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#title: Hosting a Searx instance on OpenBSD date: 2021-02-06 author: Francesco Camuffo

#Hosting a Searx instance on OpenBSD


!!!: This post comes from my personal notes archive, so it may be confusional and/or not structured as a lesson.


🐡 Installation went smooth as always...

I've edited the default disk layout like this:

# df -h
Filesystem     Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/sd0a      565M   85.0M    452M    16%    /
/dev/sd0k      986M    2.0K    937M     0%    /home
/dev/sd0d      782M   10.0K    743M     0%    /tmp
/dev/sd0f      2.9G    1.0G    1.7G    38%    /usr
/dev/sd0g      619M    234M    354M    40%    /usr/X11R6
/dev/sd0h      6.9G    218K    6.5G     0%    /usr/local
/dev/sd0e      4.8G    6.9M    4.6G     0%    /var

It's considered bad to delete some of the proposed partitions but this is an experimental install.

NOTE: I'm following https://searx.github.io/searx/admin/installation-searx.html.

#Searx & gunicorn

The Searx installation guide employs uWSGI. I don't wanna compile uWSGI plugins for OpenBSD at the moment, so to avoid errors like !!! UNABLE to load uWSGI plugin: File not found !!! I'll install gunicorn instead and improvise.

pkg_add python py3-pip git

ln -s /usr/local/bin/python3.8 /usr/local/bin/python

ln -s /usr/local/bin/pip3.8 /usr/local/bin/pip

pip install gunicorn

Create user _searx that is going to own the gunicorn process.

mkdir /usr/local/searx
useradd -d /usr/local/searx/ -s /sbin/nologin -u 10000 _searx
chown -R _searx:_searx /usr/local/searx/

NOTE: I don't want to use a Python virtual env for now.

cat /etc/doas.conf
permit setenv { -ENV PS1=$DOAS_PS1 SSH_AUTH_SOCK } :wheel
doas -u _searx git clone "https://github.com/searx/searx.git" \

pip install -r /usr/local/searx/searx-src/requirements.txt


Error: Please make sure the libxml2 and libxslt development packages are installed.


pkg_add py3-lxml


Follow the guide for the /etc/searx/settings.yml stuff.

Ok. Try.

cd /usr/local/searx/
doas -u _searx gunicorn -b --chdir /usr/local/searx/searx-src/searx --pythonpath /usr/local/searx/searx-src searx.webapp`.
[INFO] Listening at: (93345)

Nice. Daemonize gunicorn. Create /etc/rc.d/gunisearx.


gunisearx_flags="-b --chdir /usr/local/searx/searx-src/searx --pythonpath /usr/local/searx/searx-src -p /var/run/gunisearx/gunisearx.pid -D searx.webapp"

. /etc/rc.d/rc.subr


# For the PID file.
rc_pre() {
    if [[ ! -d /var/run/gunisearx ]]; then
        mkdir $RUN_DIR
        chown -R _searx:_searx $RUN_DIR

rc_stop() {
    if [[ -f $RUN_DIR/gunisearx.pid ]]; then
        kill $(cat $RUN_DIR/gunisearx.pid)
        rm $RUN_DIR/gunisearx.pid

rc_cmd $1


Compiled filtron on a build VM and copied to the server.

Create user _filtron that is going to own the filtron process. useradd -s /sbin/nologin -u 10001 _filtron

Daemonize filtron. Create /etc/rc.d/filtron.


filtron_flags="-api '' -listen '' -rules '/etc/filtron/rules.json' -target ''"


. /etc/rc.d/rc.subr

rc_cmd $1

#Bonus - nginx config

Nginx as reverse proxy and scores A+ at SSL Labs and observatory.mozilla.org. /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

http {

...lots of things...

server {
        listen       443 ssl;
        server_name  searx.fmac.xyz;

        ssl_protocols TLSv1.2 TLSv1.3;
        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

        ssl_certificate      /etc/ssl/searx.fmac.xyz.fullchain.pem;
        ssl_certificate_key  /etc/ssl/private/searx.fmac.xyz.key;

        ssl_session_timeout  1d;
        ssl_session_cache    shared:MozSSL:10m;
        ssl_session_tickets  off;

        location / {

            include /etc/nginx/searx-proxy-headers.conf;
            include /etc/nginx/searx-default-headers.conf;
            add_header Content-Security-Policy "upgrade-insecure-requests; default-src 'none'; script-src 'self'; style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; form-action 'self'; font-src 'self'; frame-ancestors 'self'; base-uri 'self'; connect-src 'self' https://overpass-api.de; img-src 'self' data: https://*.tile.openstreetmap.org; frame-src https://www.youtube-nocookie.com https://player.vimeo.com https://www.dailymotion.com https://www.deezer.com https://www.mixcloud.com https://w.soundcloud.com https://embed.spotify.com" always;

        location /static {
            root /var/www/htdocs/searx;

            include /etc/nginx/searx-default-headers.conf;
            add_header Cache-Control "public, max-age=31536000" always;


add_header Feature-Policy "accelerometer 'none';ambient-light-sensor 'none'; autoplay 'none';camera 'none';encrypted-media 'none';focus-without-user-activation 'none'; geolocation 'none';gyroscope 'none';magnetometer 'none';microphone 'none';midi 'none';payment 'none';picture-in-picture 'none'; speaker 'none';sync-xhr 'none';usb 'none';vr 'none'" always;
add_header Referrer-Policy "no-referrer" always;
add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload" always;
add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff" always;
add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN" always;
add_header X-Robots-Tag "noindex, noarchive, nofollow" always;
add_header X-XSS-Protection "1" always;


proxy_hide_header  Referrer-Policy;
proxy_hide_header  X-Content-Type-Options;
proxy_hide_header  X-Robots-Tag;
proxy_hide_header  X-Xss-Protection;
proxy_set_header   Host             $http_host;
proxy_set_header   Connection       $http_connection;
proxy_set_header   X-Real-IP        $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-For  $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
proxy_set_header   X-Scheme         $scheme;