Do Google search from the shell, opening into Chromium or a new Firefox tab if not installed.

google() { gg="https://www.google.com/search?q=";q="";if [[ $1 ]]; then for arg in "$@" ; do q="$q+$arg"; done ; if [[ -f /usr/bin/chromium ]]; then chromium "$gg"$q; else firefox -new-tab "$gg"$q; fi else echo 'Usage: google "[seach term]"'; fi }
Support several arguments.
Sample Output
$ google 
Usage: google "[seach term]"
$ google test
Created new window in existing browser session.

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  • Usage: google "[search string]" Example: google "something im searching for" This will launch firefox and execute a google search in a new tab with the provided search string. You must provide the path to your Firefox binary if using cygwin to $ff or create an alias like follows: alias firefox='/cygdrive/c/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe' Most Linux flavors with Firefox installed will use just ff="firefox" and even OSX.


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    google() { gg="https://www.google.com/search?q="; ff="firefox"; if [[ $1 ]]; then "$ff" -new-tab "$gg"$(echo ${1//[^a-zA-Z0-9]/+}); else echo 'Usage: google "[seach term]"'; fi }
    lowjax · 2013-08-01 22:21:53 5

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