About Us

What We Stand For

Guaranteed Privacy

Data protection and privacy are important to us. That's why we don't track or store personal data and offer several services to protect your privacy, for example our anonymizing proxy ("Open Anonymously" feature).

Non-Profit Association

MetaGer is a project of the non-profit association SUMA-EV, Association for Free Access to Knowledge. SUMA-EV is primarily committed to promoting media literacy.

Diverse and Free

MetaGer produces diverse results because it is a metasearch engine. We have explained exactly what this means in our transparency statement. By publishing our source code, we show that free access to knowledge is important to us. Our source code is free and open source.

100% Renewable Energy

Sustainability and resource consumption is also a big issue for us. Therefore we pay attention to the energy consumption of our services and only use electricity from renewable energy sources.

Timeline

March 1996: Cebit Hanover

The idea of MetaGer arises during the CeBIT computer fair over lunch on a paper napkin. Work on the first prototype begins that same evening.

End of 1996: Launch of MetaGer

MetaGer is developed as a research project by the University of Hanover and the regional data center in Lower Saxony.

1997-2006: MetaGer Startpage

This is what MetaGer looks like as it first goes online. MetaGer provides an innovative new service at that time.

MetaGer 1997

01.10.2012: Change of Sponsorship to SUMA-EV

MetaGer is transferred to the non-profit association SUMA-EV - Association for Free Access to Knowledge. The cooperation with the University of Hannover is continued.

2006-2015: Introduction of New Designs

The original MetaGer home page goes through many small changes in the following years.

MetaGer 2006

29.08.2013 English Version Launched

For the first time, the interface of MetaGer is also offered in English.

December 2013: Tor-Service

MetaGer offers access within the Tor anonymization network as a security feature.

March 2014: Implementation of the "Open Anonymously" Function

The new "Open anonymously" function provides a proxy service. Through this MetaGer users remain protected even after the search.

2015-2016: MetaGer Startpage

As part of more extensive modernizations, a new simplified home page is introduced.

MetaGer 2015

March 2016: Search Results under 1.3 Seconds

Optimizations at MetaGer's core reduce the average response time of the search engine to less than 1.3 seconds. Over the next few years, this drops further to almost half.

2016-2019: MetaGer Startpage

Other small adjustments gradually solidify orange as the MetaGer color.

MetaGer 2016

16.08.2016: Publication of the Source Code

MetaGer is released as Open Source under the free GNU AGPL license.

December 2016: Launch of MetaGer Maps

Maps.MetaGer.de is launched as a privacy-friendly map service. The maps are based on data from the OpenStreetMap project, but have their own display and route planner.

2017: Relaunch of English MetaGer Version

The english MetaGer version is greatly improved by extensive fine-tuning and own result sources.

September 2017: Revision of the Quicktips

The Quicktips, which offer hints beyond normal search results, are expanded in functionality and spun off into a separate project. Instead of being located above the results, they are now in a sidebar.

2019-2020: MetaGer Startpage

On the new home page, four characteristic features of MetaGer are highlighted and promoted for the first time.

MetaGer 2019

26.10.2020: Current Startpage and Dark Mode

As part of an extensive redesign of the start page, MetaGer's four unique selling points have been revisited and presented in an expanded form. In order to avoid overloading the central function of the web search, the descriptions can be reached by scrolling.
Another feature of the new revision is the page-wide dark mode. This allows MetaGer to be in a dark design on all pages.

MetaGer 2020

Today

Even today, MetaGer is constantly evolving.