AdvancedSearch is provided as a beta feature on all wikis as of May 2018.
The advanced parameters form offers access to some of the special search options the WMF's search team has implemented in the last years. This list gives an overview which parameters are currently supported, which ones are planned to be supported and which ones won't be supported.
More information can be found on the main project page on Meta.
Enabling the new view: To enable the AdvancedSearch interface on the Special:Search page, you have to be logged in and tick the checkbox for the AdvancedSearch feature on the beta-features preferences page. After enabled, the new AdvancedSearch interface will appear on Special:Search. To use the new interface, you can either go directly to Special:Search, click on the magnifying glass icon in the search box or click the search button without filling anything into the search box. "Special:Search" is also available from any search results list.
The interface enhances the Special:Search page through an advanced parameter form and changes the way how to select namespaces.
When you click on the arrow in the advanced parameters section, it gives you a selection of some parameters for advanced searches. You can combine different parameters.
Explanations on each parameter can be found next to the input field.
In some fields you can only enter one search term, in others you can enter several terms by separating them with a comma. This depends on the function of the field.
When you click on the arrow at the top of the advanced parameters section, you collapse this section. You now see a preview of the search terms that you entered. By clicking on the X in the preview, you can remove each term.
In the section "Search in" you can select the namespaces you want to search in. You can either choose one of the namespace presets (e.g. "Discussion"), type the desired namespaces or select them from a dropdown list. You can save your selection by checking "Remember selection for future searches".
By checking “All”, you can select all namespaces. You can then individually deselect the ones that you don’t need by clicking on the X in each pill or by clicking on the namespace in the dropdown list.
As a beta feature
- Testwikis and Mediawiki.org: 2017-11-21 OK
- deWP, arWP: 2017-11-29 OK
- huWP, faWP: 2017-12-06 OK
- Other wikis: 2018-05-08 OK
- Main project page on Meta
- CirrusSearch Help page: Introduction to CirrusSearch including overview on all existing advanced search parameters.
Help with translation
The software messages for the feature can be translated on translate wiki. Any help is much appreciated!