An iOS-optimized web app for accessing search engines
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Swearch is a web app for accessing search engines quickly. It was built for the iPhone, though it'll move to other platforms soon. It's based on open web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It's powered by jQuery and uses a few classes to do the heavy lifting.

The source is intended for the following people:

  • people who want to self-host their app
  • people who are privacy-conscious
  • people who want to add extra search engines
  • people who want to build their own iPhone web app


To install:

  • cd into a directory accessible by your webserver
  • git clone

That's it! If you want to use the HTML5 offline application cache, there are a couple more steps.

  • if you don't have node.js installed, you'll need to either install that or port the script
  • node build-manifest.js - this will build the HTML5 app manifest
  • if your server is not configured to send the correct content type, it must return Content-Type: text/cache-manifest for .manifest files (note: if you're using Apache and it can use .htaccess files, then the .htaccess file included in the repository will make that happen)


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