Is DuckDuckGo a Good Search Engine?

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Yes! We clearly think DuckDuckGo is a great search engine, though we’re actually that and much more.

If you’re unfamiliar with DuckDuckGo, we're the leading provider of privacy protection tools to help you seamlessly take back control of your personal information online. We’ve been providing a private alternative to Google Search at for over a decade, and also offer a mobile private browser for iOS/Android (DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser) as well as browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari (DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials) to protect your desktop browsing.

Searching the web with DuckDuckGo Search is completely anonymous; we simply never collect or share any of your personal information that can tie you back to your searches, as explained in our strict privacy policy. For example, we don’t store IP addresses or any other unique identifiers in search logs. As a result, we don’t even have the ability to create search histories or data profiles for any individual. It’s privacy by design.

We think that’s awesome (and hope you do too), though going back to the direct question being asked, are the search results any good? Again, yes, and we’re not alone in saying so!

DuckDuckGo Search gives you truly private search results without tradeoffs in result quality. We have everything you’ve come to expect in your online search experience, and a few bonus features that make searching the Internet not only private, but also faster and a bit more fun.

DuckDuckGo Search features include:



Local business answers (e.g., restaurant addresses and phone numbers)






Wikipedia reference

Currency conversions

Flight information



Sports scores

Question/Answer reference, (e.g. StackOverflow for computer programming)

DuckDuckGo Search Bonus Features

In addition, we have a couple of bonus features that you might have never seen before. There may be times when you want to search on other websites and we make that very easy with a feature we call "bangs". These are shortcuts that take you directly to one of over 12,000 websites, for example searching for "!w duck" will take you directly to Wikipedia's article about our feathered friends.

It's also important to be able to customize the search experience, so we have many settings such as language and region localization.

One you may not have seen is that on DuckDuckGo you can even customize the way the search results look and feel including a popular dark theme, which even triggers dark mode maps.

Back to Privacy

As you can see above, we've tried to make it as easy as possible to switch to DuckDuckGo Search from other search engines. But, why would you do that? Privacy.

You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day-to-day things that make you, well, you. All of that personal information should be private, but on Google it’s not. On Google, your searches are tracked, stored, and packaged up into a data profile for advertisers to follow you around the Internet through those intrusive and annoying ever-present banner ads, using Google’s massive ad networks embedded across millions of sites and apps.

If you do switch to DuckDuckGo Search, keep in mind that some of the results you are used to getting when you search things will be different. And different isn’t a bad thing! Once you get used to our search results, you’ll wonder why you sacrificed your privacy for anything else.

One way the search results are different stems from our belief that your search queries should give you unbiased access to all available information, regardless of who you are, or rather, who the unregulated Internet thinks you are. Because we don’t know anything about you, and therefore don't even have the capacity to alter individual results based on your search history, you also don’t have to worry about the “filter bubble” on DuckDuckGo Search, which is the manipulation of your search results based on a personal profile about you.

In other words, we believe that your search queries should give you the same links as everyone else. This is in contrast to searching with Google, where results are influenced by the personal information Google has on you (like your search, location, browsing, and purchase history), putting you in a bubble based on what Google's algorithms think you're most likely to click on.

Our recent study revealed that when performing a search for a political topic on Google, most people saw results unique to them, even when logged out and in private browsing mode (which probably doesn’t do what you might think, i.e. is not really private). We're committed to unbiased search that's never based on your search history, meaning we don't hide certain search results from you. And you can still get things like local weather and restaurants through our anonymous local and maps Instant Answers.

So, give DuckDuckGo Search a try – the results are not just private, they're accurate and fast! And to go one step further we’d recommend moving away from the Google suite of products entirely. As mentioned, we have our own browser alternative to Chrome on mobile called DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, and for other Google services, we have recommendations for private alternatives for when you’re ready to take complete control of your online privacy.

Is DuckDuckGo a Good Search Engine?
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