Gigablast is a free and open-source web search engine and directory. Founded in 2000, it is an independent engine and web crawler based in New Mexico,[7] developed and maintained by Matt Wells, a former Infoseek employee and New Mexico Tech graduate.[8]

The search engine source code is written in the programming languages C and C++. It was released as open-source software under the Apache License version 2, in July 2013.[9] In 2015, Gigablast claimed to have indexed over 12 billion web pages, and received billions of queries per month.[10]

Gigablast has provided, and provides, search results to other companies, such as Ixquick,[11] Clusty,[12] Zuula, Snap,[13] Blingo, and Internet Archive.[14]

Gigablast logo
Gigablast screenshot
Home page as of January 2019
Type of site
Web search engine
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States[1]
OwnerGigablast, Inc.
Created byMatt Wells
Alexa rankIncrease132,129 (May 2019)[2]
Current statusOnline
Written inC/C++
Developer(s)Matt Wells
Stable release
1.20-1 (x64,[5] i386[6])
Written inC/C++
Operating systemLinux
TypeWeb search engine
LicenseApache License 2.0


Matt Wells worked for the Infoseek search engine until he left in 1999, to start working on what would become Gigablast, coding everything from scratch in C++. It was originally designed to index up to 200 billion web pages.[15] Gigablast went into beta form on July 21, 2002.[16]


Gigablast supports various specialized searches and Boolean algebra operators.[17] It also supports a related-concepts feature called Giga Bits[18] and a blog-search feature.[19]

A feature called Gigabits provides relevant information in addition to what the user is searching for.[20]

Gigablast also claims to be, as of 2010, the "leading" clean energy search engine with 90 percent of its power coming from wind energy.[21]


In 2013, it was reported that Yippy had agreed to acquire Gigablast Inc.[22] However later on, Gigablast author Matt Wells said that no acquisition took place and that Gigablast remains independent.[23]

Critical reception

In 2003, The New York Times columnist Lee Dembart stated that "Gigablast has its adherents", but opined that Google is "head and shoulders" above it, and adds that Google's search results are more complete.[24] In 2016, a Lifewire reviewer felt that Gigablast is easy to use and liked the Gigabits feature.[25]

See also


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  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
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  7. ^ Burge, Randy (11 June 2007). "New Mexico's soil fertile for brainchilds". Albuquerque Tribune. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
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  9. ^ "Gigablast Now an Open Source Search Engine". PR Newswire. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
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  11. ^ "Ixquick Q&A" (PDF). Ixquick. January 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Do Alternative Search Engines Measure Up?". PC World. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  13. ^ Delaney, Kevin J. (6 October 2004). "Snap Enters Field Of Search Engines With Some Twists". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2013.closed access
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  17. ^ Rubenking, Janet (1 February 2003). "Search Smarter". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  18. ^ Shaw, Maura D. (2007). "Conducting Advanced Searches". Mastering Online Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective and Efficient Search Strategies. Writer's Digest. p. 81. ISBN 1582974586.
  19. ^ Arrington, Michael (9 July 2005). "Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
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  24. ^ Dembart, Lee (March 24, 2003). "Being Googled". The New York Times. Google is indispensable to anyone who uses the Internet. It isn't the only search engine — Teoma has its adherents, as does Gigablast — but Google is head and shoulders above the others.
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