In the Google Chrome search engines, there is the default engine URL defined as: {google:baseURL}search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s.

I understand what it does and I know how to modify/customize the search engines, but now I would like to know whether I could customize my own search engines (I have set up several for Google alone) further if I would know what these operators/attributes mean. Could you please explain me the meaning of the following:

  • {google:baseURL} (or is that just google.com?)
  • {google:RLZ}
  • {google:acceptedSuggestion}
  • {google:originalQueryForSuggestion}

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{google:baseURL} is defined in the source as http://www.google.com/. {google:RLZ} has to do with RLZ. The other two seem to have to do with what you type in the address bar and what you actually pick for Chrome to search on.

  • What does "what you type in the address bar and what you actually pick for Chrome" mean? Also, folks are quoting your answer on stackoverflow.com/a/18219627/632951 ... Might help if you could provide some sources/justification/evidence/etc. – Pacerier May 11 '16 at 12:49
  • @Pacerier: It was buried so deep within the Chromium source that I can't replicate the discovery path anymore. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 11 '16 at 13:04

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