Frequently Asked Questions


Is Wolfram|Alpha a search engine?

No. It's a computational knowledge engine: it generates output by doing computations from its own internal knowledge base, instead of searching the web and returning links.

Is Wolfram|Alpha free to use?

Yes, it's free for personal noncommercial use as described in its Terms of Use. Access to enhanced features and ad-free site use is available through a subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Who is Wolfram|Alpha for?

Everyone! Its goal is to bring expert-level knowledge to everybody.

Where can I see a demo of Wolfram|Alpha?

Watch Stephen Wolfram's screencast, browse the Examples, or take a tour of Wolfram|Alpha.

How can I find the latest information about WolframAlpha?

Follow us on both Twitter and Facebook, or check out the WolframAlpha Blog for the latest developments.

How often is Wolfram|Alpha updated?

Wolfram|Alpha's data is continually being updated, often in real time. Its code base is always being developed, and new versions are rolled out frequently.

When will Wolfram|Alpha be finished?

Never. There'll always be knowledge to be added and updated, and new capabilities to be introduced. The Wolfram Mathematica system (on which Wolfram|Alpha is built) has been in continual development since 1988.

Can I make a suggestion about Wolfram|Alpha?

Absolutely! We welcome your suggestions. Just use the feedback form on every result page, or click the contact link in the footer of any other page.

Can I trust results from Wolfram|Alpha?

We certainly hope so. We spend considerable effort on automated testing, expert review, and checking external data that we use. If you ever see a problem, please report it.

What are Wolfram|Alpha's terms of use?

They are described on the Terms of Use page.

Can I assume that my inputs to Wolfram|Alpha are private?

Yes. See the Wolfram|Alpha Privacy Policy for more details.

Can I contribute to Wolfram|Alpha's knowledge base?

Yes! Check out the Participate page. Wolfram|Alpha is fully curated, so all contributions go through our data auditing and review process.

How can I get involved with Wolfram|Alpha?

Check out the Participate page as well as the WolframAlpha Community Forum.

How should the name Wolfram|Alpha be written?

In a two-color rendering, just give each of the two words different colors, with no space in between. In a one-color rendering, separate the words with a vertical bar ( | ).

What are the parts of Wolfram|Alpha's output called?

Each labeled section is called a pod. Pods can have subpods. Clickable elements like "More" are called buttons. Disambiguation questions at the top are called assumptions.