What We Stand For
Guaranteed PrivacyData 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 AssociationMetaGer 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 FreeMetaGer 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 EnergySustainability 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.
Was macht MetaGer besonders?
MetaGer is different from other search engines. This is reflected not only in our public benefit orientation and focus on privacy, but also through some unique features:
- Possibility of creating a personal blacklist
- Search in search function
- Ad-free search possible (for members)
- Integration of search engine projects like YaCy
- The only German search engine that combines results from several large web indexes
- And much more…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14.02.2022: Renewal of the Helppage
MetaGer has added a new overview help page. This structures and visualizes the help pages through easy to recognize symbols.
Even today, MetaGer is constantly evolving.