Brave Search beta

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Private search that puts you first, not big tech

Brave Search doesn’t track you or your queries. Ever. Private, independent, and transparent, Brave Search is the real alternative to Google. On mobile, desktop, and anywhere the web takes you. Search private. Search with confidence.

Search without a trace

Brave Search doesn’t track you, your searches, or your clicks. It’s impossible for us to share, sell, or lose your data, because we don’t collect it in the first place.

Private search that’s user-first

Google tracks everything you do, sells your data to advertisers, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers. Brave serves the user first. Not big tech.

It’s your data, your choice.

Real transparency

Brave Search doesn’t use secret methods or algorithms to bias or censor results. We rely on anonymous community contributions to refine results, and community-created alternative ranking models to ensure diversity.

Comprehensive privacy

Brave offers best-in-class integration between private search and a privacy browser. This means all-in-one protection online—both during and after your search.

How does Brave Search stack up?

Built-in features

Brave logo Brave
Google logo Google
DuckDuckGo logo DDG

Fully private, anonymous search

Integrated with a private browser on desktop and mobile

Transparent in how search results are ranked

Uses independent search index

Note: DuckDuckGo is dependent on the Bing search index for its search results.


  • What is Brave Search?

    Brave Search is the world’s most complete, independent, private search engine. By integrating Brave Search beta into its browser, Brave offers the first all-in-one browser / search alternative to the big tech platforms. Brave Search beta is also available in other browsers, at
  • Is Brave Search beta available now?

    Yes, it’s available to everyone at It can also be set as the default search engine in the Brave browser, if you choose to do so.

    Note that Brave Search beta is a work in progress, so results for some queries, regions, or languages may not yet be as refined as you’d like. Please be patient, and please do tell us how we can improve (use the feedback icon on any results page). Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day—a perfect alternative to Google won’t be either. But, with your help, it will happen.

  • Do I have to use Brave Search beta if I use the Brave browser?

    No. You can still use other search engines in the Brave browser.
  • Can I use Brave Search beta in browsers other than Brave?

    Yes, you can use Brave Search beta in other browsers. Simply visit

    We do not believe in walled gardens, so you can also set Brave Search as the default search engine in most browsers. And, in the future, we plan to offer API access to Brave Search so it can power other search engines.

  • Will I see Brave ads in Brave Search beta? What about Brave Rewards?

    We’re currently thinking through different search experiences to offer our users. Some want a premium, ad-free search experience. Others want a free, ad-supported model. We think choice is best. Brave Ads with rewards is definitely possible, once we’re ready to take on the challenge of privacy-protected search ads.
  • How is Brave Search different? What does “independent” mean?

    Most search engines—even supposedly “neutral” or “private” ones—don’t have their own index. They’re just façades that rely exclusively on third-parties. At Brave, we want to build our own search index, because this means independence. And independence means choice. Choice for the user to have alternatives, and choice that allows Brave to not be beholden to the policies of third parties (e.g. censorship, biases, economic interests, etc).

    Brave Search beta is based on an independent index, the first of its kind. However, for some queries, Brave can anonymously check our search results against third-party results, and mix them on the results page. This mixing is a means-to-an-end toward 100% independence. For full transparency and to measure Brave’s progress toward that goal, Brave provides a “Results independence” metric. This anonymous calculation shows the % of search results that come from Brave versus these third parties. Note that no matter the independence metric, your privacy will always be 100%.