SearXNG is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. This guide sets up a working instance that can be accessed using a domain over HTTPS. Features include:


“For the installation procedure, use a sudoer login to run the scripts. If you install from root, take into account that the scripts are creating a searx, a filtron and a morty user. In the installation procedure these new created users do need read access to the clone of searx, which is not the case if you clone into a folder below /root.” - SearXNG Docs

Install the required packages.

apt install git nginx -y

Open http and https ports.

iptables -I INPUT -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I INPUT -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT
netfilter-persistent save
ufw allow 80
ufw allow 443

Clone the SearXNG Repository.

git clone searxng
cd searxng

Installing SearXNG.

sudo -H ./utils/ install all

Configure Nginx

Create a new file /etc/nginx/sites-available/searxng.conf and add the following:

server {

    # Listens on http
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;

    # Your server name

    # If you want to log user activity, comment these
    access_log /dev/null;
    error_log  /dev/null;

    location / {
        uwsgi_pass unix:///usr/local/searxng/run/socket;

        include uwsgi_params;

        uwsgi_param    HTTP_HOST             $host;
        uwsgi_param    HTTP_CONNECTION       $http_connection;

        # see
        uwsgi_param    HTTP_X_SCHEME         $scheme;
        uwsgi_param    HTTP_X_SCRIPT_NAME    /searxng;

        # see
        uwsgi_param    HTTP_X_REAL_IP        $remote_addr;
        uwsgi_param    HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR  $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;


Now create a symbolic link to enable this site.

ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/searxng.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/searxng.conf

Restart Nginx and SearXNG.

systemctl restart nginx
service uwsgi restart searxng

Configure HTTPS with Certbot

Install certbot.

apt install python3-certbot-nginx

Install a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate to Nginx and optionally let it configure HTTPS for you. Detailed instructions and additional information.

certbot --nginx

SearXNG should now be available from your domain.


You can change settings by editing /etc/searxng/settings.yml.


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