More powerful code search on Sourcegraph

By Quinn Slack on November 1, 2017

Today, we're releasing more powerful code search on and Sourcegraph Server. You can use operators such as repo: and file: to restrict your search to certain repositories and files (by regular expression match on their name).

For example, repo:foo will restrict your query to repositories whose name contains “foo,” and likewise for file:bar.

Search scopes make it easier to quickly search only among the code you care about, such as all JavaScript files or only non-vendored code. Custom search scopes are only available in Sourcegraph Server right now, but we’ll let you define your own on soon.

Try it out at now.

Use the search fields on the homepage to construct your query the first few times.

As you continue using it, you can express your query more quickly by using the operators (repo: and file:, etc.) in the main search box. Here are some sample queries (across a sample set of open-source projects) to get you started:

Let us know what you think on Twitter (@srcgraph). To get advanced code search for your company’s code, install Sourcegraph Server.

p.s. One other minor improvement: You can now select multiple lines (and share a link to multiple lines) by shift-clicking on a line number to expand the selection when you’re viewing a code file.