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You can search for elements anywhere you see this bar:

Search Bar

Supported syntaxes

Craft supports the following search syntax:

Searching for…will find elements…
saltycontaining “salty”.
salty dogcontaining both “salty” and “dog”.
salty OR dogcontaining either “salty” or “dog” (or both).
salty -dogcontaining “salty” but not “dog”.
"salty dog"containing the exact phrase “salty dog”.
*tycontaining a word that ends with “ty”.
*alt*containing a word that contains “alt”.
body:saltywhere the body field contains “salty”.
body:salty body:dogwhere the body field contains both “salty” and “dog”.
body:salty OR body:dogwhere the body field contains either “salty” or “dog”.
body:salty -body:dogwhere the body field contains “salty” but not “dog”.
body:"salty dog"where the body field contains the exact phrase “salty dog”.
body:*tywhere the body field contains a word that ends with “ty”.
body:*alt*where the body field contains a word that contains “alt”.
body::saltywhere the body field is set to “salty” and nothing more.
body::"salty dog"where the body field is set to “salty dog” and nothing more.
body::salty*where the body field begins with “salty”.
body::*dogwhere the body field ends with “dog”.
body:*where the body field contains any value.
-body:*where the body field is empty.

Searching for specific element attributes

Assets, categories, entries, users, and tags each support their own set of additional attributes to search against:

  • Assets

    • filename
    • extension
    • kind
  • Categories

    • title
    • slug
  • Entries

    • title
    • slug
  • Users

    • username
    • firstName
    • lastName
    • fullName (firstName + lastName)
    • email
  • Tags

    • title

Templating

craft.assets(), craft.entries(), craft.tags(), and craft.users() support a search parameter that you can use to filter their elements by a given search query.

{# Get the user's search query from the 'q' query-string param #}
{% set searchQuery = craft.request.getParam('q') %}

{# Fetch entries that match the search query #}
{% set results = craft.entries()
    .search(searchQuery)
    .all() %}

Ordering results by score

You can also set the orderBy parameter to 'score' if you want results ordered by best-match to worst-match:

{% set results = craft.entries(){
    .search(searchQuery)
    .orderBy('score')
    .all() %}

When you do this, each of the elements returned will have a searchScore attribute set, which reveals what their search score was.

See our Search Form tutorial for a complete example of listing dynamic search results.

Rebuilding your Search Indexes

Craft does its best to keep its search indexes as up-to-date as possible, but there are a couple things that might render portions of them inaccurate. If you suspect that your search indexes don’t have the latest and greatest data, you can have Craft rebuild them with the Rebuild Search Indexes tool in Settings.