Search Google from the command line

curl -A Mozilla http://www.google.com/search?q=test |html2text -width 80
Adjust Google domain and window width

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By: Neo23x0
2009-07-16 22:41:55

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    The command is too big to fit here. :( Look at the description for the command, in readable form! :)
    hunterm · 2011-01-05 02:45:28 1
  • 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 }
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  • google "command line fu"


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    function google() { xdg-open "http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&q=$1"; }
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What Others Think

How to get more than 10 results at a shot ?
unixmonkey4697 · 465 weeks and 5 days ago
Using lynx: lynx -dump http://www.google.com/search?q=test
elzapp · 465 weeks and 5 days ago
nice one!!
Giancarlo · 465 weeks and 5 days ago
The same, but auto-adjusts terminal width: curl -A Mozilla http://www.google.com/search?q=test |html2text -width $COLUMNS
flipouk · 465 weeks and 5 days ago
cool, but at that point you can't click on anything :P
linuxrawkstar · 465 weeks and 4 days ago
added to .bashrc or the like for easy access function goog() { curl -A Mozilla http://www.google.com/search?q=$1 |html2text -width $COLUMNS; }
eGGstain · 465 weeks and 1 day ago

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