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ddgr - DuckDuckGo from the terminal




ddgr is a command-line tool to search DuckDuckGo. ddgr shows the title, URL and text context for each result. Results are fetched in pages. Keyboard shortcuts are available for page navigation. Results are indexed and a result URL can be opened in a browser using the index number. There is no configuration file as aliases serve the same purpose for this utility. Supports sequential searches in a single instance.


* Fast and clean; custom color
* Designed for maximum readability at minimum space
* Instant answers (supported by DDG html version)
* Custom number of results per page
* Navigation, browser integration
* Search and option completion scripts (Bash, Fish, Zsh)
* DuckDuckGo Bangs (along with completion)
* Open the first result in browser (I'm Feeling Ducky)
* REPL for continuous searches
* Keywords (e.g. `filetype:mime`, ``)
* Limit search by time, specify region, disable safe search
* HTTPS proxy support, optionally disable User Agent
* Do Not Track set by default
* Supports custom url handler script or cmdline utility
* Thoroughly documented, man page with examples
* Minimal dependencies


Show help text and exit.
Show N results per page (default 10). N must be between 0 and 25. N=0 disables fixed paging and shows actual number of results fetched per page.
Region-specific search e.g. 'us-en' for US (default); visit
Disable color output.
Set output colors. Refer to the COLORS section below for details.
Open the first result in a web browser; implies --noprompt. Feeling Ducky?
Time limit search [d=past day, w=past week, m=past month, y=past year] (default=any time).
Search a site using DuckDuckGo.
Expand URLs instead of showing only the domain name (default).
Tunnel traffic through an HTTP proxy. URI is of the form [http[s]://][user:pwd@]host[:port]. The proxy server must support HTTP CONNECT tunneling and must not block port 443 for the relevant DuckDuckGo hosts. If a proxy is not explicitly given, the https_proxy or HTTPS_PROXY environment variable (if available) is used instead.
Disable safe search.
Disable user agent. Results are fetched faster.
Output in JSON format; implies --noprompt.
Open a bang directly in a GUI browser.
Perform search and exit; do not prompt for further interactions.
Custom script or command-line utility to open urls with.
Do not suppress browser output when opening result in browser; that is, connect stdout and stderr of the browser to ddgr's stdout and stderr instead of /dev/null. By default, browser output is suppressed (due to certain graphical browsers spewing messages to console) unless the BROWSER environment variable is a known text-based browser: elinks, links, lynx, w3m or www-browser.
Show version number and exit.
Enable debugging.


Fetch the next, previous or first set of search results.
Open the result corresponding to index in browser.
Open space-separated result indices, numeric ranges or all indices, if 'a' is specified, in the browser.
Works similar to key 'o', but tries to ignore text-based browsers (even if BROWSER is set) and open links in a GUI browser.
Initiate a new DuckDuckGo search for keywords with original options. This key should be used to search omniprompt keys (including itself) and indices.
Toggle url expansion.
Copy url to clipboard.
Exit ddgr.
Show omniprompt help.
Any other string initiates a new search with original options.


ddgr allows you to customize the color scheme via a six-letter string, reminiscent of BSD LSCOLORS. The six letters represent the colors of

metadata/publishing info
Letter Color/Style
a black
b red
c green
d yellow
e blue
f magenta
g cyan
h white
i bright black
j bright red
k bright green
l bright yellow
m bright blue
n bright magenta
o bright cyan
p bright white
A-H bold version of the lowercase-letter color
I-P bold version of the lowercase-letter bright color
x normal
X bold
y reverse video
Y bold reverse video
bright cyan indices
bold green titles
yellow URLs
cyan metadata/publishing info
normal abstracts
reverse video prompts
Bright colors (implemented as \x1b[90m - \x1b[97m) may not be available in all color-capable terminal emulators;
Some terminal emulators draw bold text in bright colors instead;
Some terminal emulators only distinguish between bold and bright colors via a default-off switch. for details.


Overrides the default browser. Ref:
Refer to the COLORS section.
Force a plain omniprompt if you are facing issues with colors at the prompt.
Refer to the --proxy option.


DuckDuckGo hello world:

ddgr hello world
I'm Feeling Ducky search:

ddgr -j lucky ducks
DuckDuckGo Bang search 'hello world' in Wikipedia:

ddgr !w hello world
ddgr \!w hello world // bash-specific, need to escape ! on bash
Bangs work at the omniprompt too. To look up bangs, visit
Bang alias to fire from the cmdline, open results in a GUI browser and exit:

alias bang='ddgr --gb --np'
bang !w hello world
bang \!w hello world // bash-specific, need to escape ! on bash
Website specific search:

ddgr -w digital camera
Site specific search continues at omniprompt.
Search for a specific file type:

ddgr instrumental filetype:mp3
Fetch results on IPL cricket from India in English:

ddgr -r in-en IPL cricket
To find your region parameter token visit
Search quoted text:

ddgr it\'s a \"beautiful world\" in spring
Show complete urls in search results (instead of only domain name):

ddgr -x ddgr
Use a custom color scheme, e.g., one warm color scheme designed for Solarized Dark:

ddgr --colors bjdxxy hello world
DDGR_COLORS=bjdxxy ddgr hello world
Tunnel traffic through an HTTPS proxy, e.g., a local Privoxy instance listening on port 8118:

ddgr --proxy localhost:8118 hello world
By default the environment variable https_proxy (or HTTPS_PROXY) is used, if defined.
Look up n, p, o, O, q, d keywords or a result index at the omniprompt: as the omniprompt recognizes these keys or index strings as commands, you need to prefix them with d, e.g.,

d n
d d keywords
d 1


Arun Prakash Jana <>




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21 Jul 2020 Version 1.9