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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 "" 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 "" symbol.
To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the "" symbol.
Wildcard characters need to be enclosed in quote-marks, as they are reserved characters in advanced search. Use quotations, e.g.
The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for "" or "" you can use the search:
Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for , or you can use the search:
You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term. For example, to search for or 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 "" 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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