How To Disable Unity Online Search Feature On Ubuntu 15.10

How To Disable Unity Online Search Feature On Ubuntu 15.10

What Is Unity Online Search Feature?

The Unity search function in Ubuntu operating system is provided by Canonical Ltd. When you enter a search term into the dash, Ubuntu will search your computer and will record the search terms locally. Unless you have opted out, the search terms will be sent to link and selected third parties including Facebook, Twitter, BBC, and Amazon. Canonical and these selected third parties will collect your search terms and use them to provide you with search results while using Ubuntu.

For example, when I type the term “Terminal” in the Unity Dash, It displays the Terminal application, and other third party junks(which I don’t want always) from the web.


As you see in the above screenshot, Unity displays the built-in Terminal application, reference links, weather links and other third party suggestions such as movies etc. This is very annoying, and it displays too many results that makes me bit confusing.

Disable Unity online Search Feature On Ubuntu 15.10/15.04/14.10/14.04 And Older Versions

If you don’t like this feature and feel this is really annoying to you, you can disable it.

To do this, go to System Settings either from the Unity dash or Menu.


Click on Security & Privacy button.

System Settings_004

In the Search tab, toggle the ‘Include online search results’ option to off. Refer the following screen shot.

Security & Privacy_004

That’s it. Now, the online search has been disabled.

If you search again from the dash, the other extra junk items will not be displayed anymore.



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  • jorgepsantos2002

    Nice tip! Thanks!!!

  • Steven H

    Thank you. I was getting a bit irritated about it proudly displaying things like an image of a bare butt in a g-string labeled twerk when I’d search something like tweak.

  • ThorN

    Thanks, works fine.

  • Yasir Husain

    Thank you. Worked perfectly.

  • Gregor Gonzalez

    Finally, thanks.
    I always have problems with internet conections, making the search very slowly, and also i disabled it because some of my family search and install anything they see.

  • Ume Ume

    Thanks man

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  • dave

    Very helpful – thanks! Search should have never had internet searching turned on by default.

  • Fari

    Thanks, well explained.

  • Vincenzo

    Thanks for your care to our noobish Linux community ^^”

  • I like trains

    Much appreciated.

  • Guest

    Thank you, great clear directions

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  • chintan

    thank you.

  • Larissa Collossi

    thank you :)

  • Lukas

    Thank you very much

  • Puviyarasan Arulandu

    thanks brother

  • Kim Luzano

    Thank you very much and God bless!

  • Mike

    Hello. I recently purchased a laptop with Ubuntu. The grey button at top left, the ‘Unity Dash’ icon cannot be opened no matter what I do or try. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • Серж

    There is no ” Security & Privacy” in System settings.