With the MoinMoin search engine the same search patterns are allowed in the search and title search input fields as in the parameters for the FullSearch (FullSearchCached) and the PageList macros.

  • There may be several search terms separated by white space
    • By default, terms are connected by conjunction - only pages containing all search term are returned
    • Double or single quotes may be used to include white space within search terms (phrase search), to search for the quotes themselves either quote them in the other type of quote or double them within a quoted string
  • - before a search term inverts it, pages containing this term will be excluded from the result

  • regex:TERM is treated as a regular expression. MoinMoin follows Python regex rules (see for more info)

  • title:TERM searches in pages whose titles match TERM

    • Normal search terms do search the titles, too. Matches in titles get more weight than matches in pages.
  • case:TERM searches case sensitive

  • linkto:TERM searches for links to TERM

  • language:LANG-ISO-CODE searches for pages written in a given language ISO code, e.g. en, de

  • category:CategorySomething searches for pages belonging to CategorySomething

  • mimetype:TYPE searches for pages and attachments with mimetype TYPE, e.g. image/png

    • /!\ mimetype: search has limited support for the builtin search (only pages have a mimetype - text/<format>)

  • domain:TERM searches for pages in a domain like underlay or system (for system pages)

  • title:, regex:, linkto: and case: may be used in combination in one search term

    • these modifiers may be abbreviated to any length: e.g. re:, t:, reg:, cas:, l:

    • If you want to use multiple prefixes, you have to concatenate them like this: t:re:TERM

    • - must be put before any other modifiers

  • OR operator has a lower precedence than the implicit AND (e.g., car diesel or gas will find any page containing both "car" and "diesel", but will also hit on pages containing "gas", even if "car" is not on the page.)

  • Parentheses can be used for grouping


title:Help macro

searches for help pages that contain the word "macro".

apple (computer or "operating system")

searches for pages containing the word "apple" and at least one of "computer" or "operating system".

windows winamp or linux xmms

searches for pages containing both "windows" and "winamp", and also for pages containing both "linux" and "xmms".

"is text"

Will match "this text" or "is texts". Quotes are used only to include whitespace.

linkto:WindowsPage title:Linux

searches for pages that have "Linux" in the page name and that link to WindowsPage


searches for the word "dog" and does not find e.g. the word "doggy".

help -domain:system

search for pages containing the word "help" but which are not system pages

category:CategoryHomepage title:thomas

search for pages in CategoryHomepage with the word "thomas" in the title (user homepages of all persons named Thomas)

TitleSearch and PageList

  • uses the same patterns
  • title: is implicitly added to every search term


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