Searching for messages
Zulip has a powerful search engine under its hood. Search for messages using
the search bar at the top of the app.
stream:design has:link -is:starred new logo
Searches for messages in
#design that have a link, that you haven't
starred, and that contain the words
The permalink for that search (web only) will look something like
List of operators
As you start typing, Zulip will suggest possible operator completions.
Operators can be used with keywords, or on their own. For example,
stream:design logo will search for the word
stream:design will navigate to
Here is the full list of search operators.
stream:design: Search within the stream
stream:design topic:emoji+picker: Search within the topic
is:private: Search all your private messages.
pm-with:firstname.lastname@example.org: Search 1-on-1 private messages between you and Ada.
pm-with:email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org: Search group private messages
between you, Bob, and Ada.
group-pm-with:email@example.com: Search all group private message
conversations that include you and Ada, as well as any other users.
sender:firstname.lastname@example.org: Search messages sent by Ada.
sender:me: Search messages you've sent.
near:12345: Show messages around the message with ID
id:12345: Show only message
is:alerted: See alert words.
is:mentioned: See mentions.
is:starred: See starred messages.
is:resolved: Search messages in resolved topics.
-is:resolved: Search messages in unresolved topics.
streams:public: Search the history of all public
streams in the organization,
including streams you are not subscribed to.
Zulip's search operators can be negated, to exclude messages matching
the rule. For example,
stream:design -is:resolved -has:image will
match all messages that don't contain an image and were sent to
unresolved topics in the
Searching shared history
Zulip's stream permissions model allows
access to the full history of public streams and private streams with
shared history, including messages sent
before you joined the stream (or organization) or those sent to public
streams you are not subscribed to.
By default, Zulip searches messages in your history, i.e. the
messages you actually received. This avoids cluttering search results
with irrelevant messages from public streams you're not interested in.
If you'd like to instead search the organization's shared history, any
query using the
streams: operators will search all
messages that you have access to in the selected stream(s). For
streams:public keyword searches for
keyword in all public
streams in the organization.
streams:public sender:email@example.com searches for all messages
sent by the user to any public stream.
Words and phrases
Most searches consist of a list of operators followed by a list of keywords.
new logo: Search for messages with both
"new logo": Search for messages with the phrase
Zulip does some basic stemming, so
wave will match
waving. Keywords are case-insensitive, so
wave will also match
Emoji are included in searches, so if you search for
octopus it will
include messages with
Note that Zulip ignores common words like
the, and about 100
others. A quirk in Zulip's current implementation means that if all of your
keywords are ignored, we'll return 0 search results.