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This page provides information on how to perform text searches. It applies to advanced searches when used with the CONTAINS operator.
Confluence uses Apache Lucene for text indexing, which provides a rich query language. Much of the information on this page is derived from the Query Parser Syntax page of the Lucene documentation.
A query is broken up into terms and operators. There are two types of terms: Single Terms and Phrases.
A Single Term is a single word such as "
test" or "
A Phrase is a group of words surrounded by double quotes such as "
Note: All query terms in Confluence are case insensitive.
Confluence supports modifying query terms to provide a wide range of searching options.
Confluence supports single and multiple character wildcard searches.
To perform a single character wildcard search use the "
To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the "
Wildcard characters need to be enclosed in quote-marks, as they are reserved characters in advanced search. Use quotations, e.g.
summary ~ "cha?k and che*"
The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for "
text" or "
test" you can use the search:
Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for
WindowsNT you can use the search:
You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term. For example, to search for
Windows95 you can use the search
You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search. The feature request for this is JRA-6218
Confluence supports fuzzy searches. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, "~", symbol at the end of a single word term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to "
roam" use the fuzzy search:
This search will find terms like foam and roams.
Note: terms found by the fuzzy search will automatically get a boost factor of 0.2
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