Ghacks was created in 2005 as a development blog for a software called Google Hacks. Trademark issues made the founder of the site pick ghacks as the domain name. The software was soon thereafter discontinued and Ghacks turned from a development type blog to a software and online news oriented blog.
In April 5, 2008, Grand Effect blog advertising network, co-founded by Sarah Perez and David Peralty, included eXtra for Every Publisher, gHacks, ParisLemon, SheGeeks, Sarah in Tampa, and The Last Podcast!.
From 2008 to 2011, the site held an annual Christmas Giveaway, with commercial software given away to readers.
The website received more than 400,000 visitors per day as of January 2017, and as of June 2019 has an Alexa traffic rank of 9,537 worldwide and 4,269 in the United States.
Ghacks Technology News has received recommendations by DL.TV, Diggnation and KNLS Radio's "Eye on the Web with Mary Westheimer".
Technorati listed Ghacks as a top 100 blog in both the general technology and info technology category; in September 2013, it occupied position 21 in the Info technology category and 68 in the overall technology category on Technorati.