A year and a half ago, I posted about how to configure Opera and Iron so that the omni-bar/awesome-bar uses Scroogle as the default search engine. Today Scroogle has been down for like 36 hours, so I guess it’s time to update this with another search engine. And in the process I’m adding instructions on how to configure the Firefox address bar search engine. I write this for Duckduckgo, but of course instructions are fairly similar for any alternative, except that you need to figure out the query URL (shouldn’t be too hard as most search engines use GET rather than POST).
about:config, edit the
keyword.URL setting: set its value to
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=. That’s all already (for the address bar). For the search bar, just install this add-on.
Iron (should be the same for Chome)
In Iron options got to Basics → Search → Manage search engines. Then add a new search engine as follow:
- Name: DuckDuckGo/em> (you can choose another if you want)
- Keyword: duckduckgo.com (you can choose another if you want)
- URL: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s
Finally, click on “make default”. Also note that you can avoid the typing by just going to DuckDuckGo and then clicking on “Chrome” at the bottom of the page. Step 3 of their mini-guide has a script to automatically add DDG as a search engine (but you’ll still have to set it as default manually).
Opera 12.x (doesn’t seem to work on that terrible Opera 15)
For the detailed manual way, see my previously mentioned post about adding Scroogle. The easy way now: it should already be in your search engine list. Unroll your search engine bar, click Manage search engines, select duckduckgo and click edit. Unroll the detailed view and check use as default search engine.
If you don’t already have DDG (quite unlikely, but who knows…), it’s even easier, actually: go to DuckDuckGo, right click on their search box (not the Opera search box, the DDG website search box) and click Create Search. Enter d for keyword (you can choose any, but that’s the way DDG suggests, and that’s how it is on my default Opera installation), and check use as default search engine.
Voilà, all done 🙂