What is Universal Code Search?

Universal Code Search is the best way to answer any questions about code and systems.

Sourcegraph Universal Code Search lets you review, search, and modify your code no matter where it's stored. Explore and better understand all code, faster, with Sourcegraph's contextual code intelligence to improve developer productivity and code change management to make large-scale changes.

Uber, Lyft, Yelp, and other enterprises rely on Universal Code Search, not just code hosts.

Sourcegraph is an ingrained part of my daily process at SoFi. With Sourcegraph, our engineers can understand all of the repercussions of committing a change to a service that is exposed to other services.

Ursula Robertson, Engineering Manager, SoFi

Universal across everything

Universal Code Search must have these things. Anything else is just a code search tool.

Code Discovery

  • Navigate and explore code across any codebase
  • Access anything stored as code from a centralized place
  • Improve the speed to understand complex or unfamiliar codebases

Code Intelligence

  • Understand code in context
  • Find answers faster, without huge amounts of effort
  • Better code reviews with code intelligence to find defintions or references

Code Change Management

  • Manage large-scale changes across the entire codebase
  • Easily run campaigns with a query and track results
  • Migrate code to new APIs, address deprecations and dependencies, and more

Code search is the superpower

Uber, Lyft, Yelp, and other world-class companies rely on Sourcegraph Universal Code Search (not just a code host) to ship software.

Google CodeSearch

internal-only tool
[It's] essential to be able to easily search [the] whole source … huge productivity boost: easy to find uses, defs, examples, etc.

Facebook BigGrep/TBGS

internal-only tool
  • Used daily by almost every Facebook technical employee for the last ~8 years
  • More secretive than Google's tool, but is described in a conference talk and some tweets
  • $100Ms invested, with dozens of full-time engineers building it
tbgs is the StackOverflow for Facebook engineers


Used by Uber, Lyft, Yelp, and more
  • Every developer at these organizations uses Sourcegraph
  • Used by the world's leading technology companies (except Google and Facebook, which built their in-house tools 10+ years ago for $100Ms+)
Seriously, Sourcegraph is the best tool we’ve invested in. It’s 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. This is absolutely incredible.
Lyft engineering manager
[Sourcegraph] improves my productivity and ability to write clean code by 2-3x.
Uber senior engineer

Sourcegraph integrates with your existing tools and workflow

Code hosting & review
Other services in your workflow
Browser & editor integrations
Programming languages
All programming languages are supported. 32 programming languages have additional code intelligence support.

Engineering teams at these companies use Sourcegraph Universal Code Search

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Explore, navigate, and better understand all code, everywhere, faster, with Universal Code Search