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DuckDuckGo is building a privacy-focused browser for the Mac

Duckduckgo Mac App
Duckduckgo Mac App (Image credit: DuckDuckGo)

What you need to know

  • DuckDuckGo is building a privacy-focused browser for macOS and Windows.
  • The company says it is building the browser on "OS-provided rendering engines" rather than Chromium.

DuckDuckGo is about to come to the Mac with a new desktop app.

In a blog post from DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg, the company has announced that it is now taking what it learned from its iOS and Android app and building a full-fledged desktop app for the Mac and Windows.

According to Weinberg, instead of building the app on the Chromium platform (like Microsoft did with Edge), it is using the "OS-provided rendering engines (like on mobile), allowing us to strip away a lot of the unnecessary cruft and clutter that's accumulated over the years in major browsers."

Like we've done on mobile, DuckDuckGo for desktop will redefine user expectations of everyday online privacy. No complicated settings, no misleading warnings, no "levels" of privacy protection – just robust privacy protection that works by default, across search, browsing, email, and more. It's not a "privacy browser"; it's an everyday browsing app that respects your privacy because there's never a bad time to stop companies from spying on your search and browsing history.Instead of forking Chromium or anything else, we're building our desktop app around the OS-provided rendering engines (like on mobile), allowing us to strip away a lot of the unnecessary cruft and clutter that's accumulated over the years in major browsers. With our clean and simple interface combined with the beloved Fire Button from our mobile app, DuckDuckGo for desktop will be ready to become your new everyday browsing app. Compared to Chrome, the DuckDuckGo app for desktop is cleaner, way more private, and early tests have found it significantly faster too!

DuckDuckGo has become known as the privacy-first search engine and, according to the company, seen major growth as consumers are starting to look for companies that respect their privacy and don't track them across the internet. According to the company, 27 million Americans, or 9% of the country, now use DuckDuckGo instead of Google, Yahoo, Bing, or other search engines.

It's been a running rumor (or hope) that Apple would acquire DuckDuckGo at some point and pair its privacy-focused search engine with its privacy-focused software and hardware. However, nothing has ever come of the rumors.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.