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Type of site
Search engine
Available inEnglish, French, German
HeadquartersBrighton, United Kingdom[1]
OwnerMojeek Limited[2]
Created byMarc Smith,
LaunchedOctober 2004; 18 years ago (2004-10)[3]
Current statusOnline
Written inC programming language

Mojeek (/ˈmk/ MOH-jeek[4]) is a search engine based in the United Kingdom.[5] The search results provided by Mojeek come from its own index of web pages, created by crawling the web.[6][7][8]


In 2004, the Mojeek search engine started out as a personal project by Marc Smith at the Sussex Innovation Centre. The search technology was created from the ground up using mostly the C programming language and for much of its early life, the servers were run from Marc's bedroom.[9]

In 2006, Mojeek became the first search engine to have a no tracking privacy policy. This policy remains in place to this day.[10]

After receiving investment, Mojeek was officially incorporated as a limited company in 2009.[11]

On 26 January 2011, it was highlighted as an alternative British-based search engine during a Parliamentary debate on UK internet search engines over "allegations of manipulation of Google's search results, particularly the unfavourable treatment of its unpaid and sponsored results, and the preferential placement of [their] own services."[12]

As of 2013, Mojeek's servers are run from the Custodian data centres in Maidstone, which bills itself as "one of the greenest data centres in the UK."[13][14]

On 15 April 2015, the BBC's World Global Show and Radio 5 Live talked to Marc about the Mojeek search engine and the EU's decision to file a complaint against Google over alleged anti-competitive behaviour.[15]

In 2017, in partnership with EMRAYS Technologies, Mojeek launched a demo of their emotional search engine which allows users to search for pages with certain emotional content.[16]

As of May 2019, Mojeek's index contained over 2.3 billion pages,[17] and by April 2020, that number had increased to over 3 billion.[18] As of June 2021 Mojeek has 4 billion pages [19] and in March 2022, 5 billion pages.[20] It hit the 6 billion mark in October 2022.[21]

In 2022, Mojeek became the default search engine of Privacy Browser.[22] It was subsequently added to Pale Moon[23] and the SerenityOS web browser.[24]

Key features[edit]

Mojeek is a crawler-based search engine that provides independent[25] search results using its own index of web pages, rather than using results from other search engines.


On October 23, 2022. Mojeek confirmed on Twitter there's no real meaning or genuine etymology behind the word "mojeek" and that the word was simply made up.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sussex Innovation Centre | UKSPA". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  2. ^ "MOJEEK LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ "Mojeek Search Preview". Mojeek. 2004-11-27. Archived from the original on 2004-11-27. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  4. ^ "Get to Know Mojeek". Facebook. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  5. ^ Top 10 Search Engines in the UK 18-03-25
  6. ^ More than £1.5 billion of revenue passes through servers held at Custodian Data Centre, the high-security site in Maidstone, Kent Online, 17-03-02
  7. ^ Expert Internet Searching: Fifth edition ISBN 978-1-78330-249-9
  8. ^ Simister, George (2022-11-08). "Meet Mojeek, the UK search engine taking on Google's 'unhealthy monopoly'". UKTN. Retrieved 2022-11-15.
  9. ^ Techmash!, Team (2018-09-05). "Mojeek! The British Alternative Search Engine!". Techmash. Archived from the original on 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  10. ^ "Privacy Policy, Wayback Machine internet archive from Mojeek website, 06-03-18)". Archived from the original on 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  11. ^ "MOJEEK LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  12. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 26 Jan 2011 (pt 0002)". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  13. ^ "Mojeek Colocation Case Study, Custodian Data Centre, 18-06-30" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  14. ^ "Custodian Data Centres". Custodian DC.
  15. ^ "Mojeek interviewed on BBC". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  16. ^ Watts, Jack (2017-07-14). "Artificial Emotional Intelligence for Web Browsing | NVIDIA Blog". The Official NVIDIA Blog. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  17. ^ Richards, Luke (2019-03-05). "Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch". Search Engine Watch. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  18. ^ Brownbill, Finn (2020-04-29). "Three Billion Page Milestone and App Availability". Mojeek Official Blog.
  19. ^ Long, Joshua (2021-03-28). "Mojeek Reaches the 4 Billion Page Milestone". Mojeek Official Blog.
  20. ^ Long, Joshua (2022-03-08). "Mojeek Surpasses 5 Billion Pages". Mojeek Official Blog.
  21. ^ Long, Joshua (2022-10-06). "Mojeek – Now 6 Billion Pages". Mojeek Official Blog.
  22. ^ Stoutner, Soren (2022-05-31). "Mojeek Blog Post". Stoutner - Programs that respect your privacy.
  23. ^ "Pale Moon - Release Notes". Archived from the original on 2022-08-05. Retrieved 2022-08-04. v31.1.0 (2022-06-07) ... we've contacted Mojeek to have their search engine added by default to Pale Moon. This was done to offer a truly independent search alternative that has its own (long-standing) search index of the Web and does not rely on the major indexers like Bing, Google or Yahoo
  24. ^ "Browser: Add Brave and Mojeek to search engines by Xexxa · Pull Request #14504 · SerenityOS/serenity". GitHub. 2022-07-10.
  25. ^ "» Have it your way with the Mojeek search engine". Pandia. 2013-05-26. Archived from the original on 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  26. ^ Tweet about Mojeek

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