Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kagi?

Kagi is a concept of a more humane web, one that has room for privacy and ethics as well as creativity and self-expression, where content exists to amplify knowledge and support a sustainable and better internet for generations to come.

Kagi is currently Kagi Search, a fast, private search engine, and Orion Browser, a fast, zero-telemetry browser. We plan to release an email service as well, creating a platform to experience the web in a private, secure and unbiased way.

How do you pronounce Kagi?

Kagi is pronounced as ka-gi (similar to yogi).

Kagi Search is a quick, user-centric, 100% privacy-respecting search engine with results augmented by non-commercial indexes and personalized searches. It has a clean, high-performance user interface with only the most relevant results and no telemetry, no ads and no collection of private information.

We designed it as a premium service to stand at the intersection of the internet and humanity. We hope it will help users amplify their abilities and make them more creative and smarter as well as more productive.

What does it mean that you’re in “private beta”?

While we're in private beta, we don't feel like our vision is fully realized and ready for prime time. But we also don't want to build something in isolation. We want to build it with you, our users, which is why we are inviting a number of users every week to test Kagi (you can request an invitation by visiting kagi.com). We count on your feedback to build Kagi and we hope to have official launch in 2022.

How do I set Kagi as my default search engine?

Chrome based browsers (Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi...)

  1. Open Menu -> Chrome -> Preferences -> Search engines -> Manage search engines.
  2. In "Other search engines", find Kagi and click the three dots to make it default.
  3. If Kagi is not in the list, click "Add". Type in "Kagi", keyword "k" and for URL
    https://kagi.com/search?q=%s. Make sure to click to make it the default search engine.

Firefox based browsers

  1. Log into Kagi, then right click browser address/search bar and select "Add Kagi Search".
  2. Go to about:preferences#search and change the default search engine to Kagi Search.

Safari

  1. Install the Kagi Search for Safari extension from one of our community members.
  2. Activate the extension in Safari -> Preferences -> Extensions.
  3. Enjoy Kagi search from your Safari address bar!

You can also try Orion browser, Kagi's WebKit-based browser for Mac, which has built-in integration with Kagi Search.

iOS
You can use xSearch on iOS to set different search engines in Safari or again use Orion browser which has native support for Kagi Search.

Custom use
For search URL use:
https://kagi.com/search?q={searchTerms}

and for autosuggestions use:
https://kagi.com/api/autosuggest?q={searchTerms}

To use Kagi Search inside a private browser session you can use the login token.

Why use Kagi instead of Google?

Google’s search engine has indeed changed the world and the way we access information, and we value this contribution. We’re grateful to have access to Google's search technology and infrastructure for Kagi.

But instead of trying to create a search product for billions of people, we want to develop a refined search experience for sophisticated customers who value high-quality results, privacy and speed.

Kagi will allow you to discover well-written articles from lesser-known blogs and use features like Lenses to personalize results. Ad-supported search must avoid this kind of depth and flexibility to stay profitable.

why use Kagi instead of Google

Why use Kagi instead of DuckDuckGo?

DuckDuckGo has shown the world that a privacy-first search engine is possible, and we respect this contribution. But innovation has slowed there in the past decade. Ad-supported business models will always force a company to balance between serving users and advertisers, which hinders innovation. Its search product is ”good enough” (by our standard, sorry DuckDuckGo!) and has been so for years without any ground-breaking features.

Kagi Search already has advanced features, like personalized results and "Lenses", with more coming each week. And because we depend only on our users for revenue, Kagi can and will offer a much richer search experience for the user. We hope that our relentless focus on our users and their needs shows throughout our product.

why use Kagi instead of DuckDuckGo

Does Kagi support !bangs?

Yes, Kagi supports all DuckDuckGo-style bangs.

Even “free” search providers come with costs. Your private details pass through your searches, and search results can influence your thoughts and actions. Businesses that monetize your data owe you more than just a "free" account! Our stand against ad-supported business models has created a 100% ad-free search experience, focused entirely on our users.

If you want a search experience tailored to you and your needs, one that could also make the world a slightly better place, then you need to break free from the ruts that advertisers and corporations have guided us into. Investing in Kagi is investing in your online future.

why pay for search

How much will Kagi cost?

Kagi will be completely free during the beta-test period for all users. Once we officially launch, we plan to offer entry level plans for as low as $10/month, with bundles to include email and other services at around $30/month.

Where are your results coming from?

We use heuristics and deep learning to understand query intent, select the best information sources, query them directly using APIs, and rank the results. You can think of Kagi as a "search client," working like an email client, connecting to indexes and sources to find relevant results and package them into a superior, secure and privacy-respecting search experience for you.

Our searching includes anonymized requests to traditional search indexes like Google and Bing as well as vertical sources like Wikipedia and DeepL or other APIs. We also have our own non-commercial index (Teclis), news index (TinyGem), and an AI for instant answers.

Teclis and TinyGem are a result of our crawl through millions of domains, focusing primarily on non-commercial, high-quality content. Our unique results help you discover some of the best content you can possibly find online, sometimes in the quieter places on the web.

And of course, we answer quick queries like “How far is the sun from the earth?” or “10kg in lbs” with our instant-answer systems that use dozens of sources and APIs, all connected to you quickly yet transparently.

How does Kagi achieve superior search quality?

Kagi can surface unique, high-quality, non-commercial content while avoiding results bloated by ads and tracking. Kagi's non-commercial index (Teclis) and non-commercial news index (TinyGem) as well as instant answers (IA) offer high-quality, relevant and authentic results for the user. Clicking "Info" in search results will show a percentage of these unique Kagi results in search results.

Take a look at Kagi’s responses to a “steve jobs” query.

search quality example
Actual Kagi search results

These results are authentic to Kagi. To provide them, we even crawl the Wayback Machine to dig up great content that no longer exists in its original state online. In every search, Kagi will always display unique results when possible as well as some of the typical fare.

With Kagi, you also get to influence search results. You can mute or favor domains, giving you an unprecedented level of personalization and refinement. And finally with Kagi’s "Lenses" you can define filters to narrow the scope of certain searches. A "Programming" or "Recipes" Lens can provide results only from sites you trust..

search quality example

Why does it appear that Kagi has fewer search results compared to Google?

We believe the name of the game in search is quality, not quantity. Search engine's job is to provide the best answer fast and within the reach of one or two pages of results. If the user needs to go to page 17 to find what they were looking for, we would have failed anyway.

Also note that one page of Kagi results will show 20-30 organic results compared to just 10 results typically shown on other search engines. So two pages of Kagi results are actually an equivalent of about six pages of results in other search engines!

Other search engines may also show an inflated number of results available. The reality is they do not really have that many which you can check yourself by clicking through pages of their results, which one point abruptly stop. So between deceiving users with provisional high number and showing the best results we think there are, we chose the latter.

We feel our approach is in line with our values. In the unlikely event of not finding what you are looking for, you can always modify the query slightly to get new results.

Does Kagi censor results?

We do our best to avoid censorship. Some results from traditional sources will reflect biases, but they’ll be balanced by results from other sources. Also we have built product features to help with bias reduction. For example, our "News 360" Lens includes articles from respectable media outlets across the globe.

One of the signals that does influence our ranking is the presence of ads or trackers. We penalize bloated sites regardless of their agendas.

How does Kagi rank results?

Our algorithm primarily focuses on relevancy and user intent. When it makes sense, we try to prioritize non-commercial sources. A highly relevant answer to your query from a monetized site will fall lower in your results than the same answer from an educational site. Of course, if a site has a naturally high rank, Kagi factors that in as well. And if you personalize your searches, domains you mute will lose ground to domains you prefer.

kagi ranks

Nope. Say goodbye to those paid entries at the top of your results page, because Kagi only shows the organic results to your queries.

Will Kagi have maps with local businesses?

Yes. We’re developing our Maps app, already available in Kagi, and we’ll soon add map results to the main search results page.

Will Kagi show stocks/weather/sports scores in results?

Yes. We know our users love these features, and so do we! They’re next on our development agenda.

How does Kagi protect my privacy?

”Free” search engines have two ways to make money – get more users or sell more ads per user. The easiest, fastest way is to mine more data to sell ads more effectively. Many search-engine companies have buckled under investor pressure, leading us to the online privacy issues we have today.

Paid models like Kagi only make money when users pay us, and users only pay when they receive great value. We offer superior result quality, features, speed and of course privacy. If we compromise on any of these points, we lose users. Therefore we have to offer a better product that includes the best possible privacy.

We designed our product to give you a good answer and get you on your way instead of forcing you to wade through a swamp of results that have leeches lurking under the surface.

What data does Kagi collect?

Only bare necessities to run the service. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

How can I use Kagi in private browser sessions?

Kagi features a 'login token' which is simply a URL parameter that you can use to automatically log you into your existing Kagi session, from anywhere, including using search within private browser sessions. You can visit Account settings to get your login token.

This token is attached to the session it was copied from. You can log out of that session if you need to invalidate it for any reason.

How fast is Kagi?

Ahhh... speed. We’re obsessed with increasing speed and lowering latency, and we currently use three approaches. First, we optimized our technology stack to increase code execution speed and decrease connection latency.

kagi speed user feedback

Then we reduced data transfer between Kagi and the browser, in some cases as much as 20x less compared to some of our competitors! This reduction has the neat side-effect of reducing CO2 emissions. Using Kagi Search will benefit the environment as well as you!

Product Search Result Page Size CO2 Load Time
Kagi 0.76 MB 0.43 g 0.4 s
Ecosia 1.55 MB 0.89 g 1.2 s
Bing 1.94 MB 1.11 g 0.8 s
Google 2.43 MB 1.39 g 2.4 s
DuckDuckGo 2.48 MB 1.42 g 2.1 s
Data from ecoping.earth

Finally, our infrastructure is global, so you’ll always connect automatically to the Kagi node closest to you.

Can you share a few pro tips for using Kagi?

Certainly! We take pride in our index of high-quality, non-commercial results. Check ”Interesting Finds” for relevant yet slightly unusual results or ”Blast from the Past” for answers that exist only in the historical archives of the internet.

why use Kagi instead of Google

You can also get instant answers to direct questions from Kagi’s AI, like “5*123,” “10 ft in meters” or “translate hello to spanish.”

In Kagi, you can use typical search operators as well as the search bangs popularized by DuckDuckGo. For example, if you want to find TVs on Amazon, you can enter “!a tv” and go right to Amazon’s TV selections.

If you know CSS, you can customize your search results page into nearly any style. This feature is an example of our power-user settings, with more on the horizon.

Finally, Kagi Lenses allows you to specify what sites you see in your results. We provide a couple of Lenses to get you started, such as one to search only online discussions and forums.

What is the name of Kagi mascot?

We simply call him ”doggo” for now.

Are you hiring?

It depends. Do you have advanced Crystal (backend) and/or vanilla Javascript (frontend) knowledge? Can you solve difficult problems and code exceptionally well? (We’ll send a test project.) Send your CV to vprelovac@kagi.com.

What if I find a security issue?

If you discover potential security issues on our platform, please notify our security contact.

How do I join Kagi’s Discord server?

The Kagi beta Discord server is a great way to provide feedback and have direct communication with our team. You can join this server here.

About

Kagi's founder is Vladimir Prelovac: "With Kagi and Orion, we’re striving to build better ways to experience the web, ways that are safe yet fun for everyone, including my own kids." Kagi was created in 2018, is bootstrapped by the founder and is being built by a world-wide passionate team.

We are also building Orion, an insanely fast, privacy-respecting browser, currently in private beta for Mac.

If you'd like to know more or get involved, please feel welcome to reach out to vlad@kagi.com.

We hope that our work impacts people's lives in some small way for the better. Thank you very much for being a part of this.






Keyboard shortcuts
j / arrowdown Move highlight down a result
k / arrowup Move highlight up a result
enter Go to highlighted result
(or open first result, which would be highlighted)
/ Focus the search bar
Escape Reset highlight scroll state to first result
Shift + ~ Open control center
s Open search tab
i Open images tab
v Open videos tab
m Open maps tab
n Open news tab
Tab Cycle forward between navigation tabs
Shift + Tab Cycle backwards between navigation tabs
Search operators
filetype: Returns only search results that match a particular file extension
site: Returns only search results from a particular website
+keyword Finds webpages that contain all the terms that are preceded by the + symbol.
“words” Finds the exact words in a phrase
() Finds or excludes webpages that contain a group of words
AND or & Finds webpages that contain all the terms or phrases.
NOT or - Excludes webpages that contain a term or phrase.
OR or | Finds webpages that contain either of the terms or phrases.