Getting started with Code Search

Stay organized with collections Save and categorize content based on your preferences.


You can search for specific files or code snippets by using the search box located at the top of the Code Search UI:

Search box

To get started, open the Code Search UI for your project:

All searches use RE2 regular expressions by default. If you don't want to use regular expressions, enclose your search in double quotation marks ( " ). For example:

"foo()" # Treats the parentheses as literals. Doesn't match 'food'.
foo() # Parentheses are treated as part of a regular expression. Matches 'food'.

Cross references

Cross references are available for some repositories. Where cross references are enabled, symbols are links to their definition. Clicking a symbol definition shows a list of usages.

What's next

  • Search for files or file contents.
  • Learn about supported operators, filters, and keyboard shortcuts in the Code Search reference documentation.