I've noticed the feeling lucky url (with btnI query parameter) is now resulting in a redirect notice page. What's the deal?

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  • @Drazen Bjelovuk When I go to google.com, enter Tony Packo's and click on I'm Feeling Lucky, I get to where I should: tonypacko.com Please clar your cache and cookies and retry. – K7AAY Oct 25 '19 at 23:56
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    This is about constructing the redirect url outside of that context (e.g. a custom search engine string). – Drazen Bjelovuk Oct 26 '19 at 0:18
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    No solution but there's a thread about this support.google.com/websearch/thread/15794018?hl=en – Sanghyun Lee Dec 3 '19 at 11:27
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    @SanghyunLee gave forum link about issue & someone mentioned maybe google broke this on purpose as it subverts their ad's which is their money so I'm guessing they won't fix it. Duckduckgo has similar functionality I guess: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=!ducky+ham per this blog post: travishorn.com/… – gregg Jan 2 '20 at 16:09
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    I think probably people were using google.com redirects to add some credibility to malicious links. — Anyway, this userscript solves it for me: greasyfork.org/en/scripts/…. Duckduckgo is an other alternative. – Blaise Feb 26 at 16:49

Looks like they've introduced a csrf-like mechanism in the form of a query parameter (iflsig). I've tried copying the one generated from a traditional "Feeling Lucky" request into my search url:


Which does work temporarily, but this token is ephemeral and invalidates after a few minutes, so it's not a real solution.

Not sure if anyone from Google has commented on this, but I'll circle back if I hear of any developments.

Update: My workaround is to just use DuckDuckGo instead.

E.g. for first result from Wikipedia:


%5C (url-encoded backslash) is the redirect identifier here.

  • on DuckDuckGo, you can use the bang !ducky to forward to the first result – Adeerlike Sep 17 '20 at 11:44
  • I tried using the duckduckgo url, but found it only worked if I unescaped the %5C to \ and 3A to : when using it in the search address bar – dx_over_dt Feb 13 at 20:59

Using this search string works for me:


Where %s is the placeholder for the actual search term. Not sure what the meaning of sourceid and gfns is though.

Taken from here: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/2y3vvt/im_feeling_lucky_or_auto_redirecting_in_url/cpkbbaw?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3


As a simple solution, press Tab then Enter when you see the redirect notice.

  • Tab will select the link Google's feeling lucky would normally redirect to
  • Enter will navigate you to the link you just selected using Tab.

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Use this Userscript: https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/390770-workaround-for-google-i-m-feeling-lucky-redirect/code

Workaround for Google I'm Feeling Lucky Redirect

Immediately redirects when google prompts 'redirection notice'. Used to circumvent google pestering you when querying with I'm Feeling Lucky feature.

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