The 9 Best Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web

Best Search Engines for Dark Web
Written by Anusha Saive

Can we imagine a life without Search Engines? Think about it for the next two minutes.. you still will have no answer! The fact is that only because of Search Engines our life has become smoother and the internet has become dearer!

But, here comes a twist! Would you feel betrayed when I tell you that these search engines, in fact, show you a very small percentage of data that is dumped on the web! Well, that’s right, the data that is visible to us is called the Surface Web and that which is not visible is called the Invisible Web.

Invisible Web is also known as Deep Web and they are not easily accessible through the normal Search Engine.

Some examples include:

  • Content that requires technology to get access, like CAPTCHA technology.
  • Pages that are independent and not linked by any other page.
  • Contents that exist beyond the conventional http:// or https:// protocols.
  • The page may not have been indexed by the search engines.

So, how do you think we can explore the data that are a part of the Invisible web? The answer is that there are a few dedicated search browsers through which we can access the content of the Invisible web.

Here are few search engines to help you explore the Invisible web. Do visit them to expand the universe of your search results that earlier was just limited to the surface web.

1. Yippy

Yippy is a very useful search engine and it gives you results for anything obscure you want to search for. They are actively funded and are continuously acquiring different search tech assets to make it more robust.




If you are looking for books and journals for your next research project, you should not miss out searching about it on

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It has a gigantic database that includes old videos, books, sound recordings and so on. It has partnered with the Wayback Machine which itself has over 250 billion webpages.

3. WWW Virtual Library

WWW Virtual Library is considered one of the oldest of the lost, this search engine can get you everything stating from agriculture to corporate affairs.

It was created by Timothy John Berners-Lee, who we all know is the inventor of the World Wide Web. Also, if you love audiobooks, this website has free audiobooks too.

WWW Virtual Library

WWW Virtual Library

4. is the best search engine to find people on earth! This website has access to different member directories, court records and can get you information of a person.

A lot of famous brands like IBM, eBay, Groupon, Twitter, etc., are also associated with this website.

5. Directory of Open Access Journals

Better than Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals website will give you access to over 12000 open access journals and that too free of cost. Launched in 2003 in Sweden, this independent database has journals that cover all areas of technology, science, humanities, and medicines.



6. Elephind

Elephind is a repository of over 3700 newspaper titles in the world. This search engine gives you results that Google can never give you.

Their tagline is “search the world’s historical newspaper archives” and it truly stands by it. They are continuously adding more newspapers every day and this certainly gives them a place on our list.



7. Surfwax

Surfwax is one of the best search engine tools to dive down deep in the Invisible web. You can search anything through it starting from blogs and feeds to the news. It is a search engine that openly challenges Google for providing better search results.



8. is a search engine that is a combination of encyclopedia, almanac, and atlas. One of our favourites, this site is a must visit if you are looking to increase your General Knowledge. The website is interesting and in fact, you would love searching topics after topics.

9. Ahmia

To access the links and results of Ahmia search engine you will have to install the Tor browser, which will searches hidden services on the Tor Network. The onion service for this search engine can be accessed through – msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion

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Apart from the above mentioned top Invisible web search engines, there are many other which can get you inside the Invisible web, some of which are – Hidden Wiki, Project Gutenberg, Voice of the Shuttle, Agrisurf, IncyWincy, Clusty and so on.

The Invisible web is difficult to measure, but experts estimate it to be more than 500 times the web we actually know! The search engines listed above are sure to introduce you to this Invisible web and only then you would understand the difference between them.

Please do let us know when you use these search engines and share your experiences with us by commenting below. If you think we have missed out on a search engine, do fill up the feedback form given below so that we can incorporate the same in our list and help our audience.


About the author

Anusha Saive

Anusha worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, and also a senior writer and editor at FossMint. She is a huge fan of Linux and is passionate about writing Linux and technology related stuff.
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