15 Mar


We’re proud to announce that we’ve just added one of the most-requested features to date: Directions!

Now, location results will not only give you the option for directions but allow you to choose from the most-requested map providers – Apple, Bing, Here, OpenStreetMap, and yes – even Google Maps!

Once you’ve chosen your favorite maps provider, the “Get Directions” button will default to that source in the future, where cookie-applicable.  This works on mobile, too – jumping straight into the selected maps app if it's installed to your device.

We're still working on more improvements to the directions implementation. Soon, your chosen maps provider will be an integrated Setting so it will get saved along with the rest of your DuckDuckGo preferences. We're also planning to add more maps providers so don’t worry if your favorite company isn't on the list yet.

If you have a suggestion, be sure to drop it in the comments below!

Let us know what you think!


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There is no way to turn this off?

Looks like hidden tracking to me.

posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link

You can turn if off by disabling Instant Answer but I'm wondering why you see this as tracking.

posted by x.15a2 community_leader • 2 years and 4 months ago Link

My only wish is that it would trigger when you use terms like "From x to y"

Only having it trigger with street addresses isn't that useful IMO.

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 23 days ago Link

Thanks for the tip about disabling the region picker — I had no idea DuckDuckGo displayed location results and maps.

But it is weird to have to do this. In order to get map results for UK street names I first have to tell DuckDuckGo not to provide UK-specific results. Please can you add maps to region-specific results. Thanks.

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 24 days ago Link

how about what3words?


just to be on the cutting-edge, y'know ...

posted by aliasmyaka • 3 years and 28 days ago Link

It would be nice if it could show directions in DDG's maps. The next maps you should add are yandex maps.

posted by duckduckian • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Instead of picking one service, I'd love to see you aggregate the directions from ALL of the services and provide the most common routes or even suggest possible short cuts.

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link

Only works if I disable my region filter :(

posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link