googler - Man Page

Google from the command-line

Examples (TL;DR)


googler [Options] [KEYWORD [KEYWORD ...]]


googler is a command-line tool to search Google (web, news, videos and site search) 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


-h,  --help

Show help text and exit.

-s,  --start=N

Start at the Nth result.

-n,  --count=N

Show N results (default 10).

-N,  --news

Show results from news section.

-c,  --tld=TLD

Country-specific search with top-level domain .TLD, e.g., in for India.

-l,  --lang=LANG

Search for the language LANG, e.g., fi for Finnish.

-g,  --geoloc=CC

Country-specific geolocation search with country code CC, e.g. 'in' for India. Country codes are the same as top-level domains.

-x,  --exact

Disable automatic spelling correction. Search exact keywords.

-C,  --nocolor

Disable color output.


Set output colors. Refer to the Colors section below for details.

-j,  --first,  --lucky

Open the first result in a web browser; implies --noprompt. Feeling Lucky?

-t,  --time=dN

Time limit search [h5 (5 hrs), d5 (5 days), w5 (5 weeks), m5 (5 months), y5 (5 years)].

-w,  --site=SITE

Search a site using Google.

-e,  --exclude=EXCLUDE

Exclude site from results.


Do not omit similar results.

-p,  --proxy=PROXY

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.

--np,  --noprompt

Perform search and exit; do not prompt for further interactions.

-u,  --upgrade

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.

-v,  --version

Show version number and exit.

-d,  --debug

Enable debugging.

Omniprompt Keys

n, p

Fetch the next or previous set of search results.


Open the result corresponding to index in browser.


Jump to the first page.

o [index|range|a ...]

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.

O [index|range|a ...]

Works similar to key 'o', but tries to ignore text-based browsers (even if BROWSER is set) and open links in a GUI browser.

g keywords

Initiate a new Google search for keywords with original options. This key should be used to search omniprompt keys (including itself) and indices.

c index

Copy url to clipboard.


Toggle url expansion.

q, ^D, double Enter

Exit googler.


Show omniprompt help.


Any other string initiates a new search with original options.

Googler @T

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)





respectively. The six-letter string is passed in either as the argument to the --colors option, or as the value of the environment variable GOOGLER_COLORS.
We offer the following colors/styles:
ibright black
jbright red
kbright green
lbright yellow
mbright blue
nbright magenta
obright cyan
pbright white
A-Hbold version of the lowercase-letter color
I-Pbold version of the lowercase-letter bright color
yreverse video
Ybold reverse video
The default colors string is GKlgxy, which stands for

bold bright cyan indices


bold bright green titles


bright yellow URLs


cyan metadata/publishing info


normal abstracts


reverse video prompts

Note that

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.

Please consult the manual of your terminal emulator as well as 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.


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


  1. Google hello world:

    googler hello world
  2. 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
  3. Read recent news on gadgets:

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

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

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

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

    googler -x googler
  8. I'm feeling lucky search:

    googler -j leather jackets
  9. Website specific search:

    googler -w -w digital camera

    Site specific search continues at omniprompt.

  10. Alias to find definitions of words:

    alias define='googler -n 2 define'
  11. 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 <>


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Copyright © 2008 Henri Hakkinen
Copyright © 2015-2021 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.


21 Jan 2021 Version 4.3.2