goog is a command line tool that lets you perform Google searches from the command line. Along with your query, you can specify the number of pages of results you want and the time range you are interested in.
You can output the result in simple, colored plain text in the shell, or you can browse in interactive mode (with ways to pipe webpage text to other Unix programs) or in Vim mode (where you are supplied with Vim key bindings to quickly open any URL in the results in a web browser).
goog can also install itself as a Vim plugin, giving you the power to run and
browse Google searches inside Vim. If you have
elinks installed, you can even
read the webpages returned by the Google search inside your Vim session.
Personally my favorite way to use goog is the interactive mode (use the -i or --interactive flag).
Pure command line mode:
goog as a Vim plugin, showing search results at the bottom, and a webpage opened inside
the Vim session with the goog keybinding
gem install goog
Usage: goog [options] [query] -h, --help Show this message -d, --date-range [DATE RANGE] Show results for date range. See below for options. -n, --num-pages [NUM PAGES] Show NUM PAGES pages of results -c, --color Force color output -x, --expand Expand all results into web page text -e, --elinks Open results in elinks -i, --interactive Prompt for selection -v, --vim Open results in Vim and bind <leader>o to open URL on or after cursor --install-plugin Install Goog as a Vim plugin --version Show version DATE RANGE options for -d option: h last hour d last day (24 hours) w last week m last month y last year VIM KEY MAPPINGS <leader>o open URL on or after cursor in default external web browser <leader>O open URL on or after cursor in split Vim window using elinks, links, or lynx VIM PLUGIN COMMANDS :Goog [query] where query is any of the flags and arguments you can pass to the command line version, except for -v. goog will run the Google search and print matches with syntax coloring in a split Vim buffer. In the GoogSearchResults buffer: CTRL-j jumps to the next URL CTRL-k jumps to the previous URL <leader>o open URL on or after cursor in default external web browser <leader>O open URL on or after cursor in split Vim window using elinks, links, or lynx
goog for the same reason I wrote
vitunes: I believe that the command line,
supplemented by a Unix-style plain text editor like Vim, is in general a much
more powerful, productive, empowering, and creative environment for using a
computer than the web browser or GUI-style app. In short, I follow the Unix
philosophy when it comes to
the software tools I use.
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