Tor search engines exist to give beginners the opportunity to find websites. In contrast to the normal Internet, the addresses of the Onion Network read very cryptically and are therefore almost impossible to guess. If you are looking for something specifically, you will have to rely on search engines in the Darknet as well.
Is the Darknet illegal? Am I allowed to surf there?
The Darknet is not illegal per se. The increased anonymity and difficulty for laymen to join has given the parallel Internet a bad reputation. But even in this "parallel" universe, the most popular site is Facebook. But the New York Times is also accessible on the darknet.Why is this so? Even if we in Europe take the free Internet for granted - it is certainly not the case worldwide. If you still want to get information or exchange ideas, you have to rely on the Darknet. By the way, if you don't want to come across as a layman, you speak of the "Tor network". For the sake of understanding, we use the words synonymously - also in the following.
The private Tor search engine DuckDuckGo - 3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion
The popular engine with the duck is also available on the darknet. Many people know the engine with the duck from the "normal" Internet as well. The engine specializing in privacy, one of the few with its own index, is also available on the darknet. It is the default engine in the Tor browser. The oldest engine in the Tor network:
Torch - cnkj6nippubgycuj.onion
torch is said to be the oldest engine on the darknet. According to the operators, no tracking takes place. The oldest search engine on the darknet is torch. According to operators, nothing is censored and tracking of users is not supposed to take place either. Best condition to use the search engine. Suitable for normal internet and darknet:
Ahmia.fi - msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion
Ahmia can also be accessed via the "normal" Internet. Ahmia is a special search engine. Similar to DuckDuckGo, it can be accessed via the normal Internet and the Tor network. However, a special feature is that you are presented with links from the Tor network even if you are not connected to it at all. This is extraordinary. Inspired by Google's motto:
notEvil - hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion
The name of the search engine comes from Google's former motto "Don't be evil". Even though the Tor search engine looks like not much design has been put into it, it still serves its purpose. You can search for URLs and titles. In general, one should not expect too many functions from search engines in the darknet. Only online for 3 years:
Candle - gjobqjj7wyczbqie.onion
The inspiration for the design should be obvious to everyone. The similarity is obvious. But with Candle, no search operators or similar functions are desired. Just words. Some darknet search engines are not as advanced as the "official" ones. Often they are just not online for a long time. The only Tor search engine with premium model:
Haystak - haystakvxad7wbk5.onion
Finding the needle in the haystack. Without search engine hopeless. Haystak - Haystack. Those who use a search engine often have the feeling of trying to find the needle in the haystack. Sophisticated software makes this possible. This is also the case with Haystak. It has its own index and therefore stands out from other search engines. The software is partly financed via the available premium model.