How to use DuckDuckGo’s hidden terminal!

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of DuckDuckGo.com… With a feature that I just found out about I am for sure not leaving now!!

Why I use DuckDuckGo

I thought before I begin on how to use DuckDuckGo from a “web terminal”, I would give you a quick briefer on why I use DuckDuckGo! DuckDuckGo prides themselves with not tracking its users as much as other multi-billion dollar companies! Which is a huge plus for me! But, what I really like about DuckDuckGo is how it displays search queries… What I mean by this is that Google always displays the links based on how much money they get. DuckDuckGo, doesn’t do this, which is probably why they’re not as big as Google.

If you’re interested on more information about why I don’t use Google Search, check out this post!

How to Actually use the Terminal!

So technically this is not browsing DuckDuckGo in the terminal, but rather browsing DuckDuckGo from a web-based Command Line Interface (or CLI). Anyways, to do so is very simple… But anyways, this is an extremely easy tutorial and to begin, all you have to do is navigate to https://DuckDuckGo.com/tty.

After reaching this site, you should see a black background with green text. Next, to perform a search query, all you have to do is type your query without any special characters or anything. For example; to search bobby, type bobby and you should see your results… Now by “results”, I mean it will list links in plain text that you can open  by typing a command. This command vary’s based on the link you’re trying to open, for example; if you’re trying to open link “:23”, you can literally type the below command and it will open that link in a new tab!

:23

Screenshot Examples:

Duck Duck Go Search

Duck Duck Go Search

nerd at Duck Duck Go

nerd at Duck Duck Go

Note: There is one major disadvantage of searching via this method though, if you perform a search that is not very popular, it can take a while for you to see the resulting links and sometimes you may never even get a response… But other than that, I find it amazing!

I hope you enjoyed this post and leave a comment if you wish!

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