Article version: Enterprise Server 2.18
Searching for repositories
You can search for repositories on GitHub Enterprise and narrow the results using these repository search qualifiers in any combination.
You can search for repositories globally across all of GitHub Enterprise, or search for repositories within a particular organization. For more information, see "About searching on GitHub."
To include forks in the search results, you will need to add
fork:only to your query. For more information, see "Searching in forks."
- This article contains example searches on the GitHub.com website, but you can use the same search filters on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance.
- For a list of search syntaxes that you can add to any search qualifier to further improve your results, see "Understanding the search syntax".
- Use quotations around multi-word search terms. For example, if you want to search for issues with the label "In progress," you'd search for
label:"in progress". Search is not case sensitive.
in qualifier you can restrict your search to the repository name, repository description, contents of the README file, or any combination of these. When you omit this qualifier, only the repository name and description are searched.
|jquery in:name matches repositories with "jquery" in their name.|
|jquery in:name,description matches repositories with "jquery" in their name or description.|
|jquery in:readme matches repositories mentioning "jquery" in their README file.|
|repo:octocat/hello-world matches a specific repository name.|
You can find a repository by searching for content in its README file, using the
in:readme, it's not possible to find repositories by searching for specific content within the repository. To search for a specific file or content within a repository, you can use the file finder or code-specific search qualifiers. For more information, see "Finding files on GitHub" and "Searching code."
|octocat in:readme matches repositories mentioning "octocat" in their README file.|
To search in all repositories owned by a certain user or organization, you can use the
|user:defunkt forks:>100 matches repositories from @defunkt that have more than 100 forks.|
|org:github matches repositories from GitHub.|
size qualifier finds repositories that match a certain size (in kilobytes), using greater than, less than, and range qualifiers.
|size:1000 matches repositories that are 1 MB exactly.|
|size:>=30000 matches repositories that are at least 30 MB.|
|size:<50 matches repositories that are smaller than 50 KB.|
|size:50..120 matches repositories that are between 50 KB and 120 KB.|
You can filter repositories based on the number of followers that they have, using the
followers qualifier with greater than, less than, and range qualifiers.
|node followers:>=10000 matches repositories with 10,000 or more followers mentioning the word "node".|
|styleguide linter followers:1..10 matches repositories with between 1 and 10 followers, mentioning the word "styleguide linter."|
forks qualifier specifies the number of forks a repository should have, using greater than, less than, and range qualifiers.
|forks:5 matches repositories with only five forks.|
|forks:>=205 matches repositories with at least 205 forks.|
|forks:<90 matches repositories with fewer than 90 forks.|
|forks:10..20 matches repositories with 10 to 20 forks.|
|stars:500 matches repositories with exactly 500 stars.|
|stars:10..20 matches repositories 10 to 20 stars, that are smaller than 1000 KB.|
|stars:>=500 fork:true language:php matches repositories with the at least 500 stars, including forked ones, that are written in PHP.|
You can filter repositories based on time of creation or time of last update. For repository creation, you can use the
created qualifier; to find out when a repository was last updated, you'll want to use the
pushed qualifier. The
pushed qualifier will return a list of repositories, sorted by the most recent commit made on any branch in the repository.
Both take a date as a parameter. Date formatting must follow the ISO8601 standard, which is
YYYY-MM-DD (year-month-day). You can also add optional time information
THH:MM:SS+00:00 after the date, to search by the hour, minute, and second. That's
T, followed by
HH:MM:SS (hour-minutes-seconds), and a UTC offset (
Dates support greater than, less than, and range qualifiers.
|webos created:<2011-01-01 matches repositories with the word "webos" that were created before 2011.|
|css pushed:>2013-02-01 matches repositories with the word "css" that were pushed to after January 2013.|
|case pushed:>=2013-03-06 fork:only matches repositories with the word "case" that were pushed to on or after March 6th, 2013, and that are forks.|
You can search repositories based on the main language they're written in.
You can find all of the repositories that are classified with a particular topic.
|topic:jekyll matches repositories that have been classified with the topic "jekyll."|
|topics:5 matches repositories that have five topics.|
|topics:>3 matches repositories that have more than three topics.|
|license:apache-2.0 matches repositories that are licensed under Apache License 2.0.|
You can filter your search based on whether a repository is public or private.
|is:public org:github matches repositories owned by GitHub that are public.|
|is:private pages matches private repositories you have access to and that contain the word "pages."|
You can search repositories based on whether or not they're archived.
|archived:true GNOME matches repositories that are archived and contain the word "GNOME."|
|archived:false GNOME matches repositories that are not archived and contain the word "GNOME."|