DuckDuckGo Search Syntax

DuckDuckGo supports search syntax you can use to fine-tune your queries.

Search operators:

Example Result
cats dogs Results about cats or dogs
"cats and dogs" Results for exact term "cats and dogs"
cats -dogs Fewer dogs in results
cats +dogs More dogs in results
cats filetype:pdf PDFs about cats. Supported file types: pdf, doc(x), xls(x), ppt(x), html
dogs Pages about dogs from
cats       Pages about cats, excluding
intitle:dogs Page title includes the word "dogs"
inurl:cats Page url includes the word "cats"

Search directly on other sites:

  • Use \ to go to directly to the first search result. For example, \futurama
  • Use ! to search other sites' search engines directly. Remember, though, because your search is actually taking place on that other site, you are subject to that site’s policies, including its data collection practices. For example, !a blink182 searches for blink182. There are thousands of sites covered!

Instant Answers:

Safe search:

  • Add !safeon or !safeoff to the end of your search to turn on and off safe search for that search.