YubNub a social internet command line

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 16, 2007
Updated • May 26, 2013

The first time I visited the yubnub website I was thinking that no one would need this website at all but after some testing it became clear that it offers an easy way to access many services faster without depending on bookmarks or links.

If you do work with the command line in Windows or Linux you feel right at home, you enter a command, add optional parameters to it and the service does the rest.

But what does it do? It is a social command line for the web that you run from the site. What you can use it for? Search on different search engines, enter an address to be taken to Google Streetview automatically, run PHP code and return results, or open any webpage in word format.

A list of commands is accessible by entering ls into the form field. I think an example will illustrate the strength of yubnub; wp ghacks searches wikipedia for the term ghacks, gim ghacks searches google images for ghacks. y or g searches yahoo or google for a selected search term. That is not all of course. AM title searches amazon for the title that you enter, random 1000 returns a random number between 1 and 1000, and there are thousands of additional commands you can make use of.

A good selection of commands that are likely useful to most users are Jeremy's Picks. It display a list of about 100 commands that are popular.

You can even create your own commands. You do select a command string that is not used yet and select a url that uses variables to perform searches or operations. One example would be http://images.google.com/images?q=%s which is simply the search string for Google Images.

The search string that is entered is substituted with %s in this example. It is possible to create more advanced searches  with more than one parameters.

Update: Note that web browsers such as Firefox or Opera support most of the searching options. This is done by adding search engines to the browser of choice and assigning keywords to these bookmarks.


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  1. Erik said on January 7, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Have you had a look at Favlog? It works sort of like YubNub but also allows you to personalize your keywords.

  2. Jonathan Aquino said on January 17, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Martin – Glad it appeals to your Unix sensibilities!

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