In Ubuntu Touch's web browser, I'd like to use a search engine that is not listed in the choice in settings section. Is there a way to add it?


You can add custom search engine definitions in the form of OpenSearch XML files. Just drop those custom definitions in ~/.local/share/webbrowser-app/searchengines/, you should then be able to use your favourite search engine from within the browser.

As an example, if your favourite search engine is startpage.com, you can just download this file and save it as ~/.local/share/webbrowser-app/searchengines/startpage.xml.


From looking at the Browser > Settings > Search Engine screen, I too cannot see a way to add one that is not in the list. It looks like you can only select the pre-defined list. I would raise this in Launchpad if I was you, to get it addressed. However, for now you could add the required search engine as a favourite or even as your home screen, until a more viable resolution is provided.

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    From the sounds of it, the best thing to do is raise other in launchpad as a bug and see if there is a resolution. As we should be able to change basic things like this to what we want. – unknown user Jul 4 '16 at 6:51
  • Send a note to “Ubuntu Phone” team – Lore Aug 17 '16 at 12:54
  • Yes and the best way to do that is via a bug repoet or feature request in Launchpad – Phil UK Aug 17 '16 at 22:27

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