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How do I use the Search?

There are many ways to use the Search function on deviantART and a variety of places you can search. Below is an indepth list of search paramenters you can use to refine your search. Parameters can be combined together to narrow down Search results, to find very specific results.

Deviation Search
Journal Search
Group Search
Forum Search


All Searches

Whether you're searching for deviations, groups or forum threads, there are several parameters that will make searching through deviantART quick and easy. Most parameters can be combined to narrow down Search results to find very specific results.

Simple Search:
fish
Returns results that have the word "fish" in the their title, description, or keywords for deviation search, name, group tagline, description, custom tag for group search, etc.


Searching for Multiple Terms:
fish cat
Returns results that have BOTH "fish" AND "cat" in their title, description or keywords for deviation search, name, group tagline, description, custom tag for group search, etc.


Searching for a Phrase:
"kung fu"
Returns Deviations that contain the phrase "kung fu" in their title, description or keywords for Deviation search and name, group tagline, description, custom tag for group search, etc.


Matching Multiple Terms:
fish OR cat
Returns results that have EITHER "fish" OR* "cat" - but with an emphasis towards Deviations that contain both

*Please note that OR must be capitalized in order to be considered a parameter


Using Parentheses:
dog (fish OR cat)
Returns results that have "dog", plus EITHER "cat" OR "fish".


Excluding Search Terms:
cat -fish
Returns results that have "cat" but not "fish".

cat -fish -dog
Returns results that have "cat" but do not have "fish" and do not have "dog" either.


Specific to Deviation Search

Below is a listing of the various Search parameters that are only available for searching deviations.


Searching by Title:
title:cat
Returns Deviations that have "cat" in their title.


Searching by Description:
description:cat
Returns Deviations that have "cat" in their description.


Searching by Keyword:
keywords:cat
Returns Deviations that have "cat" as a keyword.


Category Searching:
in:photography
Returns Deviations from the Photography category and its subcategories

fish in:photography
Returns Deviations from the Photography category and its subcategories, that have "fish" in their title, description or keywords

in:photography/architecture
Returns Deviations from the Architecture subcategory in Photography

fish in:photography/architecture
Returns Deviations from the Architecture subcategory in Photography that have "fish" in their title, description or keywords

Searching Multiple Categories:
fish (in:photography OR in:digitalart)
Returns Deviations from either the Photography or the DigitalArt categories, or their subcategories, that have "fish" in their title, description or keywords


Excluding Categories in Searching:
fish -in:photography
Returns Deviations that have "fish" in their title, description or keywords, but aren't in the photography category or any of its subcategories


Searching by image resolution:
width:1024
Returns Deviations that have an image whose width is 1024 pixels.

height:768
Returns Deviations that have an image whose height is 768 pixels.

1024x768
Returns Deviations that have an image of that size. Equivalent to width:1024 height:768


Searching by Deviant:
by:spyed
Returns Deviations that have been submitted by spyed

fish by:spyed
Returns Deviations that have been submitted by spyed and have "fish" in their title, description or keywords


Searching a Deviant's Favourites:
favby:spyed
Returns all deviations that have been favourited by spyed's

Please be advised this is a stand alone search term and cannot be combined.


Searching by Upload Time:
max_age:24h
Returns Deviations that have been submitted in the last 24 hours.

Similarly, search results can be limited to deviations submitted in the past few years, weeks, etc. by replacing the 'h' with one of the following.
'y' = Years
'w' = Weeks
'd' = Days
'h' = Hours
'm' = Minutes
's' = Seconds


Sorting Search Results by Upload Time
QUERY sort:time
Sort the results by upload time, from newest to oldest.

Please be advised this is not valid search query by itself and has to be combined with valid queries.


Searching for Deviations Available for Prints/Gifts
attribute:print
Returns Deviations that are available for prints/gifts.


Specific to Group Search

Below is a listing of the various Search parameters that are only available for searching groups.


Searching by Name:
name:cat
Returns groups that have the word "cat" in their name. It will only return groups if it's clear that "cat" is a word in its name, e.g. "CatFish", "Cat-Fish", but not "Catfish".


Searching by Tagline:
tagline:cat
Returns groups whose taglines contain the word "cat"


Searching by Description:
description:cat
Returns groups whose descriptions contain the word "cat"

Searching by Tag:
customtag:cat
Returns groups whose custom tags contain the word "cat"


Specific to Forum Search

Below is a listing of the various Search parameters that are only available for searching forum threads.


Searching by Subject:
subject:cat
Returns threads that have the word "cat" in the subject.


Searching by Body
body:cat
Returns threads whose original post contain the word "cat".


Searching by Deviant
by:spyed
Returns threads started by spyed.


Searching for open/closed threads
status:open
Returns threads that have not been closed.

status:closed
Returns threads that have been closed.

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