gh search code

gh search code <query> [flags]

Search within code in GitHub repositories.

The search syntax is documented at:

Note that these search results are powered by what is now a legacy GitHub code search engine. The results might not match what is seen on, and new features like regex search are not yet available via the GitHub API.


--extension <string>
Filter on file extension
--filename <string>
Filter on filename
-q, --jq <expression>
Filter JSON output using a jq expression
--json <fields>
Output JSON with the specified fields
--language <string>
Filter results by language
-L, --limit <int> (default 30)
Maximum number of code results to fetch
--match <strings>
Restrict search to file contents or file path: {file|path}
--owner <strings>
Filter on owner
-R, --repo <strings>
Filter on repository
--size <string>
Filter on size range, in kilobytes
-t, --template <string>
Format JSON output using a Go template; see "gh help formatting"
-w, --web
Open the search query in the web browser


# search code matching "react" and "lifecycle"
$ gh search code react lifecycle

# search code matching "error handling" 
$ gh search code "error handling"
# search code matching "deque" in Python files
$ gh search code deque --language=python

# search code matching "cli" in repositories owned by microsoft organization
$ gh search code cli --owner=microsoft

# search code matching "panic" in the GitHub CLI repository
$ gh search code panic --repo cli/cli

# search code matching keyword "lint" in package.json files
$ gh search code lint --filename package.json

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