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alternative search engine sitesGoogle has become the standard search engine of virtually every web-goer on the internet today. In fact “to Google” is pretty much synonymous with “to search”.

But that certainly doesn’t mean that other search engines can’t do a decent, if not better, job and this list has been compiled for just this reason.

So check out this catalog of awesome alternative search engines that are certain to help you search faster and more efficiently on that World Wide Web.

Music & Video


If you’re one of the countless people today who gets their music digitally, then MP3Realm is for you. The site features a basic search for MP3’s as well as song lyrics.

MP3s can be streamed, added to playlists and of course downloaded. The advanced search option also lets users browse MP3’s by genre (a ton to choose from) or by artist.

mp3 realm


I’m sure that some part of all of our lives has been spent in front of the television and I always manage to find a song that catches my fancy no matter what I’m watching. That’s where TuneFind comes in; the site is dedicated to providing users with the names of artists/song titles that have appeared on their favorite television shows, and even movies.

You can even reverse look up artists, to see which films and shows their music has been featured on.



A site dedicated to the best of both worlds, MuviBee lets users search for music and music videos (via YouTube) that might be associated with the song. The site proves to be versatile and certainly unique, providing users with Top 10 Charts from iTunes, the US, UK and Germany as well as direct links to Amazon and iTunes if you should decide to purchase music you like.



ClipBlast features short videos from a variety of mainstream sources, including Hulu, TBS, BBC etc. The site is easy to use and loaded with enough content to keep you busy for hours.


Blinkx is another quality video search engine that collects results from hundreds of video/television providers and incorporates them into your search. The site also lets you browse videos from a myriad of topics.

If, by the way, you’re having trouble with videos that are limited to region, like Hulu, then try out some of the neat solutions How To Watch Movies and Shows on Hulu & Sling from Abroad How To Watch Movies and Shows on Hulu & Sling from Abroad Read More we’ve covered here at MUO.

Files & Others


Rapidshare has become a premium site for uploading and serving content for hungry web users. It’s natural then to expect a site devoted to searching for files on Rapidshare, and Rapidshare1 is it. The site is dead simple and all you need to get going is something to look for.


Filestube takes Rapidshare1 to another level by aggregating its searches to include several other networks including MegaUpload, YouSendIt, Filefront etc. Searches can also be filtered by file type which adds more convenience to the engine.

[NO LONGER WORKS] FileSnatcher

Another good site, FileSnatcher lets you look for files on a few different file sharing networks, including Badongo, Mediafire and 4shared.

Recipes & Cooking


As the name implies, Cookstr is for the wannabe-chef in all of us. The site is clean and intuitive and searching is simple. What I like best about Cookstr is the wide range of search filters that they offer, some of which include searching for recipes based on chef, author, skill level, holiday, course, cost and much more.

Keep in mind that the site is still in beta and Cookstr will be adding a “menu-search” feature as well as helpful tips/techniques as the site develops.


RecipeZaar is another excellent website for searching up quality recipes for your next meal. Users can also search for ‘cookbooks’ which are a collection of another user’s recipes. Also, recipe results feature ratings and nutritional information.



Trying to buy tickets online? Well then check out Tickex, the site that collects search results from multiple ticket providers for concerts, sporting events and theatre. Searches can be made by venue, country, event, city etc. The site also provides direct links to retailers to simplify your experience even further.


Looking for something clever to say in your next argument? Try out Quotiki, a quotation search engine that has collected some of the wisest and shrewd idioms the world over.


WhatsOpen is a young site, but its concept is awesome. They let users see what stores, malls and shops are currently open in their neighborhood and how long they’ll be open. As I’ve mentioned, the site is rather new and the working locations are still limited to a few key cities in the US of A, but rest assured new locations are being added as the site grows.

So there you have it readers, 13 awesome search engines for you to play with. Questions, comments, suggestions? Then drop us a line in the comments and share your thoughts with fellow MUO followers.

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  1. Mike
    September 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    How VERY depressing that nobody who offers search engines, or Kabir, is able to grasp the importance of at least providing an option of searching for EXACTLY what is asked for, not mediated by trying to decide what the user really wants, and not by ignoring "punctuation".

    The phrase "in-law" (as in father-in-law, sister-in-law etc) is NOT the same as the phrase "in law" (as in "in law you may not...", for example).

    Try and find a way to search for it.

    • Kenneth
      December 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Google pretty much figures that out automatically. So does duckduckgo. There are a few other hits in between, but it's 1 in 10 or less.
      If you want a search that hardcore searches for nothing, but hits for "in-law" you do the following search:
      +"in-law" -"in law"

    April 27, 2015 at 4:38 am


  3. Pissed Off
    December 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    As the world continues to spiral downwards further into hell, i am forced myself to make all aware who see this page in the future of the atrocity that has occurred. Sigh..., *wipes away tear* no longer works.....
    They changed there site into a (omg it's disgusting to even say) a LICENCED MOVIE SEARCH. Yes, you read that right, feel free to vomit, i did. The largest and most popular search engine for, well... anything really, is now a legit website... Pfft... fuckin spineless cowards, fly your pirate colors high.

    • Kenneth
      December 10, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Start your own engine if it's a problem for you. Then you're the one who has to weigh the risks and rewards of being legit or pirate.

  4. Dave
    February 12, 2010 at 8:21 am

    one of the best File Search engines is's no adverts and last I heard they have of 10 million links indexed

  5. Strony Internetowe
    February 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    good article!

  6. ldii
    January 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Interesting, however Google is still the most leading provider.

  7. Lanny B
    January 21, 2010 at 3:51 am - brand new search engine of free ebooks!

  8. filesdownloader
    January 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    you can try This site combines power of filestube and filespump. great

  9. nana
    January 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Try this:, search files from,,,, in multiple languages. Thanks

  10. files bay
    January 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Why is not reviewed? I think it's best of rapidshare search engines. Also Files Bay have torrent search -

  11. Marco
    December 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I didn´t know that Twitter has a search engine. (???)

  12. Natovr
    December 13, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Twitter has a search engine. It's like a thought search engine :)

  13. tim
    December 2, 2009 at 3:58 am

    thanks good article

  14. ldii
    November 29, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Very interesting information. I like it.

  15. jual rumah
    November 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Quite awesome features. Thank you for the useful share.

  16. Nic
    November 25, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    well most people using google rite now,but for some reason i prefer using yahoo

  17. suckit
    November 5, 2009 at 11:39 am <<= documents & books

  18. haylet
    October 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Maybe engines need to search only trusted sites. I think is pretty good. I found everything like movies, music, programs, e-books even subtitles. They are not just giving the links and the content too. You can give it a try.

  19. Jason
    September 26, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I personally prefer It isn't a search engine, but it works great as your can choose any search engine you want.

  20. müzik dinle
    September 23, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for such a nice info.

  21. Mike
    September 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Try rapidshare search engine. Big and up to date database,

  22. almond
    August 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    how about videos search engines wrap into one

  23. OnlineShopper
    August 17, 2009 at 6:18 am

    For those who are looking for shopping comparison then the best ( UK online shopping site is XYShop.

  24. akram
    August 8, 2009 at 6:19 am

    please take a look on the best way to search rapidshare

    just go to rapidshare and type the thing you like to find and in miliseconds you have it :) have fun

  25. arama motoru optimizasyonu
    July 27, 2009 at 6:02 am

    thanks for these great resources. I am really glad to find them

  26. dnif lima
    July 25, 2009 at 11:38 am is very good at files.

  27. Tania
    July 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I think there is no one who can compete google.

  28. Super Mobile Game
    June 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    thanks nashya for avun search engine

  29. hilary
    June 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    this was an amazing list - never heard of any of them!

  30. Max Sterbation
    June 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm


  31. BobCruncher
    June 5, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I always use It uses many of the other search engines including Google and Yahoo!, combines the results, rates them, and orders them.

  32. FiFtHeLeMeNt
    June 1, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Nice List , Thank you.
    But The Best I found is
    it searches the net in real time.
    I suggest you to add this to your list ;)

  33. Nashya
    May 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Where's did u get all this info? Its very usefull, thanks!

  34. Nashya
    May 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Dirav, avun is a complete search engine, thanks.

  35. Dhirav
    May 20, 2009 at 1:36 am
  36. Mitch
    May 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Here's the only problem with this list - Google finds just about anything. However most, if not all, of these sites are specialized whether it be for music, video, or what have you.

    Just puttin' it out there.

  37. Rapid4files lover
    April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Very very nice list! Thank you very much

  38. david
    April 18, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Nice article. Appreciate Coostr.

    Would like suggest my favorite.

  39. Greg
    April 15, 2009 at 10:00 am

    For file hosting search engine, i prefer
    Clean design, fast and much search result, no ads annoying.

  40. kiura
    March 26, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    didn't like. thought rapidshare would be a great idea. yet every time I went to the site, advertisements jumped in my face....without any click on, or near or even appearance of said advertisement.

    not cool.

  41. sam
    March 10, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I think alot of the ability of a site to be found has to do with how well a site is built and optimized

  42. UTogger
    February 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Great post. I'm going to try some of these right now!

  43. Chuck
    February 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I think alot of the ability of a site to be found has to do with how well a site is built and optimized. Most are not optimized correctly and therefore the necessity for different search engines to try to figure out what a page or site is about.

  44. Aaqib
    February 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Gud,, thanks alot

  45. High Voltage SEO
    January 31, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Excellent article!

    RE: Jason. Google is by far the search engine of choice, there isn't even a close second. Women prefer Yahoo! above other search engines, but Google is still king. :)

  46. Raj
    January 31, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Good one Kabir.

    First comes first is the Logic.

  47. fkhan
    January 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

    yea nice article and nice comments :). informative

  48. Jason
    January 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Your statement about "virtually everybody" using Google now is not true. In fact, there are more people than you think that use Yahoo. Yahoo has been around longer than Google. For those of us that have been using the internet since the '90s Yahoo is usually the search engine of choice. For the younger crowd, I would agree that they use mostly Google.

    • Tori
      January 30, 2009 at 1:29 am

      I've been using the internet since the 90s and while, yes there was a time when yahoo was the end all be all, I switched to Google as soon as I knew about it.

  49. ATOzTOA
    January 29, 2009 at 8:29 am

    For Rapidshare, you can take Advanced Search in Google and give domain as

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm

      Another excellent suggestion.

  50. Asweri
    January 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Awesome list, great

  51. Subhankar Ray
    January 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Please, check out our search engine with simple features that no one has. Let me know what you think.
    1. URL => multiple tinyurls
    2. IP or domain => all about IP/ domain
    and so on..
    Subhankar Ray
    Please, remove any duplicate comment. I had problem in commenting here.

  52. Subhankar Ray
    January 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Well, our search engine does some cool useful stuff that others do not do. We also do lot less tracking or monitoring.
    Subhankar Ray

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm

      Subhankar, I've checked your engine out. It's definitely something to be proud of, congrats and what you've accomplished!

  53. Matt
    January 28, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Midomi is another awesome search engine. You can hum/sing/whatever the tune and it will match up songs that sound like what you searched for.

  54. naam mein kya rakha hai bhai?
    January 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    This is a rili nice post.

  55. Dorela
    January 26, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Don't forget

  56. Christopher
    January 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

    If the results of the above engines are not from google, they are likely to have come from a site using the same technology... I simply think there is only so far you can go without relying on some sort of expert or human-based filter to clear away the weeds and find what works. Mahalo is fine but seems increasingly weak. is one just launched that appears to have some staying power.

  57. saurabh
    January 26, 2009 at 3:15 am

    wow, thanks kabir. till now i thought search started and ended with google. cuil and zuula are ok as well.

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

      Thanks for the suggestions Saurabh!

  58. Jon
    January 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    To second Timothy's comment above, I will say if you can't find any of these things with Google, you are using it wrong. See here if you really want a powerful search that will find exactly what you're looking for:

    • kris
      April 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm

      hey jon... the postings on that link r old.... very old.

  59. Rob
    January 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I bet you most of those are google backed queries for theirs sites....

  60. Chris
    January 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

    These are good but what about the growth in human-powered search and research services? I still have trouble filtering through the ads and jazz when I am doing research online. I may not be 100 percent on the human-driven services but sites like are certainly growing on me.

  61. Borellus
    January 21, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Snazzy, I might use a few of them.

  62. lazyking
    January 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Nice post! maybe I'll put a link on my blog unboredme.blogspot,com

  63. Regine
    January 20, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Thank you for sharing this.

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 20, 2009 at 10:11 am

      Thanks for the comment!

  64. Seo
    January 20, 2009 at 12:45 am

    A good new search engines list except Google.

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 20, 2009 at 10:10 am

      Glad you like it Seo!

  65. bebo
    January 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    What a great list, have only seen 3 of them previously, big stumble bud :)

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 20, 2009 at 10:10 am

      Thanks a bunch bebo

  66. tacky residue
    January 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Try for hard-to-find electronic bits; it'll search all sorts of datbases and vendor parts lists.

  67. Srinivas
    January 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks Kabir...


  68. Srinivas
    January 19, 2009 at 12:12 pm


    Any good search engine for e books? particularly IT stream.I know few URL's but they are not complete.


    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

      I've been trying to find a few but I've only come across some mediocre , you could try, but again, its not my favorite site for ebooks.

      Good Luck!

  69. Ross
    January 19, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Great info. I will be trying some of the music ones out with some of the many obscure tracks I am after.

  70. Eliot Sykes
    January 19, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Twitter's search of all tweets is becoming my first choice search engine for some queries

    This could be the best human powered search engine out there.

    • What?
      January 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

      What the hell Eliot, are you retarded? Yes that's very useful, if you want to search twitter. That's hardly a search engine.

      Anyway, great list. Thanks!

  71. Timothy
    January 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Good for people who don't know how to harness the power of google.

    For others, who are capable of understanding complex Google queries, you should try that. If you know what you are doing you can use Google to find just about anything.

    The only other search engines I use are those integrated with Flickr or DeviantART (to find Creative Commons images).

    • Asheer
      March 9, 2009 at 11:21 am

      hey nice say man i completely agree with u with correct keywords u can surely reveal the awesome power of google

  72. Crysiss
    January 19, 2009 at 8:55 am

    No, not mininova - is better because it is indexing mininova and over 500 other torrent sites.

  73. torrent
    January 19, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Ok, but you missed

  74. Mason
    January 19, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Good list. & do the same thing as tickex - check them out!

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

      Mason, I have to say these are not too shabby.

  75. falaque
    January 19, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Google is no more god...:)
    Thanks for such a nice info.

  76. unknown
    January 19, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Any good site that has quality FREE xxx stuff

    • Audrey
      January 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

      • honkerparade
        March 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm


  77. Chris
    January 19, 2009 at 2:54 am

    It is time people wake up to the grave dangers in putting everything into the corporate hands of just one or two companies (online or off). Therefore, I thank you for showing that it is not just possible, but doable.

  78. Ammar
    January 19, 2009 at 2:36 am

    All are the same.

    All are full of Ads :-D

    • Medisoft
      January 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

      I use to find little audio clips like a door closing, baby crying, car starting, etc. No ads either.

  79. guille
    January 19, 2009 at 5:57 am


  80. James
    January 19, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Don't forget the Science search engines and for papers is invaluable. Arxiv is referenced regularaly as a source of information for the widely regarded NewScientist Magazine.

    • ADwyer
      January 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

      Thanks for sharing this James, really good resource for my business. Great that this post has been so productive in uncovering great info. Thanks everyone!

    • FredThompson
      January 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

      New Scientist is part of the AGW fraud. "Highly regarded" as "scientific" propaganda, perhaps...

  81. Viral
    January 19, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Have a look at MagicLamp (

    A highly customized search to help find the following:
    - Movies
    - Songs
    - Code

    Makes use of google custom search but has a highly powerful customization. Additionally there are lists of ~1000 sites in each category to stress upon when searching. The results are just awesome.

  82. Jim
    January 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm is better than Rapidshare1 no annoying pop ups

    • CA
      February 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

      Yes there are pop ups on this site and my virus checker picked up a Trojan...thank goodness Ihave that!

  83. tansui
    January 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    You missed out two good search engines : for downloading free stuff
    and for finding things on ebay

    • Kabir Chauhan
      January 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

      These are some excellent picks!