Does Ecosia have group policy templates?

Group policy templates allow you to set Ecosia as the default search engine across a network of computers. This is the simplest way your organization can help us plant a lot of trees. If you're planning a campaign about your company, organization or university switching to Ecosia, send an email to partnerships@ecosia.org and we can help you track your tree count.

We have guides for:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Edge

Chrome

Group Policy templates allow you to control Chrome’s browser settings. This guide explains how to set Ecosia as the default search engine in Chrome across multiple machines. 


Get a GPO

If you already use GPOs to control Chrome’s settings please refer to Step 4 and update your existing settings.

If you do not yet use GPOs you can download the Ecosia group policy template for Chrome here

Alternatively you can download Chrome’s ADMX files from here


How to set it up

1
Copy the admx and adml files to your central store:
Local: %systemroot%\policyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\policyDefinitions)

Domain: %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions)
	

For more information about creating a central store for your GPOs please refer here

2

Open the Group Policy administration tool. You can start the group policy editor by typing  "gpedit.msc" into the Windows command bar. 

Navigate to the group policy rule that controls your chrome settings, right click and click on “edit”

3

Depending on the target of your policy  LOCAL_MACHINE or CURRENT_USER, expand either Computer Configuration or User Configuration. 

If you are using the Ecosia ADMX file, navigate to → Administrative Templates → Ecosia → Google Chrome → Default search provider. 

If you are using Chrome’s ADMX file, navigate to → Administrative Templates → Google Chrome → Default search provider.

The  “Default search provider” folder has all the required settings that need to be changed.

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4

If you are using the Ecosia ADMX, the options already have the correct values to set. However,  “Enable the default search provider” has to be enabled for any of the other options to take effect.

If you are using Chrome’s ADMX file, a few settings here need to be defined (in no particular order):

Setting Task
“Enable the default search provider” Set this to Enabled
“Default search provider icon” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value: 
https://ecosia.org/favicon.ico
“Default search provider keyword” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value:
ecosia.org
“Default search provider name” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value:
Ecosia
“Default search provider new tab page url” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value: 
https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=chromegpo
“Default search provider search url” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value: 
https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=chromegpo
5

Ensure that you have the GPO rule linked to your domain and that you have specified the user groups/OU’s that this rule applies to.

In order for the GPO rules to take immediate effect, you may need to open a CMD window and type  “gpupdate /force” to apply the settings on the end users devices. Otherwise the new GPO settings will apply after a reboot.

DISCLAIMER

The ADMX files provided by Google have limited flexibility. You have the option of switching on/off the default search provider and you can only provide one search engine as the default. It is not possible to offer multiple search engines options using Google’s ADMX file.

Firefox

Group Policy templates allow you to control Firefox's browser settings. This guide explains how to set Ecosia as the default search engine in Firefox across multiple machines.

In order to configure Firefox GPO settings, workstations and devices need to have the Firefox ESR Enterprise version installed and not the normal Firefox ( https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/enterprise/). 

1
Ensure you have downloaded the latest Firefox ADMX/ADML files.   

Copy the admx and adml files to your central store:

Local: %systemroot%\policyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\policyDefinitions) 
Domain: %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions)
	

For more information about creating a central store for your GPOs please refer here.

2

Login to your domain controller and open the Group Policy administration tool. You can start the group policy editor by typing  "gpedit.msc" into the Windows command bar. 

Navigate to the group policy rule that controls your Firefox settings, right click and click on “edit”

3

Depending on the target of your policy LOCAL_MACHINE or CURRENT_USER, expand either Computer Configuration or User Configuration. In this example, we are applying a GPO rule under “User Configuration”. Navigate to the “Search” folder which has all the required settings that need to be changed.

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4

A few settings here need to be defined:

“Default Search Engine” - Set this option to Enabled and enter the following value – ecosia.org
“Search Engine One” - Set this option to Enabled and enter the following values:
Name ecosia.org
URL Template https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=firefoxgpo
Method GET
Icon URL https://ecosia.org/favicon.ico
Description Ecosia search engine

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5

Ensure that you have the GPO rule linked to your domain and that you have specified the user groups/OU’s that this rule applies to.

In order for the GPO rules to take immediate effect, you may need to open a CMD window and type  “gpupdate /force” to apply the settings on the end users devices. Otherwise the new GPO settings will apply after a reboot. 

DISCLAIMER

The Firefox GPO settings provide various configuration options. It is the responsibility of the System Admin or organization to decide how to further configure the GPO rules. This guide assumes that Ecosia will be the only default search engine without the ability to change it.

Edge

Group Policy templates allow you to control Edge Chromium’s browser settings. This guide is for IT admin to set Ecosia as the default search engine across multiple machines. 

If you already use GPOs to control Edge Chromium’s settings please refer to  Step 4 and update your existing settings.

Alternatively you can download Microsoft’s ADMX files from here

1

Copy the admx and adml files to your central store:

    Local: %systemroot%\policyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\policyDefinitions) </li>
    Domain: %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions)
    		

    For more information about creating a central store for your GPOs please refer here.

2

Open the Group Policy administration tool. You can start the group policy editor by typing gpedit.msc into the Windows command bar. 

Navigate to the group policy rule that controls Edge Chromium’s settings, right click and click on “edit”

3

Depending on the target of your policy LOCAL_MACHINE or CURRENT_USER, expand either the Computer Configuration or User Configuration file browser.

Navigate to - Administrative Templates → Microsoft Edge → Default search provider.

The “Default search provider” folder has all the required settings that need to be changed.

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4

A few settings here need to be defined (in no particular order)

“Enable the default search provider” Set this to Enabled
“Default search provider name” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value – Ecosia
“Default search provider keyword” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value – ecosia.org
“Default search provider search url” Set this to Enabled and enter the following value: https://www.ecosia.org/search?q={searchTerms}&addon=edgegpo
5

Once this has been completed, ensure that you have the GPO rule linked to your domain and that you have specified the user groups/OU’s that this rule applies to.

In order for the GPO rules to take immediate effect, you would need to open a CMD window and type “gpupdate/force” to apply the settings on the end users devices. Otherwise the new GPO settings will apply after a reboot. 

DISCLAIMER

Edge Chromium also has a GPO rule called “ Mange Search Engines”. This GPO rule can be used to configure a list of up to 10 search engines for the end user to choose from. 

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