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Google X Pulled, Archived & Mirrored

Posted in Google by Elliott Back on March 16th, 2005.

Since Google just pulled their new Google X product and the forums are ablaze, I’m posting a screenshot at full resolution, as well as the archived mirror of the code and a live frontpage demo:

Google X (AJAX) Homepage

A zip archive of the Google X homepage can be found here (~90kb). Here is the announcement from their blog, in case it goes down too:

Today is an amazing day: A small idea – a fun late-night coding jaunt to help me learn Javascript & DHTML – has just launched on Google Labs. I never expected it to make it as far as it has when I wrote it a month ago, especially since my “real” job is working on Keyhole, where I’m having the time of my life taking our cool 3D mapping application and putting the power of Google behind it. It’s fulfilling to have the opportunity to reach the audience we always dreamed of when we started Keyhole five years ago, and that by itself is absolute coolness.

And now there’s Google X, which came about because I wanted a quick fun way to access all of Google’s services. I gave it to a few friends in the company, who gave it to their friends, some posted it on their blogs, others sent it around on mailing lists, and it eventually made its way to Marissa Mayer, who liked it enough to say, when do you want to put it up on Labs? So after some spit and polish from some enthusiastic Googlers and the keen eye of the UI team, Google X is here. I hope all of you enjoy it – especially Mac users, who I’m sure will appreciate its lineage.

Chikai Ohazama
Software Engineer

Posted @ 4:40 PM / Permanent Link

Just to let people know, I’m sending a bunch of trackback to optimistic and excited Google X blogs posts, for notification and to point them to this archive.

Update #1:

The mainstream media have picked up the story:

Update #2:

Here’s a live version of Google X displayed like the day it was pulled. The effect is pretty cool–I am not sure why anyone would want to take it down.

Update #3:

The Google Media Hotline (+1.650.930.3555) didn’t answer the telephone, so I left them a message. You can find the Google media contacts posted on their website. They just got back to me: “Thank you for your interest in Google, but unfortunately, we’re not providing comment.”

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87 Responses to “Google X Pulled, Archived & Mirrored”

  1. frank says:

    thanks for archiving i was looking for it desperate

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  3. dupes says:

    Thanks for archiving. I desparately want to know why it was pulled.

  4. Jonee says:

    OMG! I search for all internet for this! You are a genius!!

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  6. Thanks for archiving. I desparately want to know why it was pulled

  7. Emrah says:

    Very nice. thnx

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  9. Mukti Barker says:

    Wow…really great article.

    and really huge thankz to share this good information.

  10. wayne says:

    nico to see zhe article!!
    I’m a Chinese student,my dream is access to google company

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  12. SyLaR says:

    First: my english is very poor because I´m from Argentina.

    I like very much for Google browser and I’m use like Google!

    Can you create a Spanish version?

    That version will have very Success becuase its design is very well and many people will use it.

    Tahnk you very much…

    Any news please contact me o publish in your blog ( I read your blog in my Google reader)

  13. So where is the demo I mean?

  14. youtubes says:

    thank u for giving this good information

  15. youtubes says:

    […] Cool google page with crazy rollovers elliottback.com/wp/wp-content/google-x/googlex.htm Original Cool imageresizing Agile Partners weblog » iPhoto-like image resizing using Javascript […]

  16. […] For folks, who did not see the GoogleX page, it is mirrored here, here or here. Elliott Back has gone a step further – he has posted a screenshot and zip archive (~90kb)of the Google X homepage. At the time of writing this post, GoogleX homepage was in the Google’s Cache but without any images. This is G o o g l e’s cache of labs.google.com/googlex/ as retrieved on 16 Mar 2005 03:24:12 GMT. […]

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  19. silvio says:

    where I can download the source codes ?

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  21. jest staffel says:

    there is also a large and comprehensive database of 500+ ajax scripts available with over at ajaxflakes’s ajax scripts compound

    thought i should add it might be helpful to others…

  22. evsion says:

    Is the code still available?

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  25. I’ve seen this site

  26. afiq says:

    arrgh!what a great effect!
    owh damn cool! Like a mac!!

  27. ajaxcss.com says:

    Google X effect script…

    Since Google just pulled their new Google X product and the forums are ablaze, I’m posting a screenshot at full resolution, as well as the archived mirror of the code and a live frontpage demo…

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  29. Kanki Süper Bişey bu yaw. Sen yaptın galiba :) (Turkish)

    Good project (English)


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  32. Dreyer Media says:

    Really cool! Any news on wether this is legal to install on their site?

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  36. Pier... says:

    I’ve seen this site. If you want, you can try my personal Dock version.


    Thank You…

  37. Cooleon says:

    Hello, can you guys please try my modified version of GoogleX and tell me what you think of it?

  38. houda says:

    bonjour , je suis egybtiene je taim beaucoup google

  39. mjb says:

    Any idea how Yahoo does it? The image does not push anything else on the page.

    mouseover the map image on the left

  40. ZoomMenu (GoogleX knockoff)

    A few months ago someone at google created something called GoogleX (the original was taken down: mirror…

  41. Drew says:

    I lose the text input box on google with the greasemonkey script? The toolbar is there now, but no place to input search terms?

  42. bobo says:


    Now you can have the googleX toolbar on the real google webpages thanks to greasemonkey. Take a look at the script that allows that at bobo12.ifrance.com

  43. Bill Norton says:

    Pretty neat – not sure if this truly is a vision into the great Google OS in the Sky. I would take the notes at face value that this was an experiment, and playful attempt to mimic the MAC OS X interface. I do see a future Google OS, one with Google Office bundled in and an optional subscription fee version with continously updated templates, engines, features, etc. I just don’t see the googleX code as a strategic or mistaken release of a google os future vision.

    I was curious how others have gone through trying to reverse engineer the code as I have…and if they have posted their reasonable variable and function name versions somewhere. It would be interesting to see if they came up with the same variable and function names as I did and there are still a couple math routines I don’t quite get yet.

  44. Josh says:

    I have a mirror of GoogleX on my site as well, GoogleX. :)

    It has been up since like the day Google took it down.


  45. Roger Feecal says:

    This is great – Googlisms are the googlistic epitomies of fun

  46. Maneesh Pangasa says:

    For more info on Object Dock for Windows (which is freeware) please visit: www.objectdock.com. Object Dock Plus which adds even more features is $29.95.

  47. Maneesh Pangasa says:

    Re: Phil Says

    If you don’t like using the Dock that much or need a better application launcher reclaim customization of the Apple Menu that’s the menu with the ? MENU at the top of the desktop by purchasing a cheap and efficient customization tool like Unsanity.com‘s Fruit Menu = $10 which you can use to customize Mac OS X contextual menus too.

    If you absolutely do not like the Dock and want it to dissappear and just use the ? MENU what you can then do is select the feature Automatically Hide The Dock (in Dock Menu options via the ? MENU or System Preferences + Dock Preferences) which will make it dissappear and automatically reappear when you move your mouse to the bottom of the desktop.

    For more on Fruit menu you can visit:

  48. Maneesh Pangasa says:

    Frankly, I love the Mac OS X Dock (and liked the ObjectDock for Windows before I switched from PC to Mac) and thought Google X was really cool.

    I am trying to start a petition at Petition Online.com see the following site if interested:


    I have also made a Google Group at: groups-beta.google.com/group/Google-X-Pulled-Why

    Hopefully, an awareness can be made to Google that this was a good service and they should re-continue it.

  49. ceejayoz says:

    As a very recent switcher, I’ve gotta disagree with the “usability disaster” assessment.

    I certainly find it more useful than Windows’s Start Menu, especially when coupled with the wonderful app QuickSilver. I use the Dock for my most common apps – FTP, text editor, Terminal, Firefox, etc. – and QuickSilver to launch the rest with a quick Control+Space.

  50. Phil says:

    It baffles me why anyone would imitate the biggest usability disaster in the history of Mac OS. The Dock (and I am an OSX user, before anyone slaughters me) is patently inefficient as a primary launcher… I have more apps than would fit into it before going microscopic, so I dropped them all into a Menu folder, shoved it in the right of the dock, and use that for launching everything.

  51. ceejayoz says:

    John – much better! :-)

  52. Elliott Bck says:

    Seems like people are having fun producing some interesting derivatives! I might use this “effect” in my new blog design–whenever I get around to upgrading, that is.

  53. John says:

    Hello ceejayoz,

    I did realize where the site was jumping. I was using Opera and it was fine. I have updated the code with Jay’s script.

  54. Jay says:

    I’ve created a useful version with Google Suggest, GMail notifier, most searches in Google X mode (like John Fogleman’s but with DHTML), true OS X dock animation, GMail button and login, Google X Logo, Background.
    The source code is downloadable.


  55. John says:

    I am not sure what you mean when you say “jump around”. I just created a different version with my interpretation of what I would like to see.

    I added the Gmail link along with each individual page having the Google X dock at the top. Compare my rendition to the original at elliottback.com/wp/wp-content/google-x/googlex.htm. When you clink on an object, it takes you to the Google page (which does not intergret with Google X).

    Let me know any other thoughts!

  56. ceejayoz says:

    John, that makes the other stuff on the page jump around, unlike Google’s original version… and I’m not really sure what you’ve added other than a Gmail link. Correct me if I’m wrong?

  57. Elliott Bck says:

    @Julian, nice work! The effect looks pretty nice, and you have some good explanation there. For those who hate jscript (like myself), this will be quite useful.

    @Evilpig, both of the URLs there seem to be down…

    Oddly enough, people in France are getting letters from Google. See forums.searchenginewatch.com/showthread.php?p=40351#post40351 for more information!

  58. Evilpig says:

    I also added 6 or 7 languages : google-labs.tk

  59. amit agarwal says:

    Julian, I liked your implementation – easy to understand code.

    I might add it here labnol.blogspot.com/2005/03/google-plays-hide-n-seek.html

  60. Evilpig says:

    I made a french version of Google X…


  61. If you’re interested, I did my own implementation of the grow/shrink mouseover effects:


    As the others said, thanks for posting the archived code.

  62. david says:

    yea.. thankz a bunch for caching it up for us.
    hope google isnt sued or threatened for GoogleX..!!

  63. Adam says:

    Has anyone un-obsfucated this code yet? I’m working on it, and it’s a bear as I’m not a javascript guy, but I love the effect, so I’m trying. If anyone gets this reconstituted into legible code, post a link! :)

  64. Google X
    Google has a new toy up at the labs – Google X.

    Mac OS X style navigation on top of a search input field.

    Update: Google has pulled this down. (03/17/2005) Elliot has an archive of the site….

  65. Thanks for the archive Elliott – I found your link through my comments. I had a chance to check out Google X on their live site before it was pulled.

    Fun interface, but I’d rather use their text tabs. Guess I need more Mac exposure.

  66. dotDrivel says:

    If You Missed Google X…
    If you missed Google X before it went defunct…

  67. Elliott Back says:

    I’m curious too as to why they pulled it: I imagine it can *only* have something to do with Apple.

  68. ronn says:

    Thanks for archiving. I desparately want to know why it was pulled.

  69. Many thanks for that – the DHTML will be especially interesting to play around with. :)

  70. Neil T. says:

    Again, thanks for archiving :) . Would be interesting to find out why it was pulled.

  71. amit agarwal says:

    Hey man – thanks for the archive.

    So much needed

  72. ceejayoz says:

    Thanks, I was hoping someone’d have it archived – very nifty, I wanted to see how they did it. Again, much appreciated!

  73. Milly says:

    Thank you, it’s cool to see what the homage looked like.

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