Welcome to DuckDuckGo

We’re setting the new standard of trust online, empowering people to take control of their information.

You deserve privacy. Companies are making money off of your private information online without your consent.

At DuckDuckGo, we don’t think the Internet should feel so creepy and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds.

Fast Facts

Our Story

With our roots as the search engine that doesn’t track you, we’ve expanded what we do to protect you no matter where you go on the Internet. Check out our story.

We Hatched

DuckDuckGo began as an idea for a better search engine experience. 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 track your search history. Tracking is creepy.

January 22, 2009

The Billboard

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

January 11, 2011

2011 Donations

We rely on a lot of great projects to keep our wings flapping. So we decided to start giving back, donating to nginx, FreeBSD, Tor Project, 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.

November 30, 2011


We finally moved out of Gabriel’s basement into our fortress in Paoli, PA. It really looks 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 donations we chose the theme “open data/information,” donating to Tor, The Wikimedia Foundation, unhosted.org, Diaspora, Freenet, and friendica.

March 7, 2012

2013 Donations

The theme for our third year of donations was “fix tracking,” with donations to OpenStreetMap, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 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

2014 Donations

Needed more than ever, our 2014 donation theme was “secure communications,” donating to SecureDrop, NoiseTor, Lavabit, Riseup, Mailpile, and the Invisible Internet Project.

March 12, 2014

Employee #10

The big guys have thousands more employees than us, and so everyone at DuckDuckGo is an essential member of the team. Welcome Brian Stoner!

March 17, 2014


DuckDuckGo launches a redesigned search engine with a refined look and a focus on smarter answers. And, of course, we still don't track you.

May 19, 2014


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

September 17, 2014


Mozilla adds DuckDuckGo as a built-in search option to Firefox. Thank you! Do you think we’ll ever get into Chrome? Don't hold your breath.

November 10, 2014

2015 Donations

In our fifth donation year, 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 gave away a ton of DuckDuckGo T-shirts!

June 22, 2015

2016 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!

We concluded 2016 with over four billion anonymous searches served, surpassing a cumulative count of ten billion!

December 31, 2016

2017 Donations

We divided $400,000 over sixteen projects including: Freedom of the Press Foundation, World Privacy Forum, Open Whisper Systems, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

February 10, 2017


Over 20 million searches in a single day. Privacy is mainstream and more and more privacy conscious people have #ComeToTheDuckSide.

November 13, 2017

Protection Beyond Search

We extended our privacy protection beyond the search box with the launch of our new mobile app & browser extension, available on all major platforms.

January 23, 2018


Our Mission

Too many people believe that you simply can't expect privacy on the Internet. We disagree and have made it our mission to set a new standard of trust online.

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DuckDuckGo is an Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your personal information online, without any tradeoffs. With our roots as the search engine that doesn’t track you, we’ve expanded what we do to protect you no matter where the Internet takes you.

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