Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I don't want:

  • install anything (e.g toolbar)
  • type too much

Baically something that would show the SO or SF favicon and do a google search would be just fine - but I haven't find it

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You can use Mycroft Project to find a search engine for Firefox

Today I was able to find 2 engines, one written by Alessandro Gentilini and labelled "Stack Overflow" and the other one written by Kalevi Onni and labelled "Stack Overflow (3rd Party - Google)".

I tried the first one and it is working just fine!

There is one for and another one for both written by Soon Van and both functional.

share|improve this answer
The ones for and do not use google as I was requesting, but the other one does. I'm sure this wasn't there when I wrote the question, but now it is and you win! – Davide Nov 18 '09 at 15:07

This already exists and is served up by every site in the trilogy.

View source and look for

<link rel="search" type="application/opensearchdescription+xml" 
      title="Meta Stack Overflow" href="">

Just use the little drop-down menu in the search bar next to the address bar on most browsers.

enter image description here

(It is a bit different in Google Chrome as Chrome has only one unified address bar, as Semi points out in his answer)

Alternately going to

Look for "search {site} with.." where you can type and press enter to use an alternative search engine:

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

I did this back in March of 2009:

<searchplugin xmlns="">
 <shortname>Stack Overflow</shortname>
 <description>Stack Overflow Google Search</description>
 <img height="16" width="16" />data:image/x-icon;base64,R0lGODlhEAAQAMQAAGZmZu6+gNhWI+aeQfvv35lmM8+4oOB4T/fd0+CGEbuZd9bCrf///+HClvPPoOSWMbSPaeWObOiae9thMvro4vffwOTWyequYPj18f337/XXsOimUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAAHAP8ALAAAAAAQABAAAAVhICOOYjYJCKmSkjBRaxwJRxZXzpgdQhRviYdGRDlJVoRLIjgsTmyrTOARrCBSJMPCgmEQNINNrEAmKwyNSsyggJTJKgBAhbEsDAy5SC/v9/NzgIB+fIF6MXuGhIuHjIwMIQA7</img>
 <url template="" method="GET" type="text/html">
     <param value=" {searchTerms}" name="q" />
     <param value="utf-8" name="ie" />
     <param value="utf-8" name="oe" />
     <param value="t"name="aq" />

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
This needs more upvote love. It is the right answer; and easily modifiable to any of the Trilogy, Meta and/or the StackExchange sites! – John Rudy Oct 30 '09 at 2:43
I would upvote immediately and delete my own answer in favor to this one. But I can't get it running. Well, it's a complicated task anyway: Create file, copy, past, save. Feeling like an idiot... – The Chairman Oct 30 '09 at 6:46
+1 It works! Seems to have been an issue with a missing blank between the attributes in the 4th Param node. I'm going to delete my answer because this is, what the OP was asking for. – The Chairman Oct 30 '09 at 9:27
@The Chairman I think I may be the idiot, seeing as how I managed to mangle my own XML while copying it into my blog ;) fixed the space in the snippet - cheers! – Rex M Nov 1 '09 at 16:37
is your site currently down? – Jeff Atwood Sep 22 '11 at 16:50
@JeffAtwood it is, thanks... – Rex M Sep 22 '11 at 18:47
@RexM The link is broken now. Where I can find your search provider? – Alexander Abakumov Mar 11 '14 at 12:00
@AlexandrAbakumov I put the snippet in the post. I am not sure if this even works anymore - it's 5 years old. – Rex M Mar 11 '14 at 13:53

I would like to add that for any Google Chrome users reading this, just do this:

  1. Search for anything in the stackoverflow search. Chrome will automatically learn that it is a search.
  2. In the address bar, start typing "stackoverflow" until it completes to "", Hit tab, and now the address bar should say "Search" in light blue. Now just type your search terms after that and hit enter.
share|improve this answer
Thanks! I would up-vote this but I don't have the rep. – Chris Redford Nov 1 '09 at 17:08

In Firefox, right-click on the search box and select 'Add a K eyword for this Search...'.

Then in your address bar you can go something like:

o <search string here>

Presuming you set the keyword to o for SO, of course :)

I do this with several custom search fields inside Firefox.

share|improve this answer
About same operation for Opera, right-click, "Create Search...", and here I have so, su, sf as search keywords ;) – Gnoupi Nov 9 '09 at 20:51
In firefox 3.0.15 (linux) there isn't any Add a _K_eyword for this Search... either in the right-click or left-click menu – Davide Nov 18 '09 at 15:03
I did this on Windows with FF 3.5 – warren Nov 18 '09 at 15:18
and the 'K' should be underlined there – warren Nov 18 '09 at 15:19
In Firefox 10,11 (perhaps few versions earlier) you need to right-click in the search text box on the stackoverflow page and select "Add Keyword to this Search..." – Maks Mar 18 '12 at 23:57

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .