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DuckDuckGo User Stats

Matic Broz profile picture By Matic Broz Updated April 23, 2022
DuckDuckGo user stats

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that prioritizes the privacy of its users by not tracking them. It was founded in 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg and is currently the sixth most popular search engine in the world, behind Google, Bind, Yahoo!, Yandex, and Baidu.

DuckDuckGo Stats: Summary

  • DuckDuckGo processes 99.67 million search queries a day and around 36 billion searches per year.
  • Worldwide, DuckDuckGo holds a 0.69% share of the search engine market. In the US, it claims a 2.51% share.
  • DuckDuckGo has approximately 30 million daily users. Its extension is used by over 6 million people daily.
  • In 2021, the DuckDuckGo app was downloaded 75 million times.
  • DuckDuckGo’s worth is estimated at $1 billion. Its annual revenue reached $100 million in 2021.

DuckDuckGo Daily & Annual Searches

DuckDuckGo reports an average of 99.67 million searches a day in 2022. Daily search queries have increased by 3.05% from 2021 and by 54% from 2020.

In 2021, DuckDuckGo processed 35.30 billion searches. The annual search activity has increased by 1.49x over the previous year, up from 23.65 billion searches in 2020. In 2021, DuckDuckGo processed 40.00% more searches than in the years 2010 through 2018 combined.

DuckDuckGo daily searches

The average number of daily searches on DuckDuckGo has increased 73.29 times since 2021. In addition, DuckDuckGo processes more search queries per day in 2022 than in all of 2011.

DuckDuckGo annual searches graph

Here are the exact numbers of the average daily DuckDuckGo search queries since 2010.

YearDaily SearchesAnnual Searches
201045.0 thousand16.41 million
2011272.2 thousand99.35 million
20121.4 million496.24 million
20132.8 million1.03 billion
20145.4 million1.97 billion
20158.6 million3.14 billion
201611.2 million4.09 billion
201716.2 million5.92 billion
201825.3 million9.24 billion
201941.3 million15.08 billion
202064.8 million23.65 billion
202196.7 million35.30 billion
202299.7 million36.38 billion
Average daily and annual searches at DuckDuckGo (20102022).

Source: DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo Global Market Share

DuckDuckGo claims a market share of 0.69% across all platforms in 2021, making it the 6th most popular search engine in the world.

Global DuckDuckGo market share

Since 2012, when DuckDuckGo accounted for only 0.01% of all search queries, the search engine’s global market share has steadily increased. By Photutorial estimates, DuckDuckGo could claim a 0.81% search engine market share by 2024 and 1.29% by 2030.

The table below shows DuckDuckGo’s global search engine market share:

YearMarket share
20120.01%
20130.01%
20140.04%
20150.11%
20160.12%
20170.18%
20180.29%
20190.42%
20200.49%
20210.62%
20220.69%
DuckDuckGo’s global all-platform search market share (20122022).

Global Desktop Market Share

DuckDuckGo claims a 1.01% share of the global desktop search engine market. Its market share has more than doubled in the last three years, rising from 0.50% in 2019.

Global DuckDuckGo desktop market share

DuckDuckGo is the most successful on desktops, holding a 2x larger market share compared to its mobile search engine share.

The table shows the global desktop search engine market share from 2012 to 2022:

YearDesktop market share
20120.01%
20130.01%
20140.05%
20150.13%
20160.15%
20170.30%
20180.38%
20190.50%
20200.64%
20210.89%
20221.01%
DuckDuckGo’s global desktop search market share (20122022).

Global Mobile Market Share

DuckDuckGo holds a 0.52% share of the global mobile search market. This makes it the 6th most popular search engine among mobile users, behind Google, Bing, Baidu, Yahoo! and Yandex.

Global DuckDuckGo mobile market share

DuckDuckGo’s mobile market share is half of its desktop market share due to Google’s dominance in mobile search, where Google Chrome and Google Search are the default browsers for Android users. However, there are some privacy-friendly browsers like Brave that use DuckDuckGo as the default search engine.

The table of DuckDuckGo’s global mobile search engine market share:

YearMobile market share
20120.00%
20130.00%
20140.03%
20150.05%
20160.06%
20170.08%
20180.19%
20190.33%
20200.38%
20210.47%
20220.52%
DuckDuckGo’s global mobile search market share (20122022).

Global Tablet and Console Market Share

DuckDuckGo claims an impressive 1.02% market share in global tablet search, but only 0.37% in console search. Surprisingly, its tablet market share peaked in 2019 (1.13 %), but has since recovered in 2021 and 2022.

The table of DuckDuckGo’s global table and console search engine market share:

YearTablet market shareConsole market share
20120.00%0.00%
20130.01%0.00%
20140.07%0.02%
20150.21%0.05%
20160.28%0.13%
20170.45%0.19%
20180.77%0.25%
20191.13%0.33%
20200.95%0.30%
20211.01%0.35%
20221.02%0.37%
DuckDuckGo’s global tablet and console search market share (20122022).

DuckDuckGo US Market Share

In the US, DuckDuckGo claims a market share of 2.51% across all platforms in 2022. That makes it the 4th most popular search engine in the US.

US DuckDuckGo market share

DuckDuckGo’s market share in the United States has increased 2.18 times since 2019. Moreover, DuckDuckGo is much more popular in the US (2.51%) than globally (0.69%).

The table of DuckDuckGo’s US search engine market share:

YearMarket share
20120.02%
20130.05%
20140.12%
20150.32%
20160.34%
20170.52%
20180.69%
20191.15%
20201.61%
20212.42%
20222.51%
DuckDuckGo’s US all-platform search market share (20122022).

US Desktop Market Share

DuckDuckGo claims a 2.77% share of the US desktop search engine market. Its market share has more than doubled in three years, up from 0.50% in 2019.

US DuckDuckGo desktop market share

The table shows the DuckDuckGo’s US desktop search engine market share from 2012 to 2022:

YearDesktop market share
20120.02%
20130.06%
20140.14%
20150.37%
20160.39%
20170.62%
20180.67%
20191.10%
20201.63%
20212.53%
20222.77%
DuckDuckGo’s US desktop search market share (20122022).

US Mobile Market Share

DuckDuckGo holds a 2.29% share of the US mobile search market. This makes it the 3rd most popular search engine among mobile users, behind Google and Yahoo!

US DuckDuckGo mobile market share

While DuckDuckGo’s mobile market is half the size of the desktop market worldwide, it’s only 20.96% smaller in the United States.

DuckDuckGo’s market share in the US mobile search market is shown in the table below:

YearMobile market share
20120.00%
20130.01%
20140.08%
20150.21%
20160.22%
20170.33%
20180.59%
20191.02%
20201.52%
20212.29%
20222.29%
DuckDuckGo’s US mobile search market share (20122022).

US Tablet and Console Market Share

In the US, DuckDuckGo claims a 3.16% tablet search engine market share and only 0.53% in console search. In 2022, the tablet market share is 0.23% lower than in 2021.

DuckDuckGo’s US market share and console search engine market share are shown in the table below:

YearTablet market shareConsole market share
20120.00%0.00%
20130.02%0.00%
20140.13%0.02%
20150.41%0.07%
20160.57%0.27%
20170.96%0.31%
20181.54%0.38%
20192.53%0.51%
20202.76%0.42%
20213.39%0.50%
20223.16%0.53%
DuckDuckGo US tablet and console search market share (20122022).

How many people use DuckDuckGo?

The number of people using DuckDuckGo is impossible to pin down since it doesn’t track the users. However, according to seotribunal research, people make 3–4 searches every day. This accounts for approximately 30 million daily DuckDuckGo users.

DuckDuckGo daily users

How many people use the DuckDuckGo Chrome extension?

As of 2022, more than 6 million people use the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials plugin for the Chrome browser. The tools block hidden trackers located on websites, thus preventing companies from exploiting and selling your data.

DuckDuckGo app downloads

Mobile users can download the DuckDuckGo app to secure their searches.

By 2022, the DuckDuckGo app had been downloaded more than 10 million times on Android devices, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 1.6 million users. Last month alone, it was downloaded 300,000 times on iOS devices.

The DuckDuckGo browser was the most downloaded browser on Android and the second most downloaded browser on iOS in the first quarter of 2021, with more than 75 million annual installs.

Sources: Google Play, App Store, Sensor Tower, Spread Privacy

DuckDuckGo Finances

Revenue & net worth

In June 2021, DuckDuckGo reported over $100 million in annual revenue and a $100+ million investment from new and existing investors.

The total value of DuckDuckGo isn’t known, but based on estimates of visitors and advertising revenue, the net value of DuckDuckGo is estimated to be $1 billion in 2022.

Sources: Spread Privacy, Worth of Web

Funding

DuckDuckGo has received $172 million from 19 investors over the course of ten years. On December 1, 2020, the largest funding round raised $100 million.

YearValue
Oct 13, 2011$3 million
Aug 21, 2018$10 million
Dec 1, 2020$100 million
Jun 9, 2021$59 million
DuckDuckGo funding.

Donations

DuckDuckGo donates to organizations working on internet privacy and collaborates with policymakers and advocates.

DuckDuckGo donated a total of $1 million to 21 organizations in 2021. Its largest donation ($200,000) has been for the third year in a row to the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP).

DuckDuckGo has donated a total of $3,673,549 since 2011.

DuckDuckGo donations

The following table shows all DuckDuckGo donations:

YearAmountNumber of donations
2011$1,9096
2012$11,6407
2013$20,0007
2014$40,0006
2015$125,0005
2016$225,0009
2017$400,00016
2018$500,00021
2019$600,00011
2020$750,00015
2021$1,000,00021
DuckDuckGo donations (20112022).

Source: DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo vs Google

The main differences between DuckDuckGo and Google are privacy settings and search volume. DuckDuckGo handles 100 million searches per day, while Google handles 5.6 billion searches per day.

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