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.
Kagi is pronounced as ka-gi, accented in the same way as yogi. If still not sure, listen to it here.
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.
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.
Kagi will be completely free during the beta-test period for all users. Once we officially launch, we are dedicated to providing the best possible search experience to our users at a reasonable price. We plan to offer entry level plans for as low as $10/month, unlimited plan at around $20-$30/mo as well as have bundles (to include Kagi email and other services), organization/team plans, family plans and annual payment discounts available.
We understand that for some user this may sound prohibitively expensive, but unfortunately we are not in the position to set the price point by consensus or market expectation, but by realistic cost of providing the service at a given level of quality in a way that potentially ensures sustainability and serving our customers long-term.
Chrome based browsers (Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi...)
- Open this URL in your search bar: chrome://settings/searchEngines
- Type "kagi" into the smaller search bar
- Click the three dots
- Click "Make default"
Firefox based browsers
- Open https://kagi.com, then right click browser address/search bar and select "Add Kagi Search".
- Open this URL in your search bar: about:preferences#search
- Scroll to "Default Search Engine" and select Kagi from the dropdown.
- Install the Kagi Search for Safari extension from one of our community members.
- Activate the extension in Safari -> Preferences -> Extensions.
- 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.
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.
For search URL use:
and for autosuggestions use:
To use Kagi Search inside a private browser session you can use the login token.
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.
We don't want to kill Google :) Google serves a purpose in the world and it did help enable the modern society to exist, with all its marvels and flaws. Heck, it even enables Kagi to exist!
Think of Kagi as a small, premium brand, providing a very different search experience.
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.
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 influenced by advertising spends 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 a more humane web, your online future and the future of your children, if you believe in them growing in a world where they are not bombarded with ads from an early age.
We will let the founders of Google explain this one. The year is 1998, and the idea of Google was just born.
"Currently, the predominant business model for commercial search engines is advertising. The goals of the advertising business model do not always correspond to providing quality search to users. For example, in our prototype search engine one of the top results for cellular phone is "The Effect of Cellular Phone Use Upon Driver Attention", a study which explains in great detail the distractions and risk associated with conversing on a cell phone while driving. This search result came up first because of its high importance as judged by the PageRank algorithm, an approximation of citation importance on the web [Page, 98].
It is clear that a search engine which was taking money for showing cellular phone ads would have difficulty justifying the page that our system returned to its paying advertisers. For this type of reason and historical experience with other media [Bagdikian 83], we expect that advertising funded search engines will be inherently biased towards the advertisers and away from the needs of the consumers."
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page, 1998
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Nope. Say goodbye to those paid entries at the top of your results page, because Kagi only shows the organic results to your queries.
Yes. We’re developing our Maps app, already available in Kagi, and we’ll soon add map results to the main search results page.
Yes. We know our users love these features, and so do we! They’re next on our development agenda.
”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.
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.
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.
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||SERP 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|
|2.43 MB||1.39 g||2.4 s|
|DuckDuckGo||2.48 MB||1.42 g||2.1 s|
Finally, our infrastructure is global, so you’ll always connect automatically to the Kagi node closest to you.
The table below should give you a general idea about how Kagi stacks up compared to some of the most popular search engines around.
|Has own search results||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Builds own Maps||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|User can block sites||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Ad-free business model||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Anonymises user data||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Zero search telemetry||Yes||No||No||No||No|
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.
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.
We simply call him ”doggo” for now.
The designer insisted that Kagi logo is "anchored" in the letter "g" and we had to agree. Besides, can't let Google own letter "g" too, can we? ;)
No. That Kagi went bankrupt in an unfortunate turn of events. We liked the name and acquired it when we got the chance.
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 will be given an invite once you are added to the beta.
Does Kagi have an assets page?
Yes! You can go to Kagi Assets to view all of our assets and download them!
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 and is running on tight budget, bootstrapped by the founder's funds from the previous exit. Kagi is based in SF Bay Area, and is being built by a fully remote 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that our work impacts people's lives in some small way for the better. Thank you very much for your interest in being a part of this!