Search the internet like a ninja with DuckDuckGo bangs!

duckduckgo is the best search engine... because you can search almost everything!

It has a very powerful feature called bangs!

I recommend you set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine. This enables you to directly search many websites or search engines directly from your address bar.

(You can also get the 'duckduckgo' app for your phone, and these will work there too.)

For example, if you want to find cat videos on YouTube; instead of typing youtube.com into your address bar, loading the front page of youtube (with all its adverts etc) then typing your query 'funny cats' into the search bar on Youtube.... blah blah... so many steps.

Instead, you simply type this into your address bar:

!yt funny cats

There are over 13,000 of these 'bangs!', for many different websites. Yes, it takes a little getting used to, but you will save A LOT of time over years.

Here are a few choice samples. I try to avoid the obvious ones, with huge privacy concerns, and offer good alternatives depending on the type of search you are gonna do.

(You can find more at: https://duckduckgo.com/bang)


General searches (aka metasearch engines):

While you could just use DDG directly, you can also search using other engines using bangs. Different engines can give different results, and muddies your footprints, so try to mix your usage. 

Escape the filter bubble.

bangDescription
If you don't use a !bang you just get DuckDuckGo results. The results are from Bing, but with strong privacy.
!spGoogle results, but through StartPage engine. Same results, better (but not complete) privacy. Don't rely on this alone, as Google censor results.
!qw Qwant. It has it's own indexes/webcrawler so you will get unique results.
!mojeek  Stupid name, but has its own index. You will get unique results not found in other engines.
!swisscowsResults from Bing (same as DuckDuckGo) but has a unique way of showing results.
!sptioSearX engine, an open source project. It combines a few different search engines into one.
!gibGibiru. Stupid name. Claims to be completely uncensored, so good luck out there and avoid risky clicks.
!yan Yandex. One of the few sites with its own (huge) index, and a good one at that. Also it won't be subject to same restrictions the US put on Google and Bing results.

WARNING: Subject to dragnet survelience by Russian Intelligence - probably not a concern (if you are not Russian) but use a VPN and don't sign in to Yandex account.
!gigaGigablast. Old, ugly and way behind the competition. Only mentioned here as its one of the few site with its own (small) index, which makes it awesome.
!pk Peekier. Shows previews of all results as tiled webpages.

Specialist searches:

bangDescriptionExample(s)
!i
image search by duckduckgo, same results as Bing, better than Google but with no tracking
!i sunset
!maps (or !m)google maps.

WARNING:
you WILL be tracked by Google, but Google still has the best map and directions result for now...
!maps amuda to erbil

!maps macdonalds moscow
!invd
Search Invidious (a privacy focussed front-end of Youtube). If you insist on actual youtube, you can use !yt instead.
!w wikipedia
!twsearches twitter
!qwnOne of many news !bangs. Qwant are impartial, so can be trusted not to censor.!qwn

coronavirus

!wawolfram alpha. a very powerful calculator that understands natural langauge.!wa solve 8x + 6 = 15x -8

!wa days until 31 December 2020
!owm Open Weather Map. There are plenty of weather related !bangs, this one seems good.!owm kathmandu
!u urban dictionary.
!mc meta critic, for aggregated reviews of films/shows/games... etc!mc the walking dead
!rreddit, searches all of reddit.com
!rt
rotten tomatoes!rt mr robot
!imdb Internet Movie Database 
!t thesaurus
!asearches amazon. also variations of this exist, for your national store (e.g. !auk search amazon.co.uk)
!ebaysearches amazon. also variations of this exist, for your national store (e.g. !ebayuk search ebay.co.uk)
!bang

search for more bangs! e.g. !band news to list all bangs! that related to news sources

!bang news




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