Google verbatim search on your terminal

function google { Q="$@"; GOOG_URL=''; AGENT="Mozilla/4.0"; stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}${Q//\ /+}" | grep -oP '\/url\?q=.+?&amp' | sed 's|/url?q=||; s|&amp||'); echo -e "${stream//\%/\x}"; }
Put it in your ~/.bashrc usage: google word1 word2 word3... google '"this search gets quoted"'
Sample Output
~$ google google IT Crowd

2013-04-05 08:04:15

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  • I found this command on a different site and thought you guy might enjoy it. Just change "YOURSEARCH" to what ever you want to search. Example, "Linux Commands"

    Q="YOURSEARCH"; GOOG_URL=""; AGENT="Mozilla/4.0"; stream=$(curl -A "$AGENT" -skLm 10 "${GOOG_URL}\"${Q/\ /+}\"" | grep -oP '\/url\?q=.+?&amp' | sed 's/\/url?q=//;s/&amp//'); echo -e "${stream//\%/\x}"
    techie · 2013-04-03 09:56:41 5

What Others Think

@unixmonkey52593 I just descended deeper into RegEx hell than can be healthy, but found no working replacement for grep -P. :-( The problem is as follows. Google returns something like this: /url?q=;anyURLchar.html&bar&foo&baz&amp The grep command with perl-regex outputs this: /url?q=;anyURLchar.html&amp Using grep's extended regex, I am only able to match the entire line again: /url?q=;anyURLchar.html&bar&foo&baz&amp I don't understand why the perl regex magically stops after the first "&" and how to get that working with a more portable tool. Does anybody have an idea for that?
michelsberg · 441 weeks and 5 days ago
Try egrep '/url\?q=[^&]+&amp' or just with sed (grep isn't actually needed here): sed '/.*\/url?q=\([^&]*\)&amp.*/\1/'
unixmonkey52650 · 441 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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