Use our powerful search tools to find what you're looking for among the many repositories, users, and lines of code on GitHub.

You can search globally across all of GitHub, or scope your search to a particular repository or organization.

  • To search globally across all of GitHub, type what you're looking for into the search field at the top of your personal dashboard page, or into the search fields on the search page or advanced search page. For more information, see "About your personal dashboard" and "Advanced search."
  • To search within a particular repository or organization, navigate to the repository or organization page and type what you're looking for into the search field at the top of the page.

You can search the following types of information across all public GitHub repositories, and all private GitHub repositories you have access to:

Notes:

  • You must be signed in to search for code across all public repositories.
  • GitHub Pages sites are not searchable on GitHub. However you can search the source content if it exists in the default branch of a repository, using code search. For more information, see "Searching code." For more information about GitHub Pages, see "What is GitHub Pages?"

After running a search on GitHub, you can sort the results, or further refine them by clicking one of the languages in the sidebar. For more information, see "Sorting search results."

Under the hood, we use an ElasticSearch cluster to index projects every time a change is pushed to GitHub. Issues and pull requests are indexed when they are created or modified.

Advanced search

The advanced search page provides a visual interface for constructing search queries. You can filter your searches by a variety of factors, such as the number of stars or number of forks a repository has. As you fill in the advanced search fields, your query will automatically be constructed in the top search bar.

Advanced Search

Searching across your GitHub Enterprise instance and GitHub.com simultaneously

If you have GitHub Enterprise and a GitHub.com organization on the GitHub Business Cloud plan, your GitHub Enterprise administrator can enable unified search so that you can search across both environments at the same time. For more information, see "Enabling unified search between GitHub Enterprise and GitHub.com."

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