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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


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


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

January 22, 2009

With the launch of our community site, 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


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


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


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, the Diaspora project, Freenet, and friendica.

March 7, 2012


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 OpenStreetMap Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The community directed donations to Riseup, F-Droid, NoScript, Cryptocat, and Javascript Blocker.

February 25, 2013


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


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


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


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

May 19, 2014


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

September 17, 2014


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, Privacy Badger, GPGTools, Tails, and Girl Develop It.

March 20, 2015


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

2016 Donations

For our sixth year of free and open source donations, we divided $225,000 equally over nine projects: SecureDrop, Freenet, OpenBSD Foundation, CrypTech, Tor Project, Fight for the Future, VeraCrypt, LEAP, GPGTools.

May 3, 2016

10 Billion Searches & Counting!

We concluded the year by announcing we surpassed a cumulative count of 10 billion anonymous searches served, with over 4 billion in 2016!

December 31, 2016


15 million searches in a single day (15,106,357 to be exact). More and more privacy conscious searchers have #ComeToTheDuckSide.

February 6, 2017

2017 Donations

For our seventh year of free and open source donations, we divided $300,000 over sixteen projects including: Freedom of the Press Foundation, World Privacy Forum, Open Whisper Systems, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Tor Project and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

February 10, 2017

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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


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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It’s our goal to get you where you want to go in fewer clicks. We do that through instant answers, themes and !bangs. We have everything you’d expect and a whole lot more.

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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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