MetaGer Help


Common settings

  • Click this button for search settings:
  • The colour drop on the left side of the search field allows you to apply your favourite colour to MetaGer.
  • Add MetaGer to your browsers search engines by clicking the "Add the MetaGer Plugin" button just below the search field.

Select a search focus / using the "customize" button

There are five predefined search settings (foci) above the search field. These should be enough for the most demands. ( "Web", "Pictures", "News/Politics", "Science", "Shopping").

Click this button to create an own search focus:

At first give a name to your new focus. Then choose your desired engines and click "Save search focus".

You may change / edit your own focus by clicking the pencil: ()

Search field

The following searches and web pages are just examples. Replace them by your own in practice.


If you want to exclude words within the search result, you have to put a "-" in front of that word

  • Example: You are looking for a new car, but no BMW. Then your search should be
    new car -bmw

Searching for more than one word

Without quotation you will get results containing one or some of the words of your search entry. Use quotes for the search for exact phrases, citations....

der runde tisch

Example: search for Shakespears

to be or not to be
will deliver many results, but the exact phrase will only be found using
"to be or nor to be"

  • Please use quotes to make sure to get your search words in the results list.
  • "der" "runde" "tisch"
  • Put words or phrases in quotation marks to search for exact combinations.
  • "der runde tisch"

Upper case vs. lower case

Upper case will not be distinguished from lower case

  • Searching for
    will deliver the same results as

Restrict to specific domain(s) / exclude domain(s)

Type to restrict the search to that domain.

  • Example: I want to restrict my search to Type:
    my search words
  • Example: Restriction to wikipedia but all languages:
    Type: my search words

Exclude a specific domain: Either the exclusion of a subdomain or of a top level domain. Type my search words or my search words -site:*

  • Example: You do not want to get results from Wikipedia. There are two possibilities:
  • Exclude results from the english Wikipedia (domain) so
    my search words
    You get results from e.g. further on.
  • Exclude all results of all wikipedia domains:
    my search words -site:*

Additionally there is the option to exclude hosts or domains on the result page: All of the results have the small triangle sign:

Click on the menu shown below:

Decide here:

  • To cache your search results in a separate tab (see here)
  • To start a new search with just the domain of the result (
  • To start a search without the results of that subdomain (
  • To start a search without results of the top level domain (

Click "Options" to try it now.

meine suche

Exclude URLs

Use "-url:" to exclude search results containing specified words.

  • Example: You don' t want the word "dog" in the results:
  • Type my search words -url:dog


MetaGer uses a little a special spelling called "!bang syntax". A !bang starts with the "!" and doesn' t contain blanks ("!twitter", "!facebook" for example). If you use a !bang supported by MetaGer you will see a new entry in the "Quicktips". We direct then to the specified service (click the button). Read more about our method departing from others: unseren FAQ

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You can use MetaGer within an app, too. To do so just download the MetaGer App on your Android smartphone.


There is a MetaGer Plugin for most of the common web browsers. The plugin provides easy search from the web browsers search field. Find out more: MetaGer Plugin.

Finding connotations to searchwords

Ask the MetaGer-Web-Assoziator (Tools / Associator) to find connotations in a subject area. The service doesn't append upon any language because it uses webdocuments as a source. Therefore, you find any connotations to your used language and vice-versa.

Example: you want to know more about "tick bites" and its dangers but you forgot the technical terms around this issue. The "Assoziator" presents "Borreliose" and "fsme" among others.

Please let us know if something unsuitable appears. Please use our contact form.

MetaGer widget

Provide full MetaGer functionality to your own website! Just select Tools / widget on our startpage, decide whether you want a powerful websearch or a sitesearch -which may be useful on your own pages. Enter the domainname and let the script do the rest. Questions to: contact form


Click: "Tools / URL-shortener": Imagine your nice website "". Just shorten it to "" or anything you like. MetaGer and Yourls then provide the redirection.

=> All our services are cost free. You do not pay with your data.


Cookies, Session-IDs, IP addresses

We don't store or work with any personal information (For the purpose of securing our servers against Hacking- and Bot-Attacks, we need to store these information for a short period of time. It will be then automatically deleted afterwards). We provide further privacy security services as follows:

For more details see "Tools" above.

Tor Hidden Service

MetaGer provides the highest reachable security level for your privacy (anonymised IP addresses, servers under german privacy protection law). For further security needs or fear of compromised servers you may use the MetaGer-Tor branch. Please download the specialized webbrowser from You will find help there, too.

MetaGer Tor address: http://b7cxf4dkdsko6ah2.onion/tor/

MetaGer proxy server

Looking at the MetaGer result page, you will find a link "open anonymously" marked by a small lock at the right of every single result. Use this link to hide behind the MetaGer proxy server. The provided protection is limited to the website you reached from our result page. Protection persists while you see your webbrowser‘s address field.

I see a in some spots. What is it?

You gain more information on the specific theme by clicking it (e.g. weather data or something).

MetaGer maps

MetaGer provides a map function: On a result page you see a new focus on the upper right, called "". You receive a map according to your search by click (only Germany for the moment). Use the "customize" page for toggling maps function "show/hide", you will get a durably embedded small map on the result page, then.

After loading the map shows POIs according to the MetaGer results. You see them in the right column too. Mouseover a POI highlights its counterpart. Click "Details" to get further information (Nominatim data base) to this POI.

The maps are rendered before (except for the last three ones) and fast available. Affect the zoom level by mouse-wheel or the "+ / -" buttons in the upper left corner of the map.

All maps are prerendered and quickly useable (but the 3 highest levels). Please regulate the zoom level with the mousewheel or the "+ / -" buttons in the upper left corner of the map.