To search any Fandom community, you can use the search box available through the magnifying glass icons on the Fandom bar to the left and the navigation bar at the top of every page.
When you're on an individual wiki, searching takes places within that community, but when you're exploring fandom.com, you'll instead be making a search for both news articles and wikis that cover that topic.
Since late 2016, internal wiki searches are powered by a custom engine. This includes certain features such as:
- Stemming — For some languages (e.g. English) it can automatically match words that share a common root. This means that when searching for "practice", the engine also looks for "practicing", "practices", "practiced", and so forth.
- Boolean search — This provides options to filter the search by using optional keywords, such as "AND", "OR", and "NOT".
- Character folding — The search engine can also handle diacritics by normalizing the text in the before searching (this might not work for all languages), e.g. "introducao imersao" == "introdução imersão", fiancée == fiancee.
- Search by file types — namely videos or images.
- Search by wiki type — starting November 25, 2020, the search box was expanded to include an option to search either the current wiki, or all other wikis.
- Search by posts type — starting December 18, 2020, new in the Special:Search page is a Posts option which allows you to search through Discussions posts.
Your initial search will likely only search the main namespace, plus a few others. After you search, you may find that you need to expand your search to other areas of the wiki. To do this, click the "Advanced" link that appears at the upper right side of the search results page. It will open a box that allows you to select more namespaces and continue searching.
The search engine allows certain keywords that may yield more or less results. One should note that certain symbols are ignored and stripped from the search results; for example, Paper&planes is equivalent to Paper OR planes or Paper planes.
These operators can be used to filter results by using words such as "AND", "OR", and "NOT".
- This excludes a certain word from search, e.g. "Infobox NOT portable" -> results.
- This is the default search, and is used whenever there is a space, symbol or keyword the search engine ignores, e.g. "Infobox OR portable" === "Infobox portable" -> results.
- This is an inclusive search including all terms, e.g. "Infobox AND portable" -> results.
- The above keywords can be combined to yield different and sometimes better results, e.g. "Infobox AND portable NOT classic".
Note: As of 2016/09 the search engine does not support searching for an exact phrase (or term) search even when quotes are included, e.g.
"Infobox portable" is always equivalent to
Infobox OR portable.
Other ways to find pages
- To search for content across all of Fandom or to look for communities focused on a specific subject, use the search box on our main page.
- To browse pages on a specific community, you can view a list of all pages or browse by category. See Special:ListFiles to search for images.
- You can also use Google's site search to search all Fandom communities.
- It is possible to add a search box to any page. To do this, just type:
<inputbox>type = search</inputbox>in the source editor. It will produce this box:
Further help and feedback
- Browse and search other help pages at Help:Contents
- Check Fandom Community Central for sources of further help and support
- Check Contacting Fandom for how to report any errors or unclear steps in this article
- User blog:Daniel Baran/Search Developments: Big Picture
- Stemming for full-text. https://dev.mysql.com/worklog/task/?id=2423. Retrieved 2016/10/07
- Character folding. https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/character-folding.html