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February 17, 2007

Finding Custom Search Engines

Google doesn't provide a way to find custom search engines built by other users, but you can restrict a normal Google search to the homepages of those search engines. You just have to add [ inurl:coop/cse] to your query. For example, you can use [ inurl:coop/cse css] to find custom search engines for CSS.

This might be useful if you have to do some research on a narrow topic and the regular Google search doesn't return good results. By restricting your search to a list of sites about CSS or web programming, you'll definitely find great results even for ambiguous queries like "position" or "display".

To make things even easier, I created a custom search engine that searches through more than 100,000 custom search engines.


  1. What I find amusing is that when I gave this query (CSS)into Microsoft Live, I got more results :~|

  2. A search engine that searches for search engines?! That is so meta my head exploded. :-P

  3. Google should really add meaningful titles to specific Custom Search Engines. The CSE that is named "State DOT Search Engine," for example, is titled "Google Co-op - Custom Search Engine" like every other CSE.

    Maybe Google needs to hire an HTML standards & accessibility engineer overseeing all kinds of projects.

  4. Hi, This is my contribution!
    Search Free Files, like mp3, avi, torrent, wav, 3gp and many more fileformats

    If you like webcams, you should really visit my other CSE site Where you can search for unprotected Live webcams, for FREE!

    Have fun with it.

  5. Ad your parameters for my Google CSE and see the results in this page: