visit: http://www.cheatsearch.org

Genie Knows: A division of IT Interactive Services Inc., a Canadian vertical search engine company concentrating on niche markets: health search, video games search, and local business directory search.
Visit: http://www.genieknows.com

Wazap: It is a vertical search engine, video game database and social networking site that distributes gaming news, rankings, cheats, downloads, and reviews.
Visit: http://www.wazap.com

Human Search

ChaCha Search: It is a search engine that pays human “guides” to answer questions for users. This is a technique known as social searching.
Visit: http://www.chacha.com

Eurekster: It is a New Zealand company, with an office located in San Francisco, California, that builds social search engines for use on websites, the search engines are called swickis (search+wicki).
Visit: http://www.eurekster.com

Mahalo.com: It is a web directory (or human search engine) — the project is in beta test. It differentiates itself from algorithmic search engines by tracking and building hand-crafted results for searches.
Visit: http://www.mahalo.com

Rollyo is a Yahoo!-powered search engine which allows users to register accounts and create search engines that only retrieve results from the websites and blogs they want to include in their search results.
Visit: http://www.rollyo.com

Trexy: Search trails are the click pathways you create while searching and finding information on 4,000+ search engines. Record and share your “search trails”. Easier searching of the “deep web”.
Visit: http://trexy.com/

Wink: Wink People Search: Over 333,304,647 people on social networks and across the Web. Find people using name search, location, school, work, interests, and more.
Visit: http://www.wink.com


Quasar: An Open, Decentralized, Anonymous search engine on IPFS.
Visit: https://clusterlabs.io/quasar/

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet.
Visit: https://yacy.net

Desearch: A search engine for crypto related stuff.
Visit: https://desearch.com/

Ipfs-search: Another search engine on IPFS.
Visit: https://ipfs-search.com/


Accoona: A search engine that uses artificial intelligence. In addition to traditional searches, it allows business profile searches and its signature “SuperTarget” feature. Partnered with China Daily, a large Chinese portal.

Alleba: Philippines search engine and highly organized directory of Filipino websites.
Visit: http://www.alleba.com

Ansearch: Australia/NZ/UK/US. Ansearch Ltd is involved in various online media activities, including the Ansearch.com.au search engine and the Soush online media network
Visit: http://www.ansearch.com.au

Araby: Middle East — Arabic language search engine owned by the Maktoob Group, which owns the world’s largest online Arab community; Maktoob.com. (Arabic only)
Visit: http://www.araby.com/

Baidu: China — The Google of China, Baidu is doing what no other Internet company has been able to do: clobbering Google and Yahoo in its home market.
Visit: http://www.baidu.com

Daum: Korea — Daum is a popular web portal in South Korea which offers many Internet services including search, a popular free web-based e-mail, messaging service, forums, shopping, and news.
Visit: http://www.daum.net

Guruji.com: India — an Indian Internet search engine that is focused on providing better search results to Indian consumers, by leveraging proprietary algorithms and data in the Indian context.
Visit: http://www.guruji.com

goo: Japan — an Internet search engine and web portal based in Japan, which crawls and indexes primarily Japanese language websites. goo is operated by the Japanese telecom giant NTT.
Visit: http://www.goo.ne.jp

Miner.hu: Hungary — a vertical search engine for searching blogs, videos and other Hungarian content on the internet. Miner.hu indexes about 129.000 blogs.
Visit: http://www.miner.hu

Najdi.si: Slovenia — a Slovenian search engine and web portal created by Interseek. It’s the most visited website in Slovenia. It uses a technology created by Interseek written entirely in Java
Visit: http://www.najdi.si

Naver: Korea — The undisputed number 1 search engine in Korea with over 16 million visitors and 1 billion pageviews per day.
Visit: http://www.naver.com

Onet: Poland — Polish language web portal and search.
Visit: http://www.onet.pl

Onkosh: Middle East — Arabic language search.
Visit: http://www.onkosh.com

Rambler: Russia -offers proprietary web search (Rambler Search), e-mail, rating and directory, media, e-commerce, and other services to the Russian-speaking websurfer.
Visit: http://www.rambler.ru

Rediff: India — India’s leading internet portal for news, mail, messenger, entertainment, business, mobile, e-commerce, shopping, auctions, search, sports and more.
Visit: http://www.rediff.com

SAPO: Portugal — Portuguese language search based in Portugal and focused on Portugal.
Visit: http://www.sapo.pt

Search.ch: Switzerland — a search engine and web portal for Switzerland. Founded in 1995 as a regional search engine, later many other services were added: phonebook, SMS service. Acquired by the Swiss Post.
Visit: http://www.search.ch

Sesam: Norway, Sweden — Based in Norway and focused on Norway and Sweden.
Visit: http://www.sesam.no

Walla!: Israel — Search the web in Hebrew with an Israel focus.
Visit: http://www.walla.co.il/

Yandex: Russia — Yandex (Russian: Я́ндекс) is a Russian search engine and one of the largest Russian Web portals. Yandex was launched in 1997.
Visit: http://www.yandex.ru


Bixee (India): Comprehensive job search for India.
Visit: http://www.bixee.com

Career Builder: The career builder website.
Visit: http://www.careerbuilder.com

Craig’s List: is a centralized network of online communities, with free classified ads (with jobs, internships, housing, personals, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories) and forums.
Visit: http://www.craigslist.com

CV Fox: A search engine that is designed to hunt down and retrieve resumes (CV’s) from all over the Internet. Free to use, has become a popular tool with professional recruiters.
Visit: http://www.cvfox.com

Dice.com is the #1 technology job board. For technology experts in areas such as Information Technology (IT), software, high tech, security, biotech, and more. Recently purchased eFinancialCareers.com.
Visit: http://www.dice.com

Eluta.ca (Canada) — High-paying jobs in Canada directly from employers’ websites. Seach new full-time jobs at 71000+ employers across Canada.
Visit: http://www.eluta.ca

Hot Jobs (Yahoo): Find a job, post your resume, research careers at featured companies, compare salaries and get career advice on Yahoo! HotJobs.
Visit: http://www.hotjobs.com

Incruit (Korea): Incruit claims to be the first Korean matchmaking site between job seekers and companies and claims the first Korean Internet résumé database (June 1. 1998).
Visit: http://www.incruit.com

Indeed.com: A job ‘meta-search’ that scours job boards, newspapers and multiple sources with one search interface.
Visit: http://www.indeed.com

Jobs.pl (Poland): Run by an American/Polish team of MBA’s, Poland’s leading job portal. Partially owned by European Media Group “Orkla Press” from Scandinavia.
Visit: http://www.jobs.pl

JobsDB (Asia/Pacific): An Asia/Pacific focused job and recruitment site with databases dedicated to each country in the Asia/Pacific region.
Visit: http://www.jobsdb.com

JobPilot (Owned by Monster): A European job site now owned by Monster.com. Focused on European jobs with branches in a number of European countries.
Visit: http://www.jobpilot.com

Jobserve: UK based job search focused originally on IT Contracting work, but now covering multiple areas. Resume database, a large number of job postings.
Visit: http://www.jobserve.com

Monster.com: The world’s largest resume database and online job search.
Visit: http://www.monster.com

Naukri.com (India): An India-focused job search engine.
Visit: http://www.naukri.com

Recruit.net: A job search engine that allows you to search jobs worldwide.
Visit: http://www.recruit.net

SimplyHired.com: Search over 5 million job listings and thousands of jobs sites to find a job you love.
Visit: http://www.simplyhired.com

StepStone (Europe): European online recruitment site based in Scandinavia with operations and subsidiaries throughout Europe.
Visit: http://www.stepstone.com

TheLadders.com (USA) Job search for professional jobs in the most comprehensive source of $100K+ jobs on the internet.
Visit: http://www.theladders.com


Canadian Law List: List of Canadian lawyers.
Visit: http://www.canadianlawlist.com

Lawyers.com: Another LexisNexis company
Visit: http://www.lawyers.com

FindLaw: Search FindLaw’s database of 1,000,000 lawyers to find attorneys in your area. All Topics in FindLaw are geared for the Public, by Subject Area.
Visit: http://www.lawyers.findlaw.com

The Lawyers’ List: Search for lawyers all across the United States.
Visit: http://www.thelawyerlist.net

LexisNexis: Provider of legal, government, business and high-tech information sources. By subscription only.
Visit: http://www.lexis.com

Martindale.com and LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
Visit: http://www.martindale.com

QuickLaw: LexisNexis owned portal for searching for lawyers and things legal (Canada)
Visit: http://www.lexisnexis.ca/


Géoportail: French Geographic portal. French language only.
Visit: http://www.geoportail.com

Google Maps: Provides directions, interactive maps, and satellite/aerial imagery of the United States as well as other countries. Can also search by keyword such as type of business.
Visit: http://www.googlemaps.com

MapQuest (AOL) was founded in 1967 as Cartographic Services, a division of R.R. Donnelley & Sons & became an independent company in 1994. MapQuest was acquired in 2000 by America Online, Inc.
Visit: http://www.mapquest.com

Michelin (Via Michelin): The European map specialists’ webpage includes standard map features with good European coverage.
Visit: http://www.viamichelin.com

Windows Live Maps: Enter an address, click enter… be sure to check out “Bird’s Eye View”. You can see a close-up aerial view of nearly any US Address and many foreign ones. Amazing.
Visit: http://maps.live.com

Yahoo Maps: Maps, directions, reverse-direction satellite view but no ‘bird’s-eye-view’.
Visit: http://maps.yahoo.com


Bioinformatic Harvester: From the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Bioinformatic Harvester crawls and crosslinks dozens of bioinformatic sites and serves 10’s of thousands of pages daily.
Visit: http://harvester.fzk.de/harvester/

Entrez (Pubmed): The life sciences search engine.
Visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/gquery

EB-Eye — EMBL-EBI’s (European Bioinformatics Institute): Open-source, high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. Very fast access to the EBI’s data resources.
Visit: http://www.ebi.ac.uk/

Genie Knows: A division of IT Interactive Services Inc., a Canadian vertical search engine company concentrating on niche markets: health search, video games search, and local business directory search.
Visit: http://www.genieknows.com

GoPubMed: Knowledge-based: GO — GeneOntology — Searching sorted — Social network and folksonomy for sciences.
Visit: http://www.gopubmed.com

Healia: The health search engine. From the site, “The high quality and personalized health search engine”.
Visit: http://www.healia.com

KMLE (King’s Medical Library Engine): Full American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary comprehensive resource including tens of thousands of audio pronunciations and abbreviation guides.
Visit: http://www.kmle.com

MeSH — Medical Subject Headings (GoPubMed): Knowledge-based.
Visit: http://www.meshpubmed.com

SearchMedica: Professional Medical Search
Visit: http://www.searchmedica.com

WebMD: A source for health information, a symptom checklist, pharmacy information, and a place to store personal medical information. The leading US Health portal, it scores over 40 million hits per month.
Visit: http://www.webmd.com


Brainboost: Now Answers.com. Type in a question in natural language, get an answer.
Visit: http://www.brainboost.com

Clusty: The clustering search engine powered by Vivisimo.
Visit: http://www.clusty.com

Dogpile: Brings together searches from the top search engines including Google, Yahoo! Search, Live Search, Ask.com, About, MIVA, LookSmart, and more.
Visit: http://www.dogpile.com

Excite: Now an Internet portal was once one of the most recognized brands on the Internet. One of the famous 90’s dotcoms.
Visit: http://www.excite.com

HotBot was one of the early Internet search engines (since 1996) launched by Wired Magazine. Now, just a front end for Ask.com and MSN.
Visit: http://www.hotbot.com

Info.com: Metasearch bringing together results from the top search engines.
Visit: http://www.info.com

ixquick: Eliminate Big Brother! The Ixquick metasearch engine permanently deletes all personal search details gleaned from its users. Based in the Netherlands, results come from 11 search engines.
Visit: http://www.ixquick.com/

Kayak: Metasearch for travel — search 140 travel sites all at once for the best deals and buy tickets and make reservations direct.
Visit: http://www.kayak.com

Krozilo is a virtual web browser, similar to My Yahoo!, iGoogle, Pageflakes, Netvibes, and Microsoft Live. Krozilo uses AJAX and DHTML, so does not require installation.
Visit: http://www.krozilo.com

Mamma: “The Mother of All Search Engines” — was one of the web’s first metasearch engines (1996). Now owned by Copernic Inc. of Montreal, Canada, Mamma.com is a tier 2 search engine.
Visit: http://www.mamma.com

MetaCrawler is a metasearch engine that blends the top web search results from Google, Yahoo!, Live Search, Ask.com, About.com, MIVA, LookSmart and other popular search engines.
Visit: http://www.metacrawler.com

MetaLib is a federated search system developed by Ex Libris. MetaLib conducts simultaneous searches in multiple resources such as library catalogs, journal articles, newspapers, and the web.
Visit: http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/MetaLibOverview

Mobissimo.com is a travel meta-search website. Like other travel meta-search websites, Mobissimo does not sell directly to the consumer but consolidates travel offerings for a referral fee.
Visit: http://www.mobissimo.com

Myriad Search: Ad-free search lets users select results from Ask Jeeves, Google, MSN, and Yahoo! Select search depth and place a bias on the search results from the major search engines.
Visit: http://www.myriadsearch.com

Sidestep: Searches over 200 travel-related websites for airfares & the best deals on airfare. Find cheap airfares, discount hotels, car rentals and cruise deals to popular travel destinations worldwide.
Visit: http://www.sidestep.com

Surfwax offers a variety of tools for finding, saving, and sharing information on the Internet, including Nextaris, the law-article research site LawKT, the SurfWax meta-search and SurfWax Scholar services.
Visit: http://www.surfwax.com

Turbo10.com is a metasearch engine which uncovers information in the Invisible Web. Turbo10 can access information from 800 online databases and searches 10 databases simultaneously.
Visit: http://www.turbo10.com

WebCrawler was used to build the first publicly-available full-text index of a subset of the Web. WebCrawler® brings users the top search results from Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live, Ask and other popular search engines.
Visit: http://www.webcrawler.com


YouTube: Owned by Google, the web’s largest media site. This search will search through the videos of YouTube only.
Visit: http://www.youtube.com

blinkx: Over 18 million hours of video. Search it all. Blinkx is a multi-media metasearch engine searching the media files of sites such as YouTube, MetaCafe, GoogleVideo, MySpace and more.
Visit: http://www.blinkx.com

FreeBookSearch.net: The famous book searching portal also searches for audiobooks. This same search will also find MP3 files.
Visit: http://www.blinkx.com

SoundCloud: A famous platform for music; mainly for upcoming artists.
Visit: http://soundcloud.com/

FindSounds: Search engine to find any kind of sound file: WAV, MP3, AIFF, AU — search by sample rate and quality… a great place to find those sound effects.
Visit: http://www.findsounds.com

Tenor: A great Search Engine for GIFS.
Visit: http://tenor.com

Unsplash: A search engine for Free, awesome pics.
Visit: https://unsplash.com/

MetaCafe: Search videos hosted by MetaCafe. If you are a producer of videos, you can get paid for videos — the more viewers, the more cash.
Visit: http://www.metacafe.com

Musgle: Music Search (mp3, wav, etc.): Based upon a JavaScript that automatically inserts a clever boolean search string into Google to return catalogs of hidden MP3 and Music files.
Visit: http://www.musgle.com

PBS provides resources to air its standard programming & also provides its audience with multiple online archives of specific video programs. All video archives can be searched for any spoken word pronounced in them.
Visit: http://www.pbs.com

Picsearch: Search the web for images. An image search service with more than 2,000,000,000 pictures.
Visit: http://www.picsearch.com

Podscope: “Introducing: the first search engine that can find podcasts according to the words spoken during them!”. Finds audio and video files based on actual content!
Visit: http://www.podscope.com

SpeechBot was a search engine for audio & video. It was created by HP Research, but unfortunately, is now offline.
Visit: #

Singing Fish: An audio and video search engine, now AOL media search.
Visit: http://www.singingfish.com

StrimOO: a Video search engine. Find videos on Youtube, Metacafe, Dailymotion and more with one search.
Visit: http://www.singingfish.com

TVEyes: TVEyes makes Radio & TV searchable by keyword, phrase or topic — just as you would use a search engine for text. TVEyes is the first company to deliver real-time TV and Radio search.
Visit: http://www.tveyes.com

Veveo / VTap: a video search platform for mobile phones. Vtap is an offering from Veveo and it currently works on Apple iPhones as well as Microsoft Mobile-powered phones.
Visit: http://www.veveo.net

Web-Cam-Search.com: Search and hack nearly a million webcams for free on the net. This search uses Boolean scripting to uncover cams — public & supposedly ‘private’. :-)
Visit: http://www.web-cam-search.com


Google News: News by Google. Search and browse 4,500 news sources updated continuously.
Visit: http://www.news.google.com

MagPortal: Find individual articles from many freely accessible magazines by browsing the categories or using the search engine. You can mark articles or find similar articles with several useful tools.
Visit: http://www.magportal.com

NewsLookup.com: Search thousands of news sites by the source region and media type. News headlines updated continuously.
Visit: http://www.newslookup.com

LexisNexis: Provider of legal, government, business and high-tech information sources. By subscription only.
Visit: http://www.nexis.com

Topix is a news aggregator which categorizes news stories by topic and geography. It was created by the founders of the Open Directory Project. Knight Ridder, Tribune Company and Gannett own 75% of Topix.net.
Visit: http://www.topix.net

Yahoo News: Use Yahoo! News to find breaking news, current events, the latest headlines, news photos, analysis & opinion on top stories, world, business, politics…
Visit: http://news.yahoo.com/


DataparkSearch Engine is a full-featured open source web-based search engine released under the GNU General Public License and designed to organize search within a website, group of websites, intranet or local system.
Visit: http://www.dataparksearch.com

Egothor is an Open Source, high-performance, full-featured text search engine written entirely in Java. It can be configured as a standalone engine, metasearcher, peer-to-peer HUB, etc.
Visit: http://www.egothor.org/

gonzui is a source code search engine for accelerating open source software development — a source code search engine that covers vast quantities of open source codes available on the Internet.
Visit: http://gonzui.sourceforge.net/

Grub started back in 2000 with a simple concept of distributing part of the search process pipeline: crawling. Their website claims, “We want to help fix search.”
Visit: http://www.grub.org/

ht://Dig is a complete world wide web indexing and searching system for a domain or intranet. ht://Dig is meant to cover the search needs for a single company, campus, or website.
Visit: http://www.htdig.org/

iSearch: PHP search engine allows you to build a searchable database for your website. Visitors can search for keywords and a list of any pages that match is returned to them.
Visit: http://www.isearch.com

Apache Lucene: It is a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. Full-text search & cross-platform. Apache Lucene is an open source project available for free download.
Visit: http://lucene.apache.org/

Lemur Toolkit is an open-source toolkit designed to facilitate research in language modeling and information retrieval. Lemur supports a wide range of industrial and research language applications.
Visit: http://www.lemurproject.org/

mnoGoSearch: Web search engine software.
Visit: http://www.mnogosearch.org/

Namazu is a full-text search engine intended for easy use. Not only does it work as a small or medium scale Web search engine, but also as a personal search. (Namazu means “Catfish” in Japanese.)
Visit: http://www.namazu.com

Nutch is an effort to build an open source search engine based on Lucene Java for the search and index component. The fetcher (“robot” or “web crawler”) has been written from scratch solely for this project.
Visit: http://lucene.apache.org/nutch/

OpenFTS: OpenSource Full-Text Search is an advanced PostgreSQL-based search engine that provides online indexing of data and relevance ranking for database searching.
Visit: http://openfts.sourceforge.net

Sciencenet: For scientific knowledge based on YaCy Technology. Current search engines are based on popularity and/or sponsored links. This makes it difficult for scientists/students/teachers. Sciencenet is the solution.
Visit: http://liebel.fzk.de/collaborations/sciencenet-search-engine-based-on-yacy-p2p-technology

Sphinx is a free software search engine designed with indexing database content in mind. It currently supports MySQL and PostgreSQL natively. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2.
Visit: http://www.sphinxsearch.com/

SWISH-Enhanced (Simple Web Indexing System for Humans — Enhanced) is a fast, powerful, flexible, free, and easy to use system for indexing collections of Web pages or other text files.
Visit: http://swish-e.org/

Terrier is software for the rapid development of Web, intranet and desktop search engines. A modular platform for the rapid development of large-scale Information Retrieval applications.
Visit: http://ir.dcs.gla.ac.uk/terrier/

Wikia Search: Jimmy Wales and Wikia aim to create an open source Internet search engine, to which the community can contribute.
Visit: http://search.wikia.com/wiki/Search_Wikia

Xapian is an Open Source Search Engine Library, released under the GPL. It’s written in C++, with bindings to allow use from Perl, Python, PHP, Java, Tcl, C# and Ruby (so far!)
Visit: http://www.xapian.org

YaCy is a scalable personal web crawler and web search engine. One YaCy installation can store more than 10 million documents, but in a community of search peers, YaCy can provide a search index of unlimited size.
Visit: http://www.yacy.net

Zettair is a compact and fast text search engine designed and written by the Search Engine Group at RMIT University. It was formerly known as Lucy.
Visit: http://www.zettair.com


AnyWho.com: Part of AT&T, mostly a telephone directory and reverse phone number directory.
Visit: http://www.anywho.com

Ex.plode.us: Explode is an easy way to find friends and those with common interests, no matter what social network or service they use.
Visit: http://ex.plode.us

Finding-People.com: Finding-People.com is the best place to start a people search, as they have a huge number of tools all in one place to find whomever you seek.
Visit: http://ex.plode.us

InfoSpace: From their webpage, “The yellow pages and white pages directory from InfoSpace is the most convenient way to find people and businesses.”
Visit: http://www.infospace.com

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site used for professional networking. As of March 2008, it had more than 20 million registered users. An easy way to search for business people or professionals.
Visit: http://www.linkedin.com

Spock advertises itself as, “The world’s most accurate people search. Sign up to find people you know.”
Visit: http://www.spock.com

Wink is a free people search engine that helps you find people at social networks, blogs, and across the Web.
Visit: http://www.wink.com

Zabasearch: Honestly free people search. All US postal addresses & telephone numbers revealed free. 3-times more listings than white pages phone directory.
Visit: http://www.zabasearch.com

ZoomInfo: Founded in 1999, ZoomInfo is a Web-based service that extracts information about people and companies from millions of published resources.
Visit: http://www.zoominfo.com

Question and Answer

Quora: One of the most popular question and answer platform and search engine.
Visit: http://www.about.com

StackOverflow. One of the most popular programming QnA site.
Visit: https://stackoverflow.com

StackExchange: QnA site for a diverse set of fields.
Visit: https://stackexchange.com/

About.com. The majority of their results come from their own site. Used to be miningco.com.
Visit: http://www.about.com

Answers.com offers free access to millions of topics from the world’s leading publishers.
Visit: http://www.Answers.com

Ask Jeeves was designed to allow users to get answers to questions posed in everyday, natural language. Ask.com was the first such commercial question-answering search engine for the Web.
Visit: http://www.ask.com

AskMeNow: Questions answered from your mobile telephone. From their site, “We thought it would be cool if we could get simple answers from our phone anytime, anywhere — so we built AskMeNow.”
Visit: http://www.askmenow.com

AskWiki Beta is a preliminary integration of a semantic search engine that seeks to provide specific answers to questions using information from Wikipedia articles.
Visit: http://www.askwiki.com

Brainboost: Now Answers.com. Type in a question in natural language, get an answer.
Visit: http://www.brainboost.com

eHow is an online knowledge resource with more than 140000 articles and videos offering step-by-step instructions on “how to do just about everything”
Visit: http://www.ehow.com

Lexxe processes natural language queries and delivers results in clusters by topic. Queries can be keywords, phrases or short questions.
Visit: http://www.lexxe.com

Lycos iQ is a community-driven “human search” site by Lycos Europe GmbH. Users on iQ can post questions and answers in a similar manner to sites such as Yahoo Answers, Google Answers, and Wondir.com.
Visit: http://iq.lycos.co.uk/

Powerset is betting on the wisdom of the crowds with a new online community site called Powerset Labs. The company hopes the site will get people to help build and improve its search engine.
Visit: http://www.powerset.com

Windows Live QnA: Ask any question and get answers from people in the know. Try it. Real answers. A little late to a crowded market, but Windows is there now too.
Visit: http://qna.live.com/

Yahoo! Answers is a community-driven knowledge market website launched by Yahoo! that allows users to ask questions of other users and answer other users’ questions. Over 60 million users.
Visit: http://answers.yahoo.com/

Real Estate

ForSaleByOwner.com: Search homes being sold by their owners without the intermediation of realtors — save on commission.
Visit: http://www.forsalebyowner.com

Home.co.uk: Comprehensive Property Search for UK houses for sale, estate agents, house prices and guides on buying and selling property and mortgages advice.
Visit: http://www.home.co.uk

Inman News: Real Estate News search.
Visit: http://www.inman.com

Properazzi.com is an online real estate search engine. Launched in March of 2007 by Yannick Laclau, it allows users to search and view property listings for Europe.
Visit: http://www.properazzi.com

Realtor.com: The official site of the National Association of Realtors. Search listed properties all across America.
Visit: http://www.realtor.com

Rightmove: Find property online, search a wide range of property for sale in various areas in the UK, London and Overseas with Rightmove.
Visit: http://www.rightmove.co.uk

Trulia: Find property online, agents can list their properties free, a robust real estate portal for homebuyers and sellers.
Visit: http://www.trulia.com

Zillow provides free real estate information including homes for sale, comparable homes, historical sales, home valuation tools and more.
Visit: http://www.zillow.com

Schools and Colleges

The College Search Engine.com: Searches the websites of colleges and universities worldwide, not just the USA. If it is on a university website somewhere, this search engine will find it.
Visit: http://www.thecollegesearchengine.com

Skoolz.org: Search colleges and universities. Use this search to search only the websites of colleges — to find courses, information, professors, curricula, etc.
Visit: http://www.skoolz.org

Google University Search allows you to search a specific site — one school at a time. The list of schools is comprehensive. Skoolz searches them all at once, Google University Search allows them to be searched one at a time.
Visit: http://www.google.com/options/universities.html


Scirus: The most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. Over 450 million scientific items indexed at last count. Search journals, scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents, more…
Visit: http://www.scirus.com


Amazon: The online retail Giant.
Visit: https://amazon.com

Google Product Search: (Formerly Froogle) use Google to search for the best deals on products when you are shopping.
Visit: http://www.google.com/products

Kelkoo: A Yahoo! company. Also powers Yahoo! Shopping in several countries.
Visit: http://www.kelkoo.com

MSN Shopping: Comparison shopping made easy: Offering 33,155,627 products from over 8,000 stores — all in one place — and over 470 pages of shopping advice to help you make the right choices.
Visit: http://shopping.msn.com/

MySimon: Price Comparison Shopping
Visit: http://www.mysimon.com

Nextag Comparison Shopping. Product directory and search. Shows popular searches — what others are searching for.
Visit: http://www.nextag.com

PriceGrabber.com: “Comparison Shopping beyond compare” Comparison shopping and search engine.
Visit: http://www.pricegrabber.com

PriceRunner: Price Comparison website and search engine
Visit: http://www.pricerunner.com

RetailMeNot: From the people who brought you “BugMeNot”, check here before you buy for discount coupons and promo codes. Why pay retail when you can find coupons at RetailMeNot?
Visit: http://www.retailmenot.com

Shopping.com: A shopping directory and search owned by eBay.
Visit: http://www.shopping.com

Shopwiki: Shopping directory and search cataloging some 241,416,304 products, and counting…
Visit: http://www.shopwiki.com

Shopzilla (Owned by Bizrate) helps shoppers find, compare and buy anything, sold by virtually anyone, anywhere. 20 million unique visitors according to ComScore. BizRate reviews stores and products.
Visit: http://www.shopzilla.com

TheFind.com is a discovery shopping search engine as opposed to a comparison search. The search database includes over 150 Million products from over 500,000 online stores.
Visit: http://www.thefind.com

Source Code

Google Codesearch: Searches public source code using a variety of parameters.
Visit: http://www.google.com/codesearch

JavaScriptSearch.org searches for javascripts, ajax, DHTML and JavaScript snippets from all over the web. The fastest way to find a JavaScript. Useful for web developers and webmasters.
Visit: http://www.javascriptsearch.org

JExamples analyzes the source code of Java open source projects such as Ant, Tomcat, and Batik and loads them into a java examples database for easy searching. Enter the name of a Java API Class and click Search.
Visit: http://www.jexamples.com

Koders Searces some 766,893,913 lines of open source code. Securely searches private source code. Create and share a custom code index that is easily searched from Visual Studio, Eclipse or any browser.
Visit: http://www.koders.com

Krugle Code Search Engine can turn your company’s code and related development assets into a searchable, shareable asset.
Visit: http://www.krugle.com

PHP Classes Repository: Find the PHP class you need at PHP Classes. The leading PHP site for coders. Everything PHP!
Visit: http://www.phpclasses.org/


Google Groups: Formerly Deja News, Google Groups lets you post on usenet forums without using a mail client via their easy-to-use web interface.
Visit: http:groups.google.com

Visual Search Engines

Grokker visual Meta Search Engine lets you choose which sites to search and presents the results in multiple views — outline view, map view.
Visit: http://www.grokker.com

Kartoo visual Meta Search Engine searches multiple search engines and presents its results in a visual map.
Visit: http://www.kartoo.com


Behavio: It develops software and services that allow mobile devices to sense, understand, and react to human behavior and context. Acquired by Google for context-based search.

Visit: http://www.behav.io/

Thanks for reading ;)

About the Author

Vaibhav Saini is a Co-Founder of TowardsBlockchain, an MIT Cambridge Innovation Center incubated startup.

He works as Senior blockchain developer and has worked on several blockchain platforms including Ethereum, Quorum, EOS, Nano, Hashgraph, IOTA etc.

He is currently a sophomore at IIT Delhi.

Learned something? Press and hold the 👏 to say “thanks!” and help others find this article.

Hold down the clap button if you liked the content! It helps me gain exposure .

Want to learn more? Checkout my previous articles.

Clap 50 times and follow me on Twitter: @vasa_develop

Vaibhav Saini Hacker Noon profile picture
by Vaibhav Saini @vasa. Entrepreneur | Co-founder @tbc_inc, an MIT CIC incubated startup | Speaker |https://vaibhavsaini.comInvite me as a Speaker


Join Hacker Noon

Create your free account to unlock your custom reading experience.