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Google Search: parameter rls

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

Friday, July 21, 2006
12 years ago4,624 views

Has anybody an idea what the parameter "rls" means in the Google search?

Something like this:
google.com/search?q=Google+Blo ...

I do not see any difference with or without it (except personlizied search).

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Source of the query and the language (something to do with affiliation).

In Google Toolbar IE:
rls=GGLJ,GGLJ:2006-23,GGLJ:en

In Firefox:
rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

Other values:
rls=en
rls=RNWE,RNWE:2004-18,RNWE:en
rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-34,GGLD:en (G Desktop)
rls=HPIB,HPIB:2005-19,HPIB:en
rls=GWYA,GWYA:2005-44,GWYA:en

There are also:
sourceid=
client=

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Okay, but how can the source be com.microsoft?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's from IE7, I think.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Confirmed.

google.com/search?q=test&sou
rceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-
US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe it would be good to create a parameter list (I see a Wiki) :-)

david sanger [PersonRank 7]

12 years ago #

seems to give different answers in some cases in number of pages found and shown:

google.com/search?q=yahoo& ...

Results 301 – 325 of about 1,600,000,000 for yahoo

google.com/search?q=yahoo& ...

Results 301 – 400 of about 1,070,000,000 for yahoo

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Not a wiki, but suggestions are welcome.

googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006 ...

david sanger [PersonRank 7]

12 years ago #

Now as I recheck the results I am getting inconsistent answers with

&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

and

&rls=en-US

depending on whether signed in or not, and always the same: 1.6G or 1.07G pages.

Go figure.

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