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googler - Google from the command-line


googler is a command-line tool to search Google (Web & News) from the terminal. Google site search works too. googler shows the title, URL and text context for each result. Results are fetched in pages. Next or previous page navigation is possible using keyboard shortcuts. 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.


* Google Search, Google Site Search, Google News
* Fast and clean (no ads, stray URLs or clutter), custom color
* Navigate result pages from omniprompt, open URLs in browser
* Effortless keyword-based site search with googler @t add-on
* Search and option completion scripts for Bash, Zsh and Fish
* Fetch n results in a go, start at the n<sup>th</sup> result
* Disable automatic spelling correction and search exact keywords
* Specify duration, country/domain (default: worldwide/.com), language
* Google keywords (e.g. filetype:mime, support
* Open the first result directly in browser (as in I'm Feeling Lucky)
* Non-stop searches: fire new searches at omniprompt without exiting
* HTTPS proxy, User Agent, TLS 1.2 (default) support
* Comprehensive documentation, man page with handy usage examples
* Minimal dependencies

Show help text and exit.
Start at the Nth result.
Show N results (default 10).
Show results from news section.
Country-specific search with top-level domain .TLD, e.g., in for India.
Search for the language LANG, e.g., fi for Finnish.
Disable automatic spelling correction. Search exact keywords.
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 Lucky?
Time limit search [h5 (5 hrs), d5 (5 days), w5 (5 weeks), m5 (5 months), y5 (5 years)].
Search a site using Google.
Do not omit similar results.
Tunnel traffic through an HTTP proxy. PROXY is of the form [http://][user:password@]proxyhost[:port]. The proxy server must support HTTP CONNECT tunneling and must not block port 443 for the relevant Google hosts. If a proxy is not explicitly given, the https_proxy environment variable (if available) is used instead.
Disable user agent. Results are fetched faster.
Disable TCP optimizations. Negotiate Transport Layer Security protocol instead of forcing TLS 1.2 (on Python 3.4 and above). Should be used only in case of connection issues.
Output in JSON format; implies --noprompt.
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 googler'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.
Perform search and exit; do not prompt for further interactions.
Perform in-place self-upgrade. By default, the latest stable version is used. However, the latest git master is used instead if --include-git is also supplied. This mechanism is not available on Windows (including Cygwin), and if you installed googler with a package manager, this mechanism may have been disabled by your packager at packaging or install time.
See --upgrade.
Show version number and exit.
Enable debugging.

Fetch the next or previous set of search results.
Open the result corresponding to index in browser.
Jump to the first page.
Open space-separated result indices, numeric ranges (sitelinks unsupported in ranges) or all indices, if 'a' is specified, in the browser. Open the current search in the browser, if no arguments.
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 Google search for keywords with original options. This key should be used to search omniprompt keys (including itself) and indices.
Copy url to clipboard.
Toggle url expansion.
Exit googler.
Show omniprompt help.
Any other string initiates a new search with original options.

googler @t is a convenient add-on to Google Site Search with unique keywords. While googler has an integrated option to search a site, it could be simplified further with aliases. The file googler_at ( contains a list of website search aliases. To source it, run:

source googler_at


. googler_at

With googler @t, the following command searches Wikipedia for hexspeak:

@w hexspeak

Other googler options can be combined. The shell can be configured to be source the file at start-up for further convenience.

All the aliases start with the @ symbol (hence the name googler @t) and there is minimum chance they will conflict with any shell commands. Users can add new aliases to the file.

googler 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 (Google News only)
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
bold bright cyan indices
bold bright green titles
bright 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.

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.
Show the domain names in search results instead of the expanded URL.

Google hello world:

googler hello world
Fetch 15 results updated within the last 14 months, starting from the 3rd result for the keywords jungle book in site

googler -n 15 -s 3 -t m14 -w jungle book
Read recent news on gadgets:

googler -N gadgets
Fetch results on IPL cricket from Google India server in English:

googler -c in -l en IPL cricket
Search quoted text:

googler it\'s a \"beautiful world\" in spring
Search for a specific file type:

googler instrumental filetype:mp3
Disable automatic spelling correction, e.g. fetch results for googler instead of google:

googler -x googler
I'm feeling lucky search:

googler -j leather jackets
Website specific search:

googler -w -w digital camera
Site specific search continues at omniprompt.
Alias to find definitions of words:

alias define='googler -n 2 define'
Look up n, p, o, O, q, g 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 g, e.g.,

g n
g g keywords
g 1
Input and output redirection:

googler -C hello world < input > output
Note that -C is required to avoid printing control characters (for colored output).
Pipe output:

googler -C hello world | tee output
Use a custom color scheme, e.g., one warm color scheme designed for Solarized Dark:

googler --colors bjdxxy google
GOOGLER_COLORS=bjdxxy googler google
Tunnel traffic through an HTTPS proxy, e.g., a local Privoxy instance listening on port 8118:

googler --proxy localhost:8118 google
By default the environment variable https_proxy is used, if defined.
Quote multiple search keywords to auto-complete (using completion script):

googler 'hello w<TAB>

Henri Hakkinen
Arun Prakash Jana <>
Zhiming Wang <>

Copyright © 2008 Henri Hakkinen
Copyright © 2015-2018 Arun Prakash Jana <>

License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

10 Oct 2018 Version 3.7.1