Apart from privacy centric, non-profiled search results; bangs are one of the more underrated features offered by Duckduckgo (now also available on duck.com). Bangs are shortcuts that take you to search results on other sites. Right now there’re more than 13,500 bangs available.
Syntax for bang - !bang SEARCH-TERM
Example - !w Linux , it will get you to Wikipedia’s Linux entry.
Note - Examples here assume that you’re on Duckduckgo or have it as default search engine.
Some other example are:
- !yt video-title for Youtube.
- !a for Amazon.
- !r for Reddit.
And to search for bang for your favorite site, !bang favorite-site
If a site’s bang isn’t available, simply submit new bangs here.
Bangs can be used as shortcuts too. Instead of typing youtube.com , only typing !yt would do the same.
- !w for Wikipedia articles.
- !yt for Youtube.
- !ia for Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
- !nyt for New York Times.
- !mdn for Mozilla Developer Network.
- !di for Dictionary.com
- !iid for isitdownrightnow.com
- !osm for Open Street Maps.
- !translate for Google Translate.
Fun fact - The company name is a reference to the children’s game duck, duck, goose. 1
From Washington Post’s article - “Ducking Google in search engines” ↩︎