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We Hatched

DuckDuckGo began as an idea for a better search experience with more instant answers and less spam. We hatched out of a few servers in a dusty basement.

February 29, 2008

Launch!

Within the year, DuckDuckGo was announced to the Hacker News and reddit communities. We made it out with only minor troll scars.

September 25, 2008

Anonymous

We decided to make a bold move and not collect or share any of your personal information.

January 22, 2009

Duck.co

With the launch of our community site duck.co, you now had a place to flock and really make DuckDuckGo the people’s search engine.

July 21, 2010

The Billboard

We told the world “Google tracks you. We don’t” with a billboard in their backyard.

January 11, 2011

2011 Donations

We rely on a lot of great free and open-source projects to keep our wings flapping. So we decided to start giving back, donating to nginx, FreeBSD, Tor, Clamwin, Tahoe-LAFS and OpenSSH.

February 26, 2011

Employee #1

For years our founder Gabriel was the only full-timer. Caine Tighe changed all that, coming on board as our first official employee and jedi master.

November 30, 2011

Headquarters

We finally moved out of Gabriel’s basement into our fortress in Paoli, PA, USA. It really does look like a castle!

December 1, 2011

Redesign

Our first major visual overhaul introduced a new design that made you not want to close your browser the second you saw our results page.

January 16, 2012

1,000,000!

Reaching 1 million searches a day was a major milestone for us, having steadily grown from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 to 100,000 and finally to 1,000,000. That’s more than 10 searches a second!

February 13, 2012

2012 Donations

For our second year of open-source donations we chose the theme “open data/information.” The company-directed portion went to Tor and the Wikimedia foundation. The community-directed portion went to unhosted.org, the Diaspora project, Freenet, and friendica.

March 7, 2012

DuckDuckHack

Our vision of getting you the best instant answers from the best sources finally merged with our vibrant community when we introduced DuckDuckHack: our open-source platform where anyone can suggest or create instant answers for our results.

May 1, 2012

2013 Donations

Our 3rd year of open-source donations were under the theme of “fix tracking.” The company portion went to the Open Street Map Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The community directed donations to Riseup, F-Droid, NoScript, Cryptocat, and Javascript Blocker.

February 25, 2013

2,000,000

483 days after reaching one million, we doubled our daily searches. This milestone happened days after people started sharing private alternatives (like us) in the wake of the NSA revelations.

June 10, 2013

3,000,000

Just eight days after hitting two million searches per day, we added another million. To put this in perspective, it took 1,445 days to get to one million from the day we launched.

June 17, 2013

Search & Stories

DuckDuckGo delivers an app that gives you the most interesting stories of the day packed with a convenient way to search. TIME ranked it in their, “Top 50 iPhone apps of 2013.”

June 27, 2013

4,000,000

Just over two months after hitting two million searches/day, we doubled our traffic again. People start to realize we’re not a Chinese restaurant.

August 19, 2013

5,000,000

Five million direct searches in one day. That’s 150 million a month, 1.825 billion a year!

February 26, 2014

2014 Donations

Needed more than ever, our 2014 donation theme was, “secure communications.” Our company directed portion went to SecureDrop and NoiseTor. The community directed donations went to Lavabit, Riseup, Mailpile, and I2P.

March 12, 2014

Employee #10

We have thousands of fewer employees than the big guys, but each one is part of our family and grew out of our community. Brian Stoner joined us just in time!

March 17, 2014

Reimagined

DuckDuckGo launches a reimagined and redesigned search engine with a refined look and a focus on smarter answers.

May 19, 2014

Safari

Apple begins including DuckDuckGo in Safari, with the launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Wow, that was cool.

September 17, 2014

Firefox

Mozilla adds DuckDuckGo as a built-in option to Firefox and Firefox OS. Do you think we’ll ever get into Chrome?

November 10, 2014

2015 Donations

For our fifth year of free and open source donations, we divided $125,000 equally over five projects: SecureDrop, PrivacyBadger, GPGTools, Tails, and Girl Develop It.

March 20, 2015

9,000,000

How should we celebrate when we hit 10,000,000 searches a day? We can see the light.

March 23, 2015

10,000,000

Boom! 10 million searches in a single day (10,210,082 to be exact). To celebrate, we’re giving away 10,000 DuckDuckGo T-shirts!

June 22, 2015

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About Us

Smarter search without the tracking.

Real Privacy

We don’t track you.

What you search for is your own business and we’d like to keep it that way. That’s why we don’t collect any personal information and therefore, have none to share.

Our Policy

Community

Our Extended Team.

Our search engine is more than just servers and an algorithm. Our community directly contributes to DuckDuckGo. Get involved in changing the future of search.

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Smarter Search

Get answers quicker.

We help you get where you want to go in fewer clicks. We do that through instant answers, themes and !bangs. We have everything you expect and more.

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Our Team

Meet the DuckDuckGo core team and check out our full team on twitter.
Interested in working with us? Check out our hiring page.

  • Gabriel Weinberg Founder Family guy
  • Caine Tighe Search Border Collie
  • Zac Pappis Community Lead Vocalist
  • Prakash Swaminathan BizDev Sports fan
  • Russell Holt Platform Geek Dad
  • Jaryd Malbin Operations BOFH
  • Doug Brown Search Coffee Snob
  • Chris Morast Design Margarita Enthusiast
  • Jag Talon Platform Internet Survival Expert
  • Brian Stoner Search Person
  • John Barrett Community Discombobulator
  • Jason Dorweiler Platform Robot
  • Maria Grazia Alastra Platform Time Traveler
  • Abe Yang Design Hero
  • Thom van der Weerd Design Pixel Whisperer
  • Zaahir Moolla Platform Tool Connoisseur
  • Tommy Leung Search Amateur Chef
  • Brian Buttrick Search For Science
  • Zach Thompson Platform 42
  • Adam Cochran BizDev Nerd-in-Residence
  • Jeffrey Vanneste Operations Gamer Ops
  • We’re hiring Come work with us!

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Our community is our extended team.
Join the community and help improve DuckDuckGo.

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Help people find find what they're looking for in fewer clicks! Extend our search engine with better instant answers on your favorite topics.

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Everyone could use real privacy, but not everyone knows how to get it. Join the other DuckDuckGo users who are getting their friends and family to make the switch.

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Translate

Our users are anonymous but we know they come from all corners of the world. Improve your search experience by translating DuckDuckGo into your preferred language.

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In the News

by John Paul Titlow FastCoLabs 20 February 2014

Inside DuckDuckGo, Google’s Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor

In 2008, launching a search engine seemed like a crazy idea. Here’s how Gabriel Weinberg proved the critics wrong.

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by Alex Hern The Observer 4 April 2014

DuckDuckGo: the plucky upstart taking on Google with secure searches

Gabriel Weinberg launched DuckDuckGo as a search engine that puts privacy first, rather than collecting data for advertisers and security agencies...

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by Michael Rosenwald The Washington Post 9 November 2012

Ducking Google in search engines

Not far from Valley Forge, around the corner from Bravo Pizza, up the road from Paoli Auto Body, there is an odd-looking office building that resembles a stone castle. An eye doctor is on the first floor. On the second floor is a search engine.

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