Using advanced search features¶
Read the Docs uses Server Side Search to power our search. This guide explains how to add a “search as you type” feature to your documentation, and how to use advanced query syntax to get more accurate results.
You can find information on the search architecture and how we index documents in our Search docs.
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Enable “search as you type” in your documentation¶
readthedocs-sphinx-search is a Sphinx extension that integrates your documentation more closely with the search implementation of Read the Docs. It adds a clean and minimal full-page search UI that supports a search as you type feature.
To try this feature, you can press / (forward slash) and start typing or just visit these URLs:
Search query syntax¶
Exact phrase search¶
If a query is wrapped in
" (double quotes),
then only those results where the phrase is exactly matched will be returned.
Exact phrase search with slop value¶
~N (tilde N) after a phrase signifies slop amount.
It can be used to match words that are near one another.
* (asterisk) at the end of any term signifies a prefix query.
It returns the results containing the words with specific prefix.
~N after a word signifies edit distance (fuzziness).
This type of query is helpful when the exact spelling of the keyword is unknown.
It returns results that contain terms similar to the search term as measured by a Levenshtein edit distance.
Build complex queries¶
The search query syntaxes described in the previous sections can be used with one another to build complex queries.