About Us

Stract is an open source search engine where the user has the ability to see exactly what is going on and customize almost everything about their search results. It's a search engine made for hackers and tinkerers just like ourselves. No more searches where some of the terms in the query arent used, and the engine tries to guess what you really meant. You get what you search for.

Our Values

  • Complete transparency -- You can view our code and follow the development directly on Github
  • Privacy focussed -- We will never track you. Period. And you can always verify this in our source code.
  • Immensely customizable -- We aim to give you the ability to customize everything about the search. You can block sites, boost sites, prioritize links from specific sites and much, much more.

Oh, and if we ever become evil (maybe by changing our motto) please take our code and start a competitor. The fact that you have this ability will make sure that our values will always be aligned with our users.

How do we make money?

We've been very fortunate to receive an incredible grant from NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet program which currently funds our development.

In the future we will have, clearly labelled, contextual ads based on your current search query and a subscription option without ads. Just to re-iterate; we will only use your current search to match ads and will never track you across searches.

We will also have a paid api for developers.