Whenever you need to look for something online, you do a quick Google search. Though it is the most famous search engine, however, there are many other search engines that have different scope and set of features for users.
This post lists a number of alternative search engines you should know about. From privacy-centric and kid-friendly search engines to platforms to search for people, books, or free images the list has a lot to offer. Take and see if there’s one that piques your interest.
In this article:
General Search Engines
We’re skipping the search engines everyone knows about, so you won’t see Google, Yahoo, or Bing in this list.
- Aol — Aol offers search results combined with content from AOL. It allows searching for web pages, images & videos, news, tools, and more, and also offers filter options.
- Yandex — Yandex is a Russian service provider offering search engine, mail, maps and more. Its search service allows searching for images, videos, and more.
- ScrubTheWeb — ScrubTheWeb delivers organic search results and allows searching for web pages available in their member’s list only.
- Ecosia — Ecosia is a web search engine, which donates 80% of its surplus income to plant trees. It lets you search for web, images, news, videos, and more.
- MyWebSearch — MyWebSearch is search engine that shows results from Google. It lets you search for web, images & videos, news, shopping products, maps and more.
- Teoma — Teoma is an Internet search engine with its own link popularity algorithm. It lets people search for web, images & videos, news, recipes and more.
- InfoSpace — InfoSpace offers white-label search and monetization solutions. Its combined search engine lets you find web pages, images & videos and news.
- Giga Blast — Giga Blast indexes billions of pages and provides quick, latest information. It lets you search only for web pages, but with filters for enhanced search results.
- Boardreader — Search engine for forums and message boards.
- Infinity Search — Search for websites, images as well as other things like books, pdf files, food and more.
- Wiki.org — As its name suggest, this search engine pulls data from Wikipedia
- Internet Archive — Internet archive gives you a trip down the memory lane and offers millions of archived books, videos, music, websites, and other content. Plus, it has the WayBack Machine search feature that lets you look up from over 745 billion archived web pages.
- Listen Notes — Listen Notes is a search engine to find podcasts. There are different categories of podcasts that you search through keywords. Plus you can submit your own podcasts as well.
- SideReel — SideReel is a search engine for movies, web series, and TV shows. It catalogs over 22000 shows in high quality up for viewing form any device.
- Google Book Search — Search any book through its author, ISBN, keywords, or phrases through Google Books. You can filter your search through other elements as well including language, publisher, subject, or date.
- Ebook Searcher — Search any ebook on the internet through this search platform. The ebooks are free and compatible with Kindle, Kobo, PocketBook and many others that use ePUB format.
- EBook Search Engine — A straightforward ebook search engine. You can find any ebook through its title or keyword and the search results will be given from trusted sources.
- Fact Check Explorer — A fact checker tool from Google that lets you search about any fact you can think of.
Images and Icons Search Engines
- Iconfinder — A repository and search engine for free and premium icons.
- Image Search — Find photos from Facebook, Flickr, Zooomr, MySpace, Photobucket, Corbis and more.
- TinEye — A reverse image search engine that allows people to search images using images.
- Openverse — Search for Creative Common images and audio files.
- Unsplash — Unsplash is a great platform for searching high-quality visuals and photos. There are millions of images on the site and you can use the images in any personal or commercial project for free, though attribution may or may not be required.
- GIPHY — A search engine for GIFs about anything and everything. Apart form popular and trending GIFs, you can find a cool GIF on anything through suitable keyword.
- Flickr — Flicker lets you search high-quality photos and artwork from around the globe. You can also search for artists or groups through this platform.
- Pinterest — Pinterest is a social media platform plus a search engine brimming with interesting images. There are hundreds of pin boards/categories that you can like and posts images in.
- Flaticon — Flaticon is a wonderful resource that hosts thousands of high-quality icons in different styles. You an download any icon or sticker for free and use in your projects.
Kids-safe Search Engines
- Kiddle — Safe visual search engine for kids.
- Kidtopia — Kidtopia aid a search engine designed for kids and young adults. There are different interesting categories and sub categories to search from. Plus there are games and videos on this platform as well.
- Fact Monster — Fact Monster helps you with checking facts and information. ideal for kids, it hosts many child-friendly learning games and quizzes as well.
- KidzSearch — KidzSearch a kid-friendly platform to search for information, cool facts, music, images, videos and games. With simple interface kids can have a lot of fun searching for information.
Knowledge-base Search Engines
- Ask — Ask is a question-answer community cum search engine that allows searching for web, images, videos and news. You can also ask questions for getting quick answers.
- eHow — eHow is one of the oldest question & answer websites that allows people to search about almost any topic – from home decor to food and from finance to legal.
- Answers — Answers is a question-answer engine and community that lets people search for answers. You can directly ask questions and the sites answers them accurately.
- Wolfram Alpha — Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge and search engine that searches for answers for factual questions, finds images, solves calculations and does much more.
- Quora — A ask and answer site to find advice and insights by real people about real-life experiences.
- SlideShare — SlidShare has its own search engine that lets you search for presentations, infographics, documents, or videos on just about any topic. There are 40 content categories and millions of regular uploads on the site.
- Crunchbase — Cruchbase lets you find the right companies and potential clients for your business. You can search for contacts, events, investors, schools, and many others through this platform.
- BuiltWith — Find out which platform, technology, or elements that any website has used through Built With. You can know which websites are using shopping carts, analytic tools, hosting services to create leads for your business.
Meta Search Engines
- Dogpile — Fetches from Google, Yandex and Yahoo
- Fagan Finder — A search engine listing tool
- ZapMeta — Search engine that searches from multiple sources to genereate optimal results.
Search Engines for News
- Digg — A news aggregator and curator
- YouGotTheNews — A search engine for US news and articles
- NewsLookup — Search for latest and trending global news
- Elephind — A search engine for finding historical news.
Search Engines to Search for People
- Spokeo — aggregates data from online and offline sources and allows searching using a name, email, phone number, username or address.
- PeekYou — indexes people from various social networks by name, email, phone, address, location.
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Private Search Engines
- DuckDuckGo — DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes on protecting searchers’ privacy and allows searching for web, images & videos, definitions and stocks.
- Qwant — Qwant is a France-based anonymous web search engine. It claims not to track its users while providing search for web, news, images & videos and more.
- Startpage — Startpage is a Google-powered yet secure and privacy-respecting search engine. It lets people search for web pages, images & videos and more.
- Saerch Encrypt — Yet another privacy-based search engine.
- Gibiru — An unbiased search engine that promises not to log your searches and IP address.
- Disconnect Search — Anonymous search engine that does not track your search term.
- Lukol — Search results are derived from Google, but removing your tracks.
- MetaGer — Keeps searching anonymous by running them through their proxies.
- Oscobo — Private search engine with its own browser.
- OneSearch — Privacy-based search engine by Verizon Media.
- Neeva — Never offers a search engines that is free from tracking or index bias. All the information on this platform comes from trusted sources.
- Baidu — Baidu is China’s search engine for searching websites, news, maps, images and audio & video files. It also shows definitions and allows doing searches using images.
- Yam — Taiwanese search engine for news, travel-related and magazines.
- Youdao — Created by NetEase, this search engines allows searches for web pages, imaegs, music, and more.
- Sogou — Created by Tencent, this is one of the most commonly used search engine in China.
- Naver — Naver is the South Korea’s first web portal that allows searching for web, definitions, images, news, articles, videos and more apart from providing other web services.
- Daum — A Korean web portal and search engine. It also offers free e-mail.
- Goo — Goo is an Internet search engine and web portal of Japan, which crawls primarily Japanese sites and allows searching for web, images, blogs, maps and even definitions.
- Rambler — Rambler is a Russian web portal offering services like search engine, email, news portal, finance portal, etc. It lets users search for web and images and offers filter options.
- Seznam — Seznam is a web portal and search engine of Czech Republic. It allows anyone to look for web pages, maps, photos & videos, definitions, products, and more.
- SAPO — Servidor de Apontadores Portugueses is a Portuguese service provider. It offers a search engine that allows searching for web, images & videos, news, and blogs.
- Virgilio — Virgilio is an Italian web portal and search engine that lets anyone search for web pages, images & videos, companies and maps.
- Walla — Walla is an Israeli web portal, providing news, search and email services. It allows searching for web, photos, jobs, shopping products, and more.
- Search — Search is a search engine and web portal of Switzerland providing weather, maps, cinema and more services. It only allows searching for web pages.
- Najdi — Najdi is a search engine built for Republic of Macedonia. Unlike most search engines, it does not crawl the sites for their content and instead uses RSS or other XML sources.
- Das Oertliche — Das Oertliche is a German web portal and local directory, which allows its users to search for public locations using phone numbers, names or streets.
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Social Media Search Engines
- Inflact — Search Instagram profiles with filters.
- Social Searcher — Search for public information from networks like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and more.
- Pixnet — An online mobile photo sharing and networking service. Provides search for publicly available information including web posts, images and more.
- Twipho — A search engine for Twitter pictures
- Lookedon — Find photos via Twitter username.
More Search Engines
- Blog Search — Search results within blogs.
- SimilarSiteSearch — SimilarSiteSearch helps you find similar, related or alternative websites.
- Shodan — Shodan is a search engine that lets users find devices (computers, routers, servers, etc.) connected to the Internet. It collects data mostly from public web servers.
- Blackle — Blackle is powered by Google Custom Search and aims to save energy by displaying a black background. It allows users to search for web pages and images.
- Blinkx — Blinkx is a web media platform with an index of over 35 million hours of videos. It allows people to browse videos using sections and search for videos.
- SearchCode — SearchCode is a source code and documentation search engine, providing programmers the ability to search for functions or code snippets.
- Open HUB Code Search — Open HUB Code Search is a search engine for coders, allowing programming enthusiasts to search for relevant open source code, functions and more.
- Yummly — Yummly is a repository and search engine for foodies. It lets people search and explore food recipes – available in various categories (even seasonal).
- Pronto — Pronto is a price comparison and product finding service that allows anyone search for products across large range of retailers and stores.
- Discounto — Discounto allows its users to search and acquire discounts and offers from various retailers and local shopkeepers. It also informs of latest and awaited offers for popular items.
- AZLyrics — AZLyrics is a lyrics portal and search engine, which searches for lyrics using any phrase or song or album name and shows the lyrics of your favorite song.
- AnooX — AnooX is a social search engine that allows searching for web pages. Unlike many other SEs, it claims to use people’s rating for listing its search results.
- OneLook — OneLook is a search engine for words and phrases. It lets you search for words or meanings in 1000+ dictionaries and is even capable of making reverse lookups.
- GoodSearch — GoodSearch is an online shopping site with a search engine that helps you find deals and coupons in major retailers. It donates part of the purchase price of items you find and buy on GoodSearch.
- GiveWater — GiveWater is a search engine that no only helps you search the internet, it also helps you contribute for communities in need. A portion of its profits go to charities that work on proving clean water and sanitation.
- Ekoru — With every ad clicked on Ekoru search engine, a portion of revenue goes to the organisations cleaning our oceans. It is also privacy conscious search engine and eco-friendly with servers powered by hydro electricity.