Custom Search

Build large-scale custom search engines

Build your custom web, image or news search engine. Choose the domains you'd like to search - be it 10 or 10,000 - and our engine will crawl and index them in seconds. All starting at just $0.3 for 1,000 search requests.

Sign up now to get 10,000 requests per month for free.

Build Your Engine in 2 Easy Steps


Add a list of domains

You can copy-paste domains or upload a file of all the domains you'd like your new engine to crawl and index.




Set it up

Customize any part of your engine to make it look - and behave - the way you need it to.

Once you're done, embed your engine programmatically.

Want to learn more? Check out our quick start guide or view the introduction video.

Choose Your Domain Scope

Add 10 sites or 10,000, and our engine will automatically crawl, index and search every single page on those sites in a matter of minutes. We also offer news- and image-search flavors of Custom Search, so you can find whatever you need, fast.

Custom News Search

Build a custom news engine with just a few lines of code. Add a list of news sites and blog you'd like to search, and our engine will crawl and index them.

Financial news search, Crypto news search, Oil news search

Custom Image Search

Building an image search engine with Custom Search is easy: simply add a list of image-heavy sites and enter your query. Our engine will scour alt tags and metadescriptions to find the most relevant images for your search query.

Stock photo search, Product image search

Custom Web Search

Feel free to add just your own site (and subdomains) to your engine - the simplest way to create a fully customizable, ad-free site search experience.

Personal blog search, e-Commerce store search

Every Feature You Need

Your engine is 100% yours to customize. Feel free to manipulate anything, including...



Change the colors of every aspect of your search engine, including the search field, button and results


Change Layouts

Want to see results only? Sure thing. Two column setup? No problem.


Search Suggestions

Want Google-style search suggestions? Just flick the switch!

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Add/Remove Domains

Change the list of domains you'd like to crawl at any time - simply upload a file!



We don't track our users and never store search requests

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Safe Search

Filter any NSFW content with a flick of a switch

Competitive Pricing

Compared to other leading Custom Search API providers, you'll get much more mileage, better versatility and accurate search results with ContextualWeb. If you're looking for a Free Custom Search API, look no further: we offer up to 10,000 requests/month free.

Google Custom Search

$5 / 1K requests
  • ⛔️ Limited to 10 domains
  • ⛔️ Ad-supported, limited free plan
  • ⛔️ No privacy guarantee

ContextualWeb News API

$0.5 / 1K requests
  • ✅ Unlimited domains
  • ✅ 10,000 requests/month free
  • ✅ Enterprise-grade security & privacy

Microsoft Bing

$4 / 1K requests
  • ⛔️ Limited domains
  • ⛔️ 7-day limited free plan
  • ⛔️ No privacy guarantee

All prices shown are true for 250,000 requests/month. In this scenario you would save $4,800 per month vs Bing, or $349 per month vs newsapi.org. Found a cheaper plan than ours? Let us know and we'll refund the difference.