Try a search!

Our Vision is Simple.

To give you great search results without tracking you.

The Beginning

DuckDuckGo all started with the name and an idea to make answers easier to find.

It's Official

In early 2008, Gabriel emerged from his basement with a plan. He soon made it official by incorporating DuckDuckGo.


Within the year, DuckDuckGo was announced to the Hacker News community. We survived!


Inspired by conversations on reddit and because search history is so personal, DuckDuckGo decides to take a bold move and not collect or share any personal information on its users.

DuckDuckGo's community is its extended team. was born from the community's need for a centralized place to swap ideas.

The Billboard

DuckDuckGo delivered a message in the heart of the tech world: a billboard in San Francisco that read "Google tracks you. We don't."

2011 Donations

DuckDuckGo relies on a lot of great open-source projects to keep our gears spinning. In 2011, we decided to start paying some of that love back to the open-source community, donating to nginx, FreeBSD, Tor, Clamwin, Tahoe-LAFS and OpenSSH.

Series "A" Funding

Four years in, DuckDuckGo secures funding from Union Square Ventures, a group that shares the same vision of smarter search and real privacy.

Employee #1

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


DuckDuckGo moves out of Gabriel's basement and into our fortress in Paoli, PA, USA. It really does look like a castle!


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.


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!

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, the Diaspora project, Freenet, and friendica.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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."


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.


Five million direct searches in one day. That's 150 million a month, 1.825 billion a year! We will stop marking each million milestone now.

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.

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!


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

About Us

DuckDuckGo is a search engine driven by community – you're on the team!
We're not just servers and an algorithm. We're so much more.

Real Privacy

We don't track you.

From funny videos to health and finance questions, searches are a reflection of your personal life. That's why we don't collect or share personal information.

Our Policy

Smarter Search

Get answers quicker.

We help you get where you want to go in fewer clicks. We do that through instant answers, !bangs, and keyboard shortcuts. You can even help improve your search engine!

Get Involved

Less Clutter

Fewer ads and reduced spam.

Our only focus is search. We don't have to promote other services like social networks in our results. We are clutter-free and you can change the look and feel.

Tweak Settings

Our Team

Meet the DuckDuckGo core team and check out our full team on twitter.
Interested in working with us? Check out our hiring philosophy.
  • Gabriel Weinberg Founder Family guy
  • Caine Tighe Core Components Border Collie
  • Zac Pappis Lead Vocalist
  • Russell Holt Duck Duck Hack Geek Dad
  • Jaryd Malbin Ops BOFH
  • Doug Brown Front-End Coffee Snob
  • Chris Morast Design Margarita Enthusiast
  • Jag Talon Open Source Internet Survival Expert
  • Brian Stoner Front-End Person
  • John Barrett Discombobulator
  • Jason Dorweiler Duck Duck Hack Robot
  • Maria Grazia Alastra Duck Duck Hack Time Traveler

Our Community

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

Improve your search engine. is the hub for the DuckDuckGo community. Create instant answers, translate pages into your languages and more.


Share your thoughts.

Our forums are a place to chat about all things DuckDuckGo. Ask questions, give feedback, and engage other community members.


Give the gift of DuckDuckGo!

Everyone could use real privacy. Join us and other community members in spreading DuckDuckGo to new users.

In The News

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 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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DuckDuckGo Search & Stories

Time Magazine's Top 50 Apps of 2013

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The search engine that doesn't track you.