Reddit is a huge website, containing thousands of posts and comments across numerous subreddits. As such, if you want to find a post that covers a specific topic, it’s a good idea to get to grips with the different ways of using Reddit’s search engine.
So, in this article, we explore how to search Reddit, including some unofficial ways to get better results.
How to Search Reddit for Subreddits, Users, and Posts
If you want to search across all of Reddit—whether you’re looking for a subreddit or a post—you can use the search bar. If the term “subreddit” just flew right over your head, be sure to check out our guide on what Reddit is and how it works
before reading any further.
The search bar is in different locations, depending on which kind of Reddit design you’re using. If you’re using the old Reddit design, the search bar is in the top-right.
If you’re using the new Reddit design, it’s at the very top in the middle.
Type what you want to see in here and press Enter to search. When you use the search bar, Reddit will pull up subreddits, users, and posts that contain your search term. For example, if you search for “cats,” you’ll find the subreddit /r/cats, as well as every post on Reddit that has “cats” in the title.
If you want to search just subreddits, you can visit the subreddit page. This is used for managing the subreddits you follow, but it also comes with a search box exclusively for finding new communities.
How to Search Reddit Using Modifiers and Operators
You can also use the following modifiers as mentioned in Reddit’s advanced search:
- title:[text] searches only post titles.
- author:[username] searches only posts by the given username.
- selftext:[text] searches only the body of posts that were made as self-posts.
- subreddit:[name] searches only posts that were submitted to the given subreddit community.
- url:[text] searches only the URL of non-self-post posts.
- site:[text] searches only the domain name of non-self-post posts.
- nsfw:yes or nsfw:no to filter results based on whether they were marked as NSFW or not.
- self:yes or self:no to filter results based on whether they were self-posts or not.
You can also use boolean operators to better refine your search.
- AND means you want both sides to be true.
- OR means only one side needs to be true.
- You can use parentheses () to group modifiers together in case the search query is a complex mixture of ANDs and ORs.
- You can negate/exclude certain modifiers by preceding them with – (minus sign).
How to Search Within a Subreddit
If you want to search a subreddit, you can use the subreddit search modifier we mentioned above. However, there is an easier way that will save you a little bit of time.
For example, let’s say you’re browsing a subreddit and you’re not finding what you want to find. Instead of browsing until you find it, you can search only within the subreddit you’re on. To do this, type what you want to look for within the search bar.
If you’re using old Reddit, click the checkbox under the search box that says “limit my search to [subreddit name]”. When you hit Enter, only results from that subreddit will appear.
If you’re using the new Reddit design, however, you won’t see a tickbox. Instead, search the term as if you were searching the entire website. Then, on the results page, click the link that says “show results from [subreddit name]”. This then filters the search to show only content from your current subreddit.
How to Search Reddit Comments
You’ve probably noticed that the search engine can’t look through Reddit comments; at least, it can’t at the time of writing. However, there is still a way to search Reddit comments; we just need to move away from Reddit and use third-party tools instead.
One of the best tools available is Pushshift Reddit Search. This website will let you search through Reddit comments, but as you’ll see when you visit the website, that’s not all it can do. If you get frustrated with Reddit’s search engine, be sure to try this one instead.
To search comments, ensure that you’re on the “Search” category on the first row of options. On the second row, unselect “Posts” and select “Comments”. On the third row, select the span of time you want to search in. Enter what you’re looking for in the “Search Terms” box.
If you want to search a specific subreddit, enter it into the “Subreddits” field. The “Domains” field is looking for posts that link to a specific website, but you don’t need to fill this out if you’re looking through comments.
When you click on “Search,” Pushshift will scour through Reddit and pull up all the comments that match your query.
How to Find Deleted Reddit Comments
Sometimes you’re looking through a comment thread for discussion. You’ll find a comment that says “[Deleted],” followed by a chain of replies discussing the matter further. The start to the conversation is lost forever—or so you might think.
There’s a handy website called Removeddit that stores as many comments on Reddit as possible. As such, if a comment is deleted, Removeddit will “remember” it and show you what it used to say. Moreover, it will even let you know if the user deleted their own comment by marking it blue, or if a mod removed it by marking it red.
To use Removeddit, navigate to the Reddit comment section that you want to check. Then, edit the URL so that the “Reddit” part in the domain name becomes “removeddit.” There’s no need to delete the name and re-type it; just add “move” after the “re” in “Reddit.”
When you press Enter, you’ll load the Removeddit page for that comment thread. Removeddit will look through its database and show all of the comments it has on file for that thread. If Removeddit managed to archive the comment before it was deleted, you’ll find it here in its former glory. Otherwise, if it got deleted before Removeddit could see it, the website will show an error message instead.
Upgrading Your Reddit Experience
As you can see, there are various ways to search Reddit. So, whether you’re looking for a new community to join, or are trying to find that one funny meme you stumbled across weeks ago, you should be fine. Especially if you make use of the third-party options mentioned above.