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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.

October 29, 2007

It’s Official

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

February 29, 2008


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

September 25, 2008


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.

January 22, 2009

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

July 21, 2010

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.”

January 11, 2011

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.

February 26, 2011

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.

October 13, 2011

Employee #1

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

November 30, 2011


DuckDuckGo moves out of Gabriel’s basement and 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 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


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


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


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.

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.

September 17, 2014


Mozilla adds DuckDuckGo as a built-in option to Firefox and Firefox OS.

November 10, 2014

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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.

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

Smarter Search

Get answers quicker.

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

Get Involved

Less Clutter

Fewer ads and reduced spam.

With search our only focus, we are dedicated to delivering you a clutter-free interface that you can fully customize to your liking or apply one of our preset themes.

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 Search Border Collie
  • Zac Pappis Community Lead Vocalist
  • 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

Our Community

Our community is our extended team.
Join the community and help improve DuckDuckGo. is the hub of the DuckDuckGo community, where you can create instant answers, submit and discuss ideas, or help translate pages into other languages.

Improve DuckDuckGo


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

Discuss DuckDuckGo


Everyone could use real privacy. Want to join us and other community members in spreading DuckDuckGo to new users? Get your friends and family to “duck it”.

Spread DuckDuckGo

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...

Full Story
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.

Full Story
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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