5.17. WebSearch Package¶
Available since version 2.0
Launch a search on any configured website using system’s default web browser.
Some search sites are already configured by default. Currently:
RubyGems (this list may vary).
5.17.1. Catalog Items¶
This package populates the Catalog with the following items:
- Items prefixed with
WebSearch(one per configured site)
5.17.2. Configuring Search Sites¶
WebSearch allows flexible and fine-grained configuration. Use the
Configure Package: WebSearch item to edit it (check out the
Configuration chapter for an overview about how to edit Keypirinha’s
For example, if you wish to be able to request the DuckDuckGo search engine from Keypirinha (which is already configured by default), add the following into your configuration file:
[site/DuckDuckGo] url = https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s new_window = yes incognito = no history_keep = all
The first line start a new configuration section, the
site/ prefix is
required so WebSearch knows it is a new search site. The remaining part is the
name that will be used to create a new Catalog Item. The
WebSearch DuckDuckGo item will be created in this example.
url setting (required) can hold one or several URLs (one per
line). The URL must contain the search terms placeholder
%s to indicate
WebSearch where to insert the search terms and how to url-encode them.
new_window setting (optional) accepts a boolean value to indicate if a
search on this website should be launched in a new window.
incognito setting (optional) accepts a boolean value to indicate if a
search on this website should be launched in Private Mode (also called
Incognito on Chrome).
history_keep setting (optional) indicates if and how a search request on
this website should be kept in Keypirinha’s History. It accepts the following
allindicates that the targeted web site as well as the terms entered by the user for this particular search will be kept in history.
siteindicates that only the targeted site will be kept in history, without the actual user’s search terms.
noneindicates that the search must not be kept in history at all.
Note that the
incognito values are only hints. When
you launch a search, Keypirinha tries to detect system’s default browser and
insert the appropriate command line options according to the type of web
browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera are currently
recognized). In the end, it is up to the browser to accepts these options
An extra setting (
args_quoting) is available to force WebSearch to
url-encode the search terms in a specific way before inserting them into the
final URL. By default, WebSearch detects in which part of the URL the
placeholder is located. Then encodes the search terms according to this
location. But some websites do not always follow the standard rules of encoding
and might behave unexpectedly. This setting accepts the following values:
auto(default) Choose the appropriate quoting scheme according to the position of the
%splaceholder in the URL.
quoteReplace special characters using the ‘%xx’ escape. Letters, digits, and the characters
_.-are never quoted.
quote, but also replace spaces by plus signs.
184.108.40.206. Multi-URL Search Site¶
Example of multi-URL search site:
[site/Multi] url = https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=%s
Notice the indentation of the URLs!