Code search and navigation

Code search helps you grok code so you can write better code more quickly. Sourcegraph's code search is used by elite software teams.

The best developers and teams use code search

[It's] essential to be able to easily search [the] whole source … huge productivity boost: easy to find uses, defs, examples, etc.
Things...that clearly would have helped every software company I've ever worked at: … instant code search over the entire codebase
Software engineering is more about reading code than writing it, and part of this process is finding the code that you should read.
tbgs [Facebook's code search tool] is the StackOverflow for Facebook engineers
A substantial amount of my day is spent inside of Google's internal code search tool.
Sourcegraph [code search] … has made me insanely more productive and efficient at writing code here. I’m able to understand and deeply dive through all of our microservices and get my work done really fast.
Lyft engineering manager
[Sourcegraph] improves my productivity and ability to write clean code by 2-3x.
Uber senior engineer
Want more data on the value of code search?

98% of Google developers say their Sourcegraph-like internal code search tool is "critical", according to an internal code search research study from Google and a Google developer survey. Contact us for more data and an code search ROI calculator.


How does code search help?

Google's internal code search research study (Table 1) answers how Google developers use code search (5-10 times daily). Sourcegraph code search users report similar use cases and frequency.

Find example code
API consumer needs helpI want to know how a function should be called
Discover correct library for taskBest way to convert output stream into a string of limited length
Example to build off ofJust want to copy-and-paste some code I'm changing
How to do somethingHow to write a hash function
Explore or read code
Check implementation detailsWhat does a particular script do?
BrowsingRe-familiarizing myself with some code referenced in a code review
Check best practicesWhere are friend classes usually declared?
Name completionI'm looking for an enum member that begins with a particular prefix
Find specific locations
Trace through call graphWhere is this class instantiated?
SharingI'm trying to create a link to a known piece of code, to give to someone else
Locations in sourceWhere are all the environment configurations declared?
Determine impact
Why is something failing?Wondering why my change didn't fix a problem in production and am reading the code to diagnose
Understanding dependenciesLooking for dependencies of a build file
Side effects of a proposed changeAm I about to blow up production with my change?
Find specific locations
Trace code historyWho last touched this code?
ResponsibilityWho is allowed to approve changes to this file?

Sourcegraph code search and navigation

Convinced of the value of code search? Now see why Sourcegraph is the code search tool used by elite software teams.

Powerful, easy search

Just type your query into Sourcegraph, and it'll find matches. It supports regular expressions, punctuation, exact matches, and much more. Use the visual query builder to narrow down your search and get familiar withsearch syntax for next time.

Super-optimized for speed

Find what you're looking for in a few hundred milliseconds, even across 10,000s of repositories or in a massive 40 GB monorepo. We're maniacal about making Sourcegraph fast. You can also quickly refine your search using suggested filters, to narrow down results by repository, language, directory, orcustom scopes.

Explore definitions & references, even across projects

Find the definition or callers of functions and anything else in code, even across package, dependency, and repository boundaries. Even if your IDE can do this, Sourcegraph lets you explore code intelligently in your web browser in any repository on any branch, instantly and without losing your local context. Works for 24 programming languages.

Search in diffs to find what changed or broke

Look through diffs and commit messages to see recent changes related to a specific function or error message. DevOps teams and SREs find this especially useful when responding to incidents, to find out what code changes might be responsible and who to loop in.

All branches & commits, always up-to-date

Other code search tools limit you to searching a single branch and often have stale results from hours ago. With Sourcegraph's hybrid search (combining indexed and on-the-fly), you can search any branch and any commit. The code is always up-to-date, and you never need to wait for indexing.

Open-source, self-managed, & privacy-respectful

Sourcegraph is self-hosted, so your code never leaves your network. And it's open-source (Apache 2.0), so you can verify this. (If you prefer not to self-manage your instance, we offer cloud-managed deployment, too.)


Integrates with your existing tools and workflow

Code hosts
Browser & editor integrations
Programming languages
All programming languages are supported. 24 programming languages have additional code intelligence support.

Use Sourcegraph to find answers in code, faster!

Demo: Sourcegraph code navigation

Elite companies trust Sourcegraph code search

Every developer at Uber uses Sourcegraph
Every developer at Lyft uses Sourcegraph
Every developer at Convoy uses Sourcegraph
Every developer at Yelp uses Sourcegraph
Every developer uses Sourcegraph
Every developer at Quantcast uses Sourcegraph
Every developer at Plaid uses Sourcegraph
Every developer at GetYourGuide uses Sourcegraph

Curious what other code search tools exist? Check out our code search tool comparison guide.

The only enterprise solution

Sourcegraph is built for companies of all sizes, from startups that need a solid foundation for growth, all the way to the largest enterprises with complex security, scaling, and deployment needs.

Proven at scale

10,000s of developers and repositories on Sourcegraph? You're in good company. Not at that scale? You'll still benefit from the robustness.

24/7 support

We provide outstanding support whenever you need it, including deployment assistance and help integrating custom dev tools with Sourcegraph.

Deploy your way

Self-manage your organization's Sourcegraph instance, or let us manage it for you (on our secure infrastructure or your cloud provider sub-account).

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