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[Bug/Issue] Unable to Retrieve Results #1586

asddsaz opened this issue May 9, 2019 · 4 comments


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commented May 9, 2019

Issue/Bug: Service is DOWN
Here is me looking up a popular phrase, "is this site down":

It appears to work only on certain instances: have the same problem across other instances:
Like seems to work:

But other instances have the same issue:

It also has varying degrees of problems like if I look up Wikipedia:

Error Message:

Error! Engines cannot retrieve results.
google (unexpected crash: CAPTCHA required)
Please, try again later or find another searx instance.

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commented May 12, 2019

This is not an issue specific to this keyword, but rather to how many searches are being done on public instances. Public instances will inevitably get more traffic and higher chance of getting a captcha as a result.


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commented May 13, 2019

just my two eurocents :) became completely unusable here like a month ago, at the very least. All google results require captcha which is obviously does not work.

As for others linked there like, by default they only use DDG it seems.
And when you manually enable google it gets the same error.

In my opinion using google thru public instances of searx is no longer possible. Pretty much screwed here I guess :)


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commented May 17, 2019

@pwn0r Not if you try very hard to combat against bots.
I had this captcha issue with Google on my instance:
But I found some ways to block most of the bots and now it's working fine by having Google by default, my instance is pretty much never blocked by Google.


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commented May 18, 2019

I'm not able to search ANYTHING with after I selected my preferences. Every search gives me search error. I disabled everything that had showed captcha error and I selected all tabs right from general to videos. I'm glad to provide further details about my preferences if you want
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