Googler: A Command Line Tool to Do ‘Google Search’ from Linux Terminal

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21 Responses

  1. Namit says:

    I am using googler on Ubuntu 18 and am unable to open any search results in a browser even after setting the BROWSER=w3m. I have also installed w3m and it works fine. I must say that the utility is awesome and I would like to use it further. Thanks

    • Aaron Kili says:


      You can raise the issue to the developer:

    • rilian4 says:

      Update via source code from the git site using the master branch. It fixed some bugs for me.

      • Tito says:

        Does this “fixed some bugs for me” include opening up results in browsers like elinks or w3m? I still cannot open any results. Dev suggest we grab the latest development branch and try but that didn’t help me. To file a bug, we have to add some logs in gist and a few other items/results from “googler -d” but I haven’t had a chance yet.

        Just checking if anyone else is having the same issue other than the two of us

  2. mohamed says:

    [ERROR] Got HTTP 503: Service Unavailable

  3. sadan khan says:

    Woww great!!!!

  4. lagagnon says:

    Those interested in this command line utility might also enjoy “surfraw” – a much more comprehensive command line search facility for many different types of each facilities other than Google. And partly written by none other than Julian Assange.

  5. Rajasekar says:

    i installedin redhat linux, giving the below error, is python3 module required here, please confirm.

    # googler
    /usr/bin/env: python3: No such file or directory

    # ls -l /usr/bin/python3
    ls: cannot access /usr/bin/python3: No such file or directory

  6. Amrendra says:

    After installing googler to my Ubuntu 16.04, now Ubuntu login stuck in loop.

    Please help me out with this

    • Richard Smith says:

      `googler` has nothing to do with Ubuntu login. You can, however, remove it using `Ctrl Alt F1` and `sudo apt purge googler`.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Try the following steps:

      1. At login screen, press Ctrl+Alt+F1 get a virtual console.
      2. Login with your username and password
      3. Run the command below to rename the hidden file, .Xauthority in your home directory.
      mv .Xauthority .Xauthority.bak
      4. Then switch back to the login screen using Ctrl+Alt+F7.

      I hope this will help, if it doesn’t try to get back.

  7. s_dahl says:

    I liked Googler but have not used it in a while. The one problem I had was opening search results in either w3m or elinks. This CLI rookie would appreciate any suggestions

    • Richard Smith says:

      The man page has some info on this in the ENVIRONMENT section. The usage is:

      `BROWSER=w3m googler -n 3 -d google`

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Set the BROWSER environment variable as follows:
      export BROWSER=w3m
      export BROWSER=elinks

      Alternatively, you can set it permanently in the .bash_profile(user-specific configuration) or /etc/profile(for system wide configuration) file
      After that run the command below for the changes to take effect:
      source .bash_profile
      source /etc/profile

  8. Jason Tefaora says:

    Awesome utility! Thank you!

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