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Basic issue search

In most cases you can find the issues that you want to work with very easily by using the issue list headers or by entering a few simple keywords into the main search field.

Whenever you visit the "Issues" tab in your project, you are presented with a table of all open issues. If you see too many results, you can quickly filter your results by clicking on the table headers and choosing a specific value from the "Show only:" submenu.

The main search field consists of two parts:

In the text field, you may enter simple search terms, or add any of the search operators described below.

You can also use the search text field to jump directly to any issue by entering its issue number. If you wish to search for issues that contain a number, rather than jumping to that issue, enclose the number in quotation marks.

Behind the scenes, the search scope is simply an additional set of search terms that is automatically combined with the user's search terms to make a complete query.

Advanced issue search

The Advanced Search page helps you compose a complex query. The advanced search form breaks the search down into several popular criteria and allows you to specify each one easily. The search criteria boil down to the same thing as the search operators described below, but you don't need to remember the operator names.

Search operators

Just like the Google web search that everyone knows and loves, you can search for issues by simply entering a few words. However, you may get a few more results than you expected. When you need to search more precisely, you can use search operators for more power.

Searching in specific fields

Normal search terms will match words found in any field of an issue. You can narrow the search to a specific field by using the name of the field. The built-in field operators are summary:, description:, comment:, status:, reporter:, owner:, cc:, commentby:, and label:. You can limit your search to just open issues by using is:open, or to just closed issues by using -is:open.

For example, here's how to search for issues with the word calculation in the summary field.

When searching for issues owned by a specific user, you can use his or her username. When referring to yourself, you can also use the special term me. For example, this restricts the search to issues that are owned by you.

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Rather than have a large number of predefined fields, our issue tracker stores many issue details as labels.

For example, if you labeled security-related issues with the label Security, here's how to search for them.

In addition to simple one-word labels, you can use two part labels that specify an attribute and a value, like Priority-High, Priority-Medium, and Priority-Low. You can search for these with the label: operator, or you can use the first part of the label name like an operator.

For example, if you labeled high priority issues with Priority-High, here's one way to search for them.

And, here is a more compact way to do the same search.

You can search for issues that are blocked or blocking by using blockedon:NNN or blocking:NNN. You can also search for issues that are blocked on anything with is:blocked.

Empty (or non-empty) field search

For each built-in field operator, you can use the 'has' operator to search for issues with empty or non-empty fields.

For example, here's how to search for issues whose owner field is non-empty, assigned to someone.

Or, you can use '-has' operator for negation, to search for issues with empty fields.

For example, here's how to search for issues whose owner field is empty because no one is assigned to it.

"OR" search

Normally, each added search term narrows your search. If you would like to find issues that include either of two terms, add an uppercase "OR" between them.

For example, here's how to search for issues that are labeled with either Priority-High or Priority-Medium.

A shorter way to search for two values for one field, or two labels with the same prefix, is to use commas.

Exact value search

You can search for issues that exactly match the given term by using the search operator '='.

For example, searching for 'Milestone=2009' only matches issues with the label 'Milestone-2009', while searching for 'Milestone:2009' matches issues with the labels 'Milestone-2009', 'Milestone-2009-Q1', 'Milestone-2009-Q3', etc.

Star search

Any logged in user can mark any issue with a star. The star indicates interest in the issue.

For example, to quickly see all the issues in this project that you have starred, you could use the following:

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And, to see the issues that at least three users have starred, use the following:

Jump to issue and numeric search

You can jump directly to a specific issue by entering its ID in the search field.

For example, to jump to issue 1, just search for 1. If there is no existing issue with that ID, the system will search for issues that contain that number anywhere in the issue.

If you just want to search for issues that contain the number 1, without jumping to issue 1, enclose the number in quotation marks.

Attachment search

Users can attach files to any issues, either when issues are created or as part of issue comments.

To quickly see all the issues that have attachments, use the following:

Or, you can search for a specific filename of the attachment.

You can also search for the file extension of the attachment.

Date range search

You can perform searches based on date ranges.

This search syntax is divided into two parts, the action and the date, [action]:[date]

Supported actions are: 'opened-after', 'opened-before', 'modified-after', 'modified-before', 'closed-after', and 'closed-before'. And the date must to be specified as 'YYYY/MM/DD' or 'today-N'.

For example, if you want to search for issues opened after 2009/4/1, you could do the following:

Or, if you want to search for issues modified 20 days before today's date, you could do the following:

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