Advanced search

Advanced search 3.1

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.0
  2. 2.1
  3. 2.2
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Allows searching posts and thread titles using exact text.

(Example of Advanced search links)


(Example of Advanced search page)


(Example of Advanced search results page)


(Example of Options page)


(Example of User group permissions)


  • Search by Thread titles or Post content.
  • Exact text searching. Case insensitive. Accent insensitive.
  • All phrases start with advancedsearch_ for your convenience.

User group permissions, typically you set Yes to the following:

Unregistered / Unconfirmed

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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Latest updates

  1. See description

    Advanced search v3.1 changes: The search results snippet is now a little darker.
  2. See description

    Advanced search v3.0 changes: Remove no longer used template code and phrases.
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    Advanced search v2.9 changes: Added pagination to results. Added "replace default search" to...

Latest reviews

With this addon your users will easily get a lot more results for a lot more searches. Make them aware of it and you'll get a less questions about why such-and-such doesn't show up when they search, even though they know it's on your site.