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Search: Advanced syntax

Linkurious uses Elasticsearch. You can thus use the Elasticsearch syntax detailed in the Elastic query_string documentation.

Simply type the following commands in the Linkurious search bar.

Field name

Where the "status" field contains "active": status:active

Where the "title" field contains "quick" or "brown" (If you omit the OR operator the default operator will be used): title:(quick OR brown), title:(quick brown)

Where the "author" field contains the exact phrase "john smith": author:"John Smith"

Where any of the fields "book.title", "book.content" or "" contains "quick" or "brown" (note how we need to escape the * with a backslash): book.\*:(quick brown)

Where the field "title" has no value (or is missing): _missing_:title

Where the field "title" has any non-null value: _exists_:title


Ranges can be specified for date, numeric or string fields. Inclusive ranges are specified with square brackets [min TO max] and exclusive ranges with curly brackets {min TO max}.

Where the "date" fields has a values in 2012: date:[2012-01-01 TO 2012-12-31]

Where the "count" field in a number between 1 and 5: count:[1 TO 5]

Where the "count" field in greater than 10: count:[10 TO *]

Where the "date" field has a value before 2012: date:{* TO 2012-01-01}

Where the "count" field has a value from 1 up to but not including 5: count:[1..5}

Ranges with one side unbounded can use the following syntax:

  • age:>10
  • age:>=10
  • age:<10
  • age:<=10

Boolean operators

By default, all terms are optional, as long as one term matches. A search for foo bar baz will find any document that contains one or more of foo or bar or baz. We have already discussed the default_operator above which allows you to force all terms to be required, but there are also boolean operators which can be used in the query string itself to provide more control.

The preferred operators are + (this term must be present) and - (this term must not be present). All other terms are optional. For example, the query quick brown +fox -news states that:

  • "fox" must be present
  • "news" must not be present
  • "quick" and "brown" are optional — their presence increases the relevance.


Use the boost operator ^ to make one term more relevant than another. For instance, if we want to find all documents about foxes, but we are especially interested in quick foxes: quick^2 fox

The default boost value is 1, but can be any positive floating point number. Boosts between 0 and 1 reduce relevance.

Boosts can also be applied to phrases or to groups: "john smith"^2 (foo bar)^4


Multiple terms or clauses can be grouped together with parentheses, to form sub-queries: (quick OR brown) AND fox

Groups can be used to target a particular field, or to boost the result of a sub-query: status:(active OR pending) title:(full text search)^2