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Web address
Type of site
Web search engine
Registration Optional
Available in English
Written in C/C++
Created by Matt Wells
Launched 2000; 15 years ago (2000)
Alexa rank
Current status Online

Gigablast is a small independent web search engine based in New Mexico.[2] It was founded in 2000 by Matt Wells, formerly of Infoseek. Its source code was released under the Apache license in 2013. It was bought by Yippy, Inc. in 2013.[3]

Gigablast provides, or has provided, search results to other companies, such as Ixquick,[4] Clusty,[5] Zuula, Snap,[6] and Blingo.

In 2003, New York Times columnist Lee Dembart mentioned that "Gigablast has its adherents", but opined that Google is "head and shoulders" above it, and adds that Google's search results are more complete.[7]

In July 2013, the Gigablast search engine source code in C/C++ was released as open source under version 2.0 of the Apache license.[8]


Gigablast supports various specialized searches and Boolean operators.[9] It also supports a related-concepts feature called "Giga Bits"[10] and a blog-search feature.[11]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Burge, Randy (11 June 2007). "New Mexico's soil fertile for brainchilds". Albuquerque Tribune. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Yippy, Inc. (YIPI) to acquire Gigablast, Inc. and Web Research Properties, LLC to Expand Consumer Search, Enterprise, and eDiscovery Products", PR Newswire, 26 June 2013
  4. ^ "Ixquick Q&A". Ixquick. January 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Do Alternative Search Engines Measure Up?". PC World. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Delaney, Kevin J. (6 October 2004). "Snap Enters Field Of Search Engines With Some Twists". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2013. Closed access
  7. ^ Dembart, Lee (March 24, 2003). "Being Googled". The New York Times. Google is indispensable to anyone who uses the Internet. It isn't the only search engine — Teoma has its adherents, as does Gigablast — but Google is head and shoulders above the others. 
  8. ^ "Gigablast Now an Open Source Search Engine". PR Newswire. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Rubenking, Janet (1 February 2003). "Search Smarter". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Shaw, Maura D. (2007). "Conducting Advanced Searches". Mastering Online Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective and Efficient Search Strategies. Writer's Digest. p. 81. ISBN 1582974586. 
  11. ^ Arrington, Michael (9 July 2005). "Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 


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