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Advanced Search 1.7

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Compatible XF 1.x versions
1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Allows searching posts using exact text.

(Example of Input page)


(Example of Results page)


(Example of Options page)


(Example of Group Permissions)


  • Advanced Search link is added to your Forums tab navigation bar.
  • Exact text searching.
  • Case insensitive.
  • Accent insensitive.
  • Search messages or titles.
  • Search all forums or only those you select.
  • Search by username option.
  • Search word not required.
  • All phrases start with advancedsearch_ for your convenience.
  1. Download advancedsearch_v1.7.zip and unzip it.
  2. Upload the Andy folder to your server. The correct location will be library/Andy.
  3. From your Admin Control Panel, go to the "Install Add-on" page.
  4. Upload the addon-AdvancedSearch_v1.7.xml file.
  5. Click the Install Add-on button.
Questions and Answers:

Q: Will search text be found in private forums?
A: Only if viewer has view privilege for that forum.

Q: Will search text be found in soft deleted posts?
A: No.

Q: Can I enter any search text including parenthesis, quotes, slashes and similar text?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I enter partial words?
A: Yes.

Q: Does this add-on require Enhanced Search?
A: No.​

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First release
Last update
5.00 star(s) 5 ratings

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Latest updates

  1. See description

    Advanced Search v1.7 changes: Improved forum chooser template code.
  2. See description

    Advanced Search v1.6 changes: 1) Search word is no longer required. 2) Improved PHP code. 3)...
  3. See description

    Advanced Search v1.5 changes: Added Total to results page. Increased default Limit to 1000.

Latest reviews

This is just a life saver for poor guys like me, who doesn't have a dedicated server, and hence can't use elastic search or reduce the search length from 4!
Another awesome addon by AndyB. We just migrated over from phpbb and the Xenforo search is lacking in this area. Many thanks to you sir for all the great work you do.
Since our forum runs on a shared server, using Elastic Search is out of the question. That's where AndyB's Advanced Search add-on steps in to take up the slack left by XenForo's core search functions.

The fact it allows for small word searches is a godsend for us! After migrating from vB over to XF, this add-on has been instrumental in helping us to find left-over remnants of faulty BBCodes here and there. Kudos on a job well done!
Easy install and works well in my testing! I just wish that all the search options could be using the same search box instead of cluttering up the navigation bar with another search. But other than this this rocks.
Very Good Addon. You could still improve by inserting into the search bar two words or three words to look for in such a way that it excludes posts that do not deal with those words.