Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kagi?

Kagi is a new movement with the goal of a more humane internet. We want to stop and reverse the degradation of the web that is happening before our eyes. Web was envisioned as a web of creativity and self-expression and we strive to leave our children such web, where values other than insatiable monetization of content and attention exist and thrive.

We are creating Kagi as a steward of the values enabling the long-term sustainability of the web based on respecting user privacy and the right of users to be treated respectfully.

Kagi currently consists of Kagi Search, which is a fast, 100% privacy-respecting web search engine and the Orion Browser - a fast, privacy-respecting browser. In the future we plan to release the email product as well, offering an alternative way to experience the internet.

What is Kagi Search?

Kagi Search is a very fast, user-centric, 100% privacy-respecting web search engine with unique results. Did we say it was lightning fast? It is search built by professionals, for professionals. In Kagi you will see only the most relevant results with no ads.

We want Kagi Search to be the best search engine for people who want a search experience with uncompromising results quality, privacy by design and unrivaled speed. By doing that, we want to support the sustainability of the web based on the ethical web principles, ensuring a better web for our children.

Is Kagi Search available now?

Kagi Search is currently in invite-only beta. You can sign up by visiting kagi.com. We send new invites every week.

Kagi is already very functional and you will find most features you would expect in a search engine and then some. For example in Kagi you can throw a bunch of sites (or use other parameters) into a 'lens' and get results only from this group. We are also building our own Maps feature called Kagi Maps. We support many regions in the world already. And we are 100% privacy-respecting!

Also note that this is an early stage product and many things will not be as polished. We are undergoing rapid development and things may break from time to time. Please report to us any bugs or suggestions you may have.

Why pay for search?

As a paying customer, you get the uncompromising search experience and a product designed to serve you.

Any search, even with a “free” search provider, has a cost. Your life’s private details pass through your searches. Your thoughts and actions are influenced by what you see in your search results. Business that monetize your data owe you a lot more than a "free" account for what they get! Here at Kagi, the arrangement is clear and simple. Your interest comes first, and your privacy is always protected.

We are also taking a stand against ad-supported business models and designing Kagi Search as a 100% ad-free search experience, focused on the user and their needs.

why use Kagi instead of Google

What is Kagi's philosophy?

Kagi Search is designed as premium search product. We are completly free from ads and other commercial influences like affiliate links or data monetization. Kagi's only source of revenue is what our users pay for it.

Only this business model guarantees full alignment of our incentives with the incentives of our users. And only this approach allows us to be obsessed with providing our users with the best possible search experience at all times including respect for their privacy.

Further down the road if Kagi Search should become a business success, we commit to sharing 50% of our profits with websites appearing in our search results, proportional to their utility to users, automatically for all websites (meaning a site owner may log into Kagi after few years and find out they have funds waiting for them).

Why use Kagi instead of Google?

We'd like to first acknowledge that Google has indeed changed the world and the way we access information and we value this contribution. We are therefore grateful to be able to use some of Google's search technology and infrastructure in our search product.

This is also where similarities end and our product philosophies start to diverge. We are not trying to build a search product for billions of people, but a refined search experience for sophisticated customers who value high quality results, privacy and speed above everything else.

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.

We also believe that DuckDuckGo’s business model (ad-supported search) is problematic long-term both for the user and for the web. We are hoping to offer both superior search results and even better privacy by default, as our revenue will come only from our users.

why use Kagi instead of DDG

Where are your results coming from?

The short version is we use heuristics and deep learning to understand query intent and select the best information sources, then query them directly. We're using a large number of sources.

Once we understand query intent, we then select the best places to find the answer, and then query them directly in real time via API, then apply a ranking system for the results (which may involve user preferences). Among the sources we use are traditional web search indexes (including both Google and Bing) where and when we need them. When we do so, it is done in an anonymized way so these engines never know whom is the query coming from. Currently additional major sources include Wikipedia, HERE and Yelp.

In addition, we have crawled about 6M domains and we're building our own vertical indexes as well. At the moment our index is focused solely on high-quality, non-commercial content and our goal is to push more and more of that, while penalizing pages heavy in ads and tracking in our results. Our unique results currently represent 5%-10% of all results that you will see in your Kagi searches. See the section about search quality below for more details.

Finally, a lot of queries are answered by our question answering systems, for example when you ask how far is the sun). Significant number of queries like for example 10 usd in eur are answered using dozens of different sources and APIs, all connected for you in one place.

How does Kagi achieve superior search quality?

Kagi is able to surface unique, high quality, non-commercial content in its search results while penalizing results heavy in ads and tracking.

For example, here are the three types of search results that are new and unique to Kagi (for the query steve jobs).

search quality example
Actual Kagi search results

These highly relveant, high quality results, can not be found on any other search engine in the world currently for the same query and are 100% unique to kagi Search. These results are characterized by being non-commercial and highly authentic authentic. We even crawl the Web Archive to dig up great content that does not exist on the original website anymore, but does still live on the web thanks to Web Archive. When using Kagi, we show you a percent of search results that are unique to Kagi and do not come from the index of other search engines.

Kagi also allows users to set preferred domains in search results, and completely mute results from others. This allows for an unprecedented level of personalization and search result refinement.

search quality example

Finally Kagi also features "lenses" which are special user-definable filters that allow the user to narrow the scope of search to only a couple of websites for example. Make your own "Programming" or "Recipes" Kagi lens and enjoy results only from sites you trust.

How does Kagi respect my privacy?

We believe that privacy is a fundamental human right. And when a company cares about privacy, choosing the right business model that is transparent and aligns incentives becomes very important.

We have designed our search product in a way that we do not need to monetize your data in any way. Our only source of revenue is what you pay for Kagi Search. Thus our primary incentive is to make Kagi Search as good as it can possibly be, in order to serve you and your needs best as possible. Any private data that you share with us will not be misused for any other purpose. That is our guarantee to you.

What data does Kagi collect?

At this moment, only your email. We do not store your search history, IP address or any other information. This is not likely to change.

How fast is Kagi?

Ahhh... speed. "I feel the need... the need for speed!" is a quote from "Top Gun" that we live by. We are obsessed with increasing the speed and lowering the latency of our search product.

kagi speed user feedback

There are three ways Kagi achieves this. First, we optimized our technology stack to increase code execution speed and decrease HTTP(S) connection latency.

Then we have minimized the amount of data transferred between Kagi and the browser. Kagi Search is lightweight and transferes as much as 20x less data for the same search results page compared to some of our competitors. This not only considerably increases your speed but also has a neat side-effect on reducing CO2 emissions (as every byte transferred over the web impacts it). Using kagi Search will not only benefit you but also the environment.

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 and you will always be automatically connected with the Kagi node closest to your location.

Can you share a few pro tips for using Kagi?

Certainly!

We take pride in our own index featuring high quality, non-commercial results. To get a feel of it try a query like 'steve jobs'. You will see a number of organic results you will not find in any other search engine. There is also 'Digs' section for results we think may be particularly interesting and 'Blast from the Past' section for results we thought are high quality but are not on the traditional web anymore, rather they exist saved by the internet archive project.

why use Kagi instead of Google

Kagi also features instant answers for your questions using our advanced AI capabilities. If you ask Kagi a question, in many instances you will get a direct answer. Kagi also features a 'computer' for use as an advanced calculator, unit conversion or translator. Just try something like '5*123', '10 ft in meters' or 'translate hello to spanish'.

In Kagi you can use search operators that you are used to as well as all search bangs popularized by DuckDuckGo search engine. For example, if you want to search for TVs on Amazon, you can enter '!a tv' and will autoamtically take you to the right search results page on Amazon.

If you have the skills to work with CSS, Kagi allows you to specify a custom CSS modification, so you can practically make the search results page look like anything you want. This is just one example of the many power-user settings that we have, with many more on the horizon.

Finally, try Kagi Lenses. Define a "lens" by specifying what sites you want to see in the results. This is a pretty powerful feature in the hands of a power-user and we provide a couple of lenses to get you started (for example a lens to search only online discussions and forums).

How do I set Kagi as my default search engine?

Instructions for 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.

Instructions for 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.

Instructions for Safari

  1. Open kagi.com
  2. Open Menu -> Preferences -> General
  3. Select "Set to Current Page". Select "Home Page" option for New tab and New window "opens with".
  4. You can also open System preferences-> Keybord-> Text and replace "!k" with "https://kagi.com/search?q=" . This will allow you to search using "!k[text]" in your Safari address bar.

You can also use our Orion browser (WebKit-based Safari alternative) which has built in integration with Kagi Search.

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

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

What is the name of Kagi mascot?

It does not have an official name yet. But we like to refer to him as 'doggo'.

Are you hiring?

Yes. You think you can build a search engine or an interface for one? Game on. Requirements are Crystal and/or vanilla Javascript. Remote is OK. Work experience and education is secondary - but you need to know how to solve difficult problems and code exceptionally well (we will send a test project). Send your CV to vprelovac@kagi.com.

About Kagi

Kagi's founder is Vladimir Prelovac, a tech entrepreneur with a track record of executing ambitious ideas that go beyond conventional wisdom. Kagi was founded in 2019 and bootstrapped by the founder. Kagi is being built by a world-wide passionate team.

Kagi is also building a WebKit based, privacy-respecting browser for Mac, currently in private beta.

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