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Perform an advanced search

When adding data from ArcGIS, you use search keywords to find data on ArcGIS. You can use advanced search techniques such as item and group field searches, range searches, Boolean operators, and grouping to make your searches more efficient by filtering out unwanted results.


When performing a search for content or groups, you can either specify a field or use the default fields. For items, the default fields are title, tags, snippet, description, accessinformation, spatialreference, type, and typekeywords. For groups, the default fields are id, title, description, snippet, tags, and owner. The best match is always returned. See the tables below for descriptions of these fields.

You can search a specific field by typing the field name followed by a colon and the term you are looking for (for a term with multiple words, use double quotation marks, such as "washoe county"). If you do not use a field indicator, the default fields are searched.

Item fields

You can refine your item searches by using specific fields in your search string. These fields include the following:

Field Details


ID of the item; for example, id:4e770315ad9049e7950b552aa1e40869 returns the item for that ID.


Owner of the item; for example, owner:esri returns all content published by Esri. Field and value are case sensitive.


Uploaded is the date uploaded; for example, uploaded: [0000001249084800000 TO 0000001249548000000] finds all items published between August 1, 2009, 12:00 a.m., to August 6, 2009, 8:40 a.m.


Item title; for example, title:"Southern California" returns items with Southern California in the title.


Type returns the the type of item and is a predefined field. For example, type:map returns items with map as the type, such as map documents and map services.


Item description; for example, description:California finds all items with the term California in the description.


The tag field; for example, tags:"San Francisco" returns items tagged with the term San Francisco.


Summary; for example, snippet:"natural resources" returns items with natural resources in the summary.


The spatial reference; for example, spatialreference:102100 returns items in the Web Mercator auxiliary sphere projection.


The access field; for example, access:public returns public items. This field is predefined, and the options are public, private, or shared. You will only see private or shared items that you have access to.


The ID of the group; for example, group:1652a410f59c4d8f98fb87b25e0a2669 returns items within the given group.


Number of ratings; for example, numratings:6 returns items with six ratings.


Number of comments; for example, numcomments:[1 TO 3] returns items that have one to three comments.


Average rating; for example, avgrating:3.5 returns items with 3.5 as the average rating.

Group fields

You can filter your searches on groups by using specific fields in your search string. Only public groups or groups that you have access to will be searched. These fields include the following:

Group field Details


Group ID; for example, id:1db70a32f5f84ea9a88f5f460f22557b returns the group for that ID.


Group title; for example, title:redlands returns groups with Redlands in the title.


Group owner; for example, owner:esri returns groups owned by Esri.


Description; for example, description:"street maps" returns groups with street maps in the description field.


Summary; for example, snippet:transportation returns groups with transportation in the group summary.


The tags field; for example, tags:"bike lanes" returns groups tagged with the term bike lanes.


Contact information; for example, returns groups with as the contact.


Created is the date created; for example, created:0000001247085176000 returns groups created on July 8, 2009.


The access level of the group. Values are private and public. Private is the default; for example, access:private returns private groups.


The isinvitationonly field returns groups that require an invitation to join. For example, isinvitationonly:false returns groups that do not require an invitation to join. This field is predefined with the options true or false.