Surfraw - a fast unix command line interface to WWW services

Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power.It reclaims google, altavista, dejanews,freshmeat, research index, slashdot and many others from the false‐prophet, pox‐infested heathen lands of html‐forms, placing these wonders where they belong, deep in unix heartland, as god loving extensions to the shell.

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         Surfraw - Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web

Getting the code

1. sudo apt-get install surfraw surfraw-extra [or]
2. git clone git://

Standard examples form the man
For example:

$ surfraw google -results=100 RMS, GNU, which is sinner, which is sin?
$ sr wikipedia surfraw
$ sr austlii -method=phrase dog like
$ /usr/lib/surfraw/rhyme -method=perfect Julian

Don't forget to try sr -elvi

List of Elvi

Surfraw contains the following web site search scripts (elvi)

W Activate Surfraw defined web-browser
acronym Look for acronyms definitions (
alioth Search Alioth (
altavista Search the web using Altavista (
amazon Search the bookstore
archpkg Search Arch Linux packages (
arxiv Search arXiv E-Print Archive for articles
ask Question the web using Ask Jeeves (
aur Search for PKGBUILDs
austlii Search Australian Law docs (
bbcnews Search BBC News (
bing Search the web using Microsoft's Bing (
bookfinder Search for books using
bugmenot Bypass compulsory web registration with
cddb Search for cd track listings in CDDB (
cia Search CIA documents at
cite Search computer science papers (
cliki Search the common lisp wiki
cnn Search on CNN (
codesearch Search source code using Google Code Search (
comlaw Search Australian Law using Comlaw (
ctan Search the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (
currency Convert currencies with the Universal Currency Converter (
cve Search for CAN assignments in CVE
debbugs Search the debian BTS (
debcontents Search contents of debian/ubuntu packages (
deblists Search debian mailing lists (
deblogs Show changelogs for a package in Debian main (
debpackages Search debian/ubuntu packages (
debpkghome Visit the home page for a Debian package
debpts Search the Debian Package Tracking System (
debsec Search the Debian Security Tracker for CVE ids or package names
debvcsbrowse Browse the VCS repository for a Debian package
debwiki Search the Debian Wikis ( &
deja Search usenet using Google Groups (
discogs Search the Discogs database of music information (
dmoz Search the Open Directory Project web directory (
duckduckgo Search the web using Duckduckgo (
ebay Search the Ebay auction site
etym Look up word origins at
excite Search on Excite (
fast Search the web using FAST Search (
filesearching Search files on filesearching (
finkpkg Search Fink packages (
foldoc The Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing (
freebsd Search FreeBSD related information (
freedb Search for cd track listings in FreeDB (
freshmeat Search Freshmeat (
fsfdir Search the FSF/UNESCO Free Software Directory (
gcache Search the web using Google cache (
genbugs Search the Gentoo bug tracker (
genportage Search for packages
google Search the web using Google (
gutenberg Search for books on Project Gutenberg (
happypenguin Search the Linux Game Tome (
imdb Search the Internet Movie Database (
ixquick Search the web using ixquick [HTTPS] (
jamendo Search Jamendo: free music with Creative Commons licenses (
javasun Search Java API docs (
l1sp Search lisp documentation
lastfm Search
leodict Search Leo's German <-> English dictionary (
lsm Search the Linux Software Map
macports Search macports packages (
mathworld Search Wolfram MathWorld
mininova Search the mininova bittorent source.
musicbrainz Search MusicBrainz (
netbsd Search NetBSD related information (
ntrs Search the NASA Technical Report Server
openbsd Search OpenBSD related information (
opensearch Search an OpenSearch-enabled website
pgpkeys Search the PGP key database
piratebay Search for torrents
port Look up a TCP/UDP port number on
pubmed Search medical/molbio databases (
rae Busca en el diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española (Spanish Dictionary)
rfc Search RFCs (internet standards documents)
rhyme Search for rhymes et al using Lycos Rhyme (
rpmsearch Search for RPMs in various distros
scholar Search Google Scholar (
scicom Search Scientific Commons
scpan Search the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (
scroogle Search Google anonymously via Scroogle (
slashdot Search stories on Slashdot (
slinuxdoc Search entries in LDP (
sourceforge Search SourceForge (
springer Search Springer for Books and Articles
stockquote Get a single stock quote (multiple providers)
sunonesearch Search Sun One Search (
thesaurus Look up word in Merriam-Webster's Thesaurus (
translate Translate human languages (various providers)
urban Search for a definition
w3css Validate a CSS URL with the w3c CSS validator (
w3html Validate a web page URL with the w3c validator (
w3link Check web page links with the w3c linkchecker (
w3rdf Validate a RDF URL with the w3c RDF validator (
wayback Search The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine for a URL (
webster Look up word in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary (
wetandwild Real time weather information (many sources)
wikipedia Search the free encyclopedia wikipedia
woffle Search the web using Woffle (localhost:8080)
yahoo Search Yahoo categories (
youtube Search YouTube (
yubnub Use the social command-line for the web (

Surfraw Originally written by Julian Assange,now maintained by the surfraw-devel team <‐[email protected]>

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