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Advanced search 3.4

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.0
  2. 2.1
  3. 2.2
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This XF2 add-on along with the entire collection can be purchased for $35.00 USD. Your Premium upgrade will allow you to download as many XF2 add-ons as you like for one year. Please see the entire collection located in the Resources area at this URL:


Allows searching posts and thread titles using exact text.

(Example of Advanced search link)


(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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First release
Last update


5.00 star(s) 2 ratings

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Latest updates

  1. See description

    Advanced search v3.4 changes: Search forums now excludes "Link forum" type of forums.
  2. See description

    Advanced search v3.3 changes: Now excludes posts which are in a soft deleted thread.
  3. See description

    Advanced search v3.2 changes: Added Results count to Advanced search results page.

Latest reviews

An absolute stunner! I've installed many of AndyB's XF2 Addons so I knew it would work, but OMG! Not only three-letter words, but we've had some ONE-letter search terms turn up exactly relevant results. THIS is exactly what a search engine should be, and it was INSTANT. No wasting time crawling the database. It just worked, straight out of the box. Love love love it! Also, working with AndyB is energizing and inspiring!
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.
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