Surfraw provides a fast UNIX command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines. Surfraw was originally created by Julian Assange.
Surfraw uses the default browser to open the successful query. If none of the standard browsers are installed, Surfraw will call $BROWSER. If that variable is empty, you will get an error message as Surfraw has no way to open the query. You can configure your browser, and any other options, via
SURFRAW_graphical_browser=/usr/bin/chromium #SURFRAW_text_browser=/usr/bin/elinks SURFRAW_graphical=yes
There is a default configuration file installed at
/etc/xdg/surfraw/conf that contains all of the configurable options.
Surfraw consists of a collection of shell scripts, called elvi, each of which searches a specific web site.
To see the list of elvi type:
$ surfraw -elvi
You can call surfraw in full, or the shortened form:
$ sr duckduckgo topic_name
You can also add
/usr/lib/surfraw to your
$PATH to call the elvi directly.
There are over 100 elvi available for searching the web, e.g. from amazon:
$ surfraw amazon -search=books -country=en -q Stanislaw Lem
To search the AUR:
$ sr aur package_name
To search this wiki:
$ sr archwiki article_name
For a full list of web site search scripts see: List of Elvi