ddgr is a cmdline utility to search DuckDuckGo from the terminal. While googler is extremely popular among cmdline users, in many forums the need of a similar utility for privacy-aware DuckDuckGo came up. DuckDuckGo Bangs are super-cool too! So here’s
ddgr for you!
Unlike the web interface, you can specify the number of search results you would like to see per page. It’s more convenient than skimming through 30-odd search results per page. The default interface is carefully designed to use minimum space without sacrificing readability.
A big advantage of
googler is DuckDuckGo works over the Tor network.
ddgr isn’t affiliated to DuckDuckGo in any way.
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Table of contents
- Fast and clean; custom color
- Designed for maximum readability at minimum space
- Instant answers (supported by DDG html version)
- Custom number of results per page
- Navigation, browser integration
- Search and option completion scripts (Bash, Fish, Zsh)
- DuckDuckGo Bangs (along with completion)
- Open the first result in browser (I’m Feeling Ducky)
- REPL for continuous searches
- Keywords (e.g.
- Limit search by time, specify region, disable safe search
- HTTPS proxy support, optionally disable User Agent
- Do Not Track set by default
- Supports custom url handler script or cmdline utility
- Thoroughly documented, man page with examples
- Minimal dependencies
ddgr requires Python 3.4 or later. Only the latest patch release of each minor version is supported.
To copy url to clipboard at the omniprompt,
ddgr looks for
termux-clipboard-set (in the same order) on Linux,
pbcopy (default installed) on OS X,
clip (default installed) on Windows and
clipboard (default installed) on Haiku. It also supports GNU Screen and tmux copy-paste buffers in the absence of X11.
Note: v1.1 and below require the Python3
requests library to make HTTPS requests. This dependency is removed in the later releases.
From a package manager
Packages for Arch Linux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE Leap, Solus, and Ubuntu are available with the latest stable release.
To install to the default location (
$ sudo make install
ddgr and associated docs, run
$ sudo make uninstall
PREFIX is supported, in case you want to install to a different location.
ddgr is a standalone executable (and can run even on environments like Termux). From the containing directory:
Search keyword and option completion scripts for Bash, Fish and Zsh can be found in respective subdirectories of
auto-completion/. Please refer to your shell’s manual for installation instructions.
usage: ddgr [-h] [-n N] [-r REG] [-C] [--colors COLORS] [-j] [-t SPAN] [-w SITE] [-x] [-p URI] [-I] [--unsafe] [--noua] [--json] [--gb] [--np] [--url-handler UTIL] [--show-browser-logs] [-v] [-d] [KEYWORD [KEYWORD ...]] DuckDuckGo from the terminal. positional arguments: KEYWORD search keywords optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -n N, --num N show N (0<=N<=25) results per page (default 10); N=0 shows actual number of results fetched per page -r REG, --reg REG region-specific search e.g. 'us-en' for US (default); visit https://duckduckgo.com/params -C, --nocolor disable color output --colors COLORS set output colors (see man page for details) -j, --ducky open the first result in a web browser; implies --np -t SPAN, --time SPAN time limit search [d (1 day), w (1 wk), m (1 month)] -w SITE, --site SITE search sites using DuckDuckGo -x, --expand Show complete url in search results -p URI, --proxy URI tunnel traffic through an HTTPS proxy; URI format: [http[s]://][user:pwd@]host[:port] -I, --noinstant disable instant answer --unsafe disable safe search --noua disable user agent --json output in JSON format; implies --np --gb, --gui-browser open a bang directly in gui browser --np, --noprompt perform search and exit, do not prompt --url-handler UTIL custom script or cli utility to open results --show-browser-logs do not suppress browser output (stdout and stderr) -v, --version show program's version number and exit -d, --debug enable debugging omniprompt keys: n, p, f fetch the next, prev or first set of search results index open the result corresponding to index in browser o [index|range|a ...] open space-separated result indices, ranges or all O [index|range|a ...] like key 'o', but try to open in a GUI browser d keywords new DDG search for 'keywords' with original options should be used to search omniprompt keys and indices x toggle url expansion c index copy url to clipboard q, ^D, double Enter exit ddgr ? show omniprompt help * other inputs are considered as new search keywords
ddgr doesn’t have any! Use aliases, environment variables and auto-completion scripts.
Text-based browser integration
ddgr works out of the box with several text-based browsers if the
BROWSER environment variable is set. For instance,
$ export BROWSER=w3m
or for one-time use,
$ BROWSER=w3m ddgr query
Due to certain graphical browsers spewing messages to the console,
ddgr suppresses browser output by default unless
BROWSER is set to one of the known text-based browsers: currently
www-browser. If you use a different text-based browser, you will need to explicitly enable browser output with the
--show-browser-logs option. If you believe your browser is popular enough, please submit an issue or pull request and we will consider whitelisting it. See the man page for more details on
If you need to use a GUI browser with
BROWSER set, use the omniprompt key
ddgr will try to ignore text-based browsers and invoke a GUI browser. Browser logs are always suppressed with
The color configuration is similar to that of
googler colors. The default color string is
ddgr recognizes the environment variable
DDGR_COLORS. Details are available in the
ddgr man page.
DuckDuckGo hello world:
$ ddgr hello world
I’m Feeling Ducky search:
$ ddgr -j lucky ducks
DuckDuckGo Bang search
hello worldin Wikipedia:
$ ddgr !w hello world $ ddgr !w hello world // bash-specific, need to escape ! on bash
Bangs work at the omniprompt too. To look up bangs, visit https://duck‐duckgo.com/bang?#bangs-list.
Bang alias to fire from the cmdline, open results in a GUI browser and exit:
alias bang='ddgr --gb --np' $ bang !w hello world $ bang !w hello world // bash-specific, need to escape ! on bash
Website specific search:
$ ddgr -w amazon.com digital camera
Site specific search continues at omniprompt.
Search for a specific file type:
$ ddgr instrumental filetype:mp3
Fetch results on IPL cricket from India in English:
$ ddgr -r in-en IPL cricket
To find your region parameter token visit https://duckduckgo.com/params.
Search quoted text:
$ ddgr it's a "beautiful world" in spring
Show complete urls in search results (instead of only domain name):
$ ddgr -x ddgr
Use a custom color scheme, e.g., one warm color scheme designed for Solarized Dark:
$ ddgr --colors bjdxxy hello world $ DDGR_COLORS=bjdxxy ddgr hello world
Tunnel traffic through an HTTPS proxy, e.g., a local Privoxy instance listening on port 8118:
$ ddgr --proxy localhost:8118 hello world
By default the environment variable
HTTPS_PROXY) is used, if defined.
d keywordsor a result index at the omniprompt: as the omniprompt recognizes these keys or index strings as commands, you need to prefix them with
d n d g keywords d 1
Some users have reported problems with a colored omniprompt (refer to issue #40) with iTerm2 on OS X. To force a plain omniprompt:
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