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Mojeek logo2020.png
Mojeek screenshot.png
Type of site
Search engine
Available inEnglish, French, German
HeadquartersBrighton, United Kingdom[1]
OwnerMojeek Limited[2]
Created byMarc Smith,
LaunchedOctober 2004; 17 years ago (2004-10)[3]
Current statusOnline
Written inC programming language

Mojeek is a search engine based in the United Kingdom.[4] The search results provided by Mojeek come from its own index of web pages, created by crawling the web.[5][6]


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.[7]

In 2006, Mojeek became the first search engine to have a no tracking privacy policy. This policy remains in place to this day.[8]

After receiving investment, Mojeek was officially incorporated as a limited company in 2009.[9]

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."[10]

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."[11][12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

As of May 2019, Mojeek's index contained over 2.3 billion pages,[15] and by April 2020, that number had increased to over 3 billion.[16] As of June 2021 Mojeek has 4 billion pages [17] and in March 2022, 5 billion pages. [18]

Key features[edit]

Mojeek is a crawler-based search engine that provides independent[19] search results using its own index of web pages, rather than using results from other search engines.


  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. ^ Top 10 Search Engines in the UK 18-03-25
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Expert Internet Searching: Fifth edition ISBN 978-1-78330-249-9
  7. ^ Techmash!, Team (2018-09-05). "Mojeek! The British Alternative Search Engine!". Techmash. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  8. ^ "Privacy Policy, Wayback Machine internet archive from Mojeek website, 06-03-18)". Archived from the original on 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  9. ^ "MOJEEK LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  10. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 26 Jan 2011 (pt 0002)". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  11. ^ Mojeek Colocation Case Study, Custodian Data Centre, 18-06-30
  12. ^ "Custodian Data Centres". Custodian DC.
  13. ^ "Mojeek interviewed on BBC". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  14. ^ Watts, Jack (2017-07-14). "Artificial Emotional Intelligence for Web Browsing | NVIDIA Blog". The Official NVIDIA Blog. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Brownbill, Finn (2020-04-29). "Three Billion Page Milestone and App Availability". Mojeek Official Blog.
  17. ^ Long, Joshua (2021-03-28). "Mojeek Reaches the 4 Billion Page Milestone". Mojeek Official Blog.
  18. ^ Long, Joshua (2022-03-08). "Mojeek Surpasses 5 Billion Pages". Mojeek Official Blog.
  19. ^ "» 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.

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