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Type of site
Web search engine
Available in English
Created by Matt Wells
Alexa rank Negative increase 103,116 (July 2017)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Current status Online
Written in C/C++

Gigablast is a web search engine founded in 2000. In 2015, it claimed to have indexed over 12 billion web pages, and received billions of queries per month.[2]

The search engine source code is written in the programming languages C and C++. It was released as open-source software under the Apache License version 2, in July 2013.[3]

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

In 2003, The New York Times columnist Lee Dembart stated 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]


Developer(s) Matt Wells
Stable release
1.20-1 (x64,[8] i386[9])
Written in C/C++
Operating system GNU/Linux
Type Web search engine
License Apache License 2.0


Gigablast supports various specialized searches and Boolean algebra operators.[10] It also supports a related-concepts feature called Giga Bits[11] and a blog-search feature.[12]


Gigablast started as a small independent web search engine based in New Mexico.[13] It was founded in 2000 by Matt Wells, formerly of Infoseek.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
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  3. ^ "Gigablast Now an Open Source Search Engine". PR Newswire. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Ixquick Q&A" (PDF). 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 publication – behind paywall
  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.
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  10. ^ Rubenking, Janet (1 February 2003). "Search Smarter". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Arrington, Michael (9 July 2005). "Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  13. ^ Burge, Randy (11 June 2007). "New Mexico's soil fertile for brainchilds". Albuquerque Tribune. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.


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