Update (4th June, 2020): The original DuckDuckGo (HTML SSL) add-on has been removed. Without this add-on, we cannot force Firefox to use the HTML-only version of DuckDuckGo by default. This article will remain here for posterity.
I recommend that all users of DuckDuckGo install the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials add-on, which will set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine whilst helping you protect your privacy.
Fortunately for users of Firefox-based browsers, DuckDuckGo provides a myriad of search engine provider add-ons. Head to
about:preferences‘s search options. In the section titled “One-Click Search Engines”, click the “Find more search engines” hyperlink.
You’ll be redirected to Mozilla’s search engines add-on page. Use the search box at the top of the page to search for “DuckDuckGo”, and you’ll get a pretty long list of results. Everything from DuckDuckGo over TOR to DuckDuckGo with mandatory safe search is available as a one-click search engine.
Use the “Add to Firefox” button to install the add-on. You’ll get a pop-up, as below, to approve it. You can use the checkbox in the pop-up to set your new search engine as your default.
You’re all set! If you go back to the “One-Click Search Engines” settings, you should see
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I wish I knew what any of this was lol
Thank you! One less source of frustration in my life
Cannot find this now.
Unfortunately, DuckDuckGo has removed their HTML-only add-on, and they do not appear to have provided a direct replacement for it.
It is possible that the new DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials will provide the same functionality, and the article has been updated to recommend the use of this add-on.
Seems the search engine selector drop down is pretty smart in Seamonkey. Not sure about Firefox, but it probably works the same. The drop down includes, an Add “(current site)” item for search friendly pages. If you visit https://html.duckduckgo.com/html, then Add … site (from the search engine selector drop down, shows up just above Manage Search Engines) you’ll get the old noJS result pages. Do the same when visiting https://lite.duckduckgo.com/lite (then drop down the search engine selector to see Add “DuckDuckGo (Lite)” just above the Manage Search Engine item.
Was searching for the lean DDG searchbar template, after an upgrade to Seamonkey 2.53.3, and found your article, Rauchman. Thanks.
Disappointment led to some flailing around, being denied the Install option for the older HTTP SSL .xml files. The menu item popped up during the flailing, while visiting the /html page to see if it had a link to something. (It doesn’t). But the drop down selector seems to let you just add the current page as an engine, if the page is friendly, and it just seems to work all nice and smooth like).
Passing on the discovery, and thanks for the nudge that caused the find.
I’m glad to hear that you can still do that in Seamonkey. I attempted to find something similar within Firefox, but I could not. I seem to remember it being possible in the past, so perhaps it was removed by the Firefox team.