Ahmia is a clearnet search engine
for Tor's hidden services
created by Juha Nurmi.
Developed during the 2014 Google Summer of Code
with support from the Tor Project
, the open source
search engine was initially built in Django
. It collects the peculiar anonymous identifier called .onion URLs from the Tor network and feeds these to its index except those containing a robots.txt file. The search engine filters out child pornography
and keeps a blacklist of abusive services.
The service partners with GlobaLeaks
's submissions and Tor2web
statistics for hidden service discovery and as of July 2015 has indexed about 5000 sites. Ahmia is also affiliated with Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Rights, an organization that promotes transparency and freedom-enabling technologies.
In July 2015 the site published a list of hundreds of fraudulent fake versions of web pages (including such sites as DuckDuckGo
, as well a dark web
page). According to Nurmi, "someone runs a fake site on a similar address to the original one and tries to fool people with that" with the intent of scamming people (e.g. gathering bitcoin money by spoofing bitcoin addresses).
Category:Internet search engines
Category:Tor onion services