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Type of site
Web search engine
Available inEnglish, French, German
HeadquartersBrighton, United Kingdom[1]
OwnerMojeek Limited[2]
Created byMarc Smith,
Alexa rank158,166 (January 21, 2019)[3]
LaunchedOctober 2004; 14 years ago (2004-10)[4]
Current statusOnline
Written inC programming language

Mojeek is a web 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]


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.[8] Mojeek was created with the aim of an independent and alternative search engine.[9]

In 2006, Mojeek became one of the first search engines 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]

From 2013, Mojeek’s servers are run from the Custodian data centres in Maidstone.[13]. Since then, their index has grown and now contains over two billion web pages as of 2018.[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]

Key features[edit]

As Mojeek is a crawler-based search engine, it provides independent[17] search results using its own index of web pages, rather than using results from other mainstream search engines. According to some the results generated are unbiased which may well better represent the information available.[18][19][20]

Mojeek is a search engine[21][22] which has a no tracking privacy policy, meaning it does not include any personally identifiable information, or associate previous search history with any particular user, and therefore does not track users.[23]


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  3. ^ " Traffic Statistics". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
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  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. ^ Mojeek the British alternative search engine, 18-09-05
  9. ^ Mojeek the alternative search engine, eBuyer, 18-06-12
  10. ^ Privacy Policy, Wayback Machine internet archive from Mojeek website, 06-03-18
  11. ^ Companies House register, 09-05-28
  12. ^ UK Internet Search Engines, Daily Hansard Column 138WH, 11-01-26
  13. ^ Mojeek Colocation Case Study, Custodian Data Centre, 18-06-30
  14. ^ Mojeek is a privacy-focused, unbiased Google search alternative, Android Headlines, 18-08-16
  15. ^ Mojeek interviewed on BBC, Mojeek blog, 15-04-20
  16. ^ Psycho-Surfing: Startup Brings Artificial Emotional Intelligence to the Web, Nvidia, 17-07-14
  17. ^ Have it your way with the Mojeek search engine, Pandia Search & Social, 06-02-08
  18. ^ Survey and evaluation of web search engine hit counts as research tools in computational linguistics, Science Direct, 17-12-20
  19. ^ GOOGLE and the ‘adjustment’ of inconvenient viewpoints, especially climate, Watts Up With That? Blog, 18-07-29
  20. ^ Alternative Search Engines, Steve Shank blog, 17-11-01
  21. ^ New Search Engines in 2006, Ariadne web magazine for information professionals
  22. ^ Phil Bradley’s weblog
  23. ^ Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy,, 18-10-03

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