Here's a list of search qualifiers you can also use for repositories. You can use any qualifier more than once, and can combine them in any order you like. There's also a list of search syntaxes you can add to further narrow your results.

Search In

The in qualifier limits what fields are searched. With this qualifier you can restrict the search to just the repository name, description, README, or any combination of these. Without the qualifier, only the 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


The size qualifier finds repository's that match a certain size (in kilobytes). For example:

Matches repositories that are 1 MB exactly
Matches repositories that are at least 30 MB
Matches repositories that are smaller than 50 KB
Matches repositories that are between 50 KB and 120 KB


There are two ways to find repositories with forks. The first specifies the number of forks a repository should have:

Matches repositories with only five forks
Matches repositories that with at least 205 forks
Matches repositories with less than 90 forks
Matches repositories with 10 to 20 forks

The second way is to specify whether forked repositories should be included in results at all. By default, forked repositories are not shown. You can choose to include forked repositories by adding fork:true to your search. Or, if you only want forked repositories, add fork:only to your search. For example:

github fork:true
Matches all repositories containing the word "github," including forked ones
github fork:only
Matches all repositories that are forked containing the word "github"
Matches all repositories that contain the word "github," that are not forks

You can, of course, combine both options:

forks:>500 fork:only
Matches repositories with more than 500 forks, and only returns those forks

Created and Last Updated

You can filter repositories based on times of creation, or when they were last updated. 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.

Both takes dates as its parameter, which must be in the format of YYYY-MM-DD--that's year, followed by month, followed by day. You can continue to use < to refer to "before a date," and > as after a date. For example:

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 before February 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

Users, organizations, and repositories

To grab a list of a user's or organization's repositories, you can use the user qualifier. For example:

Matches repositories from GitHub
user:mojombo forks:>100
Matches repositories from @mojombo that have more than 100 forks


You can also search repositories based on what language they're written in. For example:

rails language:javascript
Matches repositories with the word "rails" that are written in JavaScript


You can choose to search repositories based on the number of stars, or watchers, a repository has. For example:

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


With any of the qualifiers above, you can also choose to sort on these properties:

  • Number of stars
  • Number of forks
  • Date of last update

These can be in ascending or descending order.