DDG Site Search in Launchbar

May 21, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

This is kind of a "duh" tip but still one I use every day. I have several DuckDuckGo site specific searches in Launchbar. For this site, I just used the html parameters that show my own custom search results.

http://duckduckgo.com/?q=*&sites=www.macdrifter.com&sort=date&kj=%23C0724F&k3=macdrifter&kx=%23C0724F&ky=t&kaa=%23919191&ka=a&kt=h&kk=s&ko=1&k9=%23A90101&kg=g

But really the basic site search prototype in LaunchBar looks like this, where the asterisk indicates where LaunchBar will insert the search terms:

http://duckduckgo.com/?q=*&sites=www.macdrifter.com

Once it is saved and indexed:

  • cmd-opt to bring up LaunchBar
  • Type "macd" and return
  • Type the terms to search for and return
  • Get a new safari window with the results
  • Piss away the few seconds I saved on something else

To setup a new search, visit the LaunchBar Index. The click on the Search Templates (UTF-8) and click "Add..." at the bottom of the window. Create the new search and save and update the index.

Bonus

A few other LaunchBar searches I have.1

Dr. Drang's wisdom:

http://www.leancrew.com/all-this/?s=*

Shawn's Goodness:

http://duckduckgo.com/?sites=shawnblanc.net&k8=%23444444&k9=%23BC5007&kt=h&q=*

MacSparky's Notes:

http://www.macsparky.com/display/Search?searchQuery=*&moduleId=5299113&moduleFilter=&categoryFilter=&startAt=0

Clark's Tricks:

http://www.libertypages.com/clarktech/index.php?s=*

Update

One last one for Brett Terpstra. His search redirects so I just went with the redirected URL format.

http://brettterpstra.com/search/*

  1. I often use the search that the site was designed to work with, unless it sucks. 

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