Provides functions for making DuckDuckGo searches using PHP (currently only images)

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Library for getting image search results from DuckDuckGo

This is a PHP version of fastai's Python search_images_ddg() function.

It is part of the code that accompanies their Deep Learning for Coders book (also available on Amazon), which has a function called search_images_ddg().

You can read more more about why this library exists here.

How to


With composer:

composer require yanosh-k/duckduckgo


Require the composer autoloader:

    $searchResults = YanoshK\DuckDuckGo\SearchImagesDDG('brown dogs');

Function parameters

This function accepts only two parameters: $term and $maxImages: SearchImagesDDG($term, $maxImages = 200).

$term is a string for the search query that you would like to use.

$maxImages is integer between 1 and 1000 and tells the function the maximum number of results to return.


When you call SearchImagesDDG('SEARCH_TERM') you will get an array of results in the format shown bellow. This is the actual data format that DDG is using in their internal API. Most of the times you would need the image parameter value, which holds the URL for the original file:

    'height' => 530,
    'image' => 'https://static.semrush.com/blog/uploads/media/21/d9/21d991199d0e7392c20c38736f8fd32c/search-terms-sm.png',
    'image_token' => 'b94f617df3182bb6c99361fb2c2d85c4e72722d46c06afe022e41d6730bb26c6',
    'source' => 'Bing',
    'thumbnail' => 'https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.mzBL8Sb1e60zZlBY4Pi8kAHaD4&pid=Api',
    'thumbnail_token' => '72056fe36342f76e10075153c3b62ae2814a694c5ffbdb23e1d4ad99fcd0eab9',
    'title' => 'Search Terms: Definition & How to Use Them (with Examples)',
    'url' => 'https://www.semrush.com/blog/search-terms/',
    'width' => 1010,
    'height' => 1250,
    'image' => 'https://www.reliablesoft.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/people-also-ask-related-searches.png',
    'image_token' => '0c4d1e495ef71ac644e8806bccf54d7f8de3f39a0cddfcf39ca305ddfc660380',
    'source' => 'Bing',
    'thumbnail' => 'https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.6EvNQHr1FyZavhMUl2k_vwHaHG&pid=Api',
    'thumbnail_token' => '653d830b8945e07ac649ff67ed5bdb70366662d29f690ea690211be1b21deb1f',
    'title' => 'What are Search Terms? (With Examples)',
    'url' => 'https://www.reliablesoft.net/what-are-search-terms/',
    'width' => 1304,
    'height' => 201,
    'image' => 'https://static.semrush.com/blog/uploads/media/8a/09/8a09df80c31b1de73bc90c3c73e6889c/search-term.jpg',
    'image_token' => '0db046ce4e19036d264ac5c6afeb59d16425eeb504dca37c0de7f216fc69707b',
    'source' => 'Bing',
    'thumbnail' => 'https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.uozMlwbujR9P3JixU9cNTAAAAA&pid=Api',
    'thumbnail_token' => '6334459b50b60891414a126835f438a88b31cf336937e0cf3003c3c1dd5c32b1',
    'title' => 'Search Terms: Definition & How to Use Them (with Examples)',
    'url' => 'https://www.semrush.com/blog/search-terms/',
    'width' => 474,
    'height' => 1334,
    'image' => 'https://static.semrush.com/blog/uploads/media/02/2a/022ae1572f1ad01af34c62c93cd625b0/google-ads-search-terms-report.jpg',
    'image_token' => '0a3620d50bd6c0f3d76e100a7b59e97f8aad46ba4d859c8e463d0d963eab50a8',
    'source' => 'Bing',
    'thumbnail' => 'https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.eY0jXwtADz7z7ZTDjfIv6gHaJQ&pid=Api',
    'thumbnail_token' => '9102854a16e33e9767a7690e0b5a8d7cb26e6dec8158be11a8991b407442f267',
    'title' => 'Search Terms: Definition & How to Use Them (with Examples)',
    'url' => 'https://www.semrush.com/blog/search-terms/',
    'width' => 1068,