Searching your store
The online store search is a fully featured, powerful tool for your customers to search across all of your store's products, articles, and pages.
Singular and plural search terms
Searching tries to match terms in both their singular and plural forms.
matches results containing "puppy" or "puppies".
Treating singular and plural terms as equivalent is an example of stemming, where a word is mapped to its common lemma (stem). Shopify's stemming also takes into account the common stem of different words.
matches results containing "leg" or "leggings".
If you want to search for a word based on partial pattern matching, then use prefix search.
The online store search includes typo tolerance, which finds correct matches for search terms that contain typos.
Search results include matches that differ from the search term by 1 letter or that have 2 letters in a different order. The first 4 letters of a search term need to be entered correctly for typo tolerance to take effect.
Typo tolerance isn't applied on search results for product tags and article tags. For example, if a customer searches for
chocollate then they won't receive results based on tags such as
The following fields support typo tolerance:
Using AND, OR and NOT operators
All search terms are by default AND-ed together, so searching for
yields results containing both "artichoke" and "hearts". Joining operators aren't necessary.
yields results containing at least one of "artichoke" or "hearts".
Searching for results without a term can be done by prefixing the term with a minus sign.
matches terms with "artichoke", but not "heart".
Prefix search occurs automatically, for example:
matches terms that begin with "artich".
This also works on the last term of a search, for example:
matches terms that begin with "artichoke hea".
Searching specific fields
Add a field name with a colon to your search term to narrow your search for that term to the specified field.
searches for titles that include the term "artichoke".
Searching for a misspelt word won't work when searching specific fields, since search looks for an exact match.
doesn't yield any results.
Depending on the type of search, results can be based on different searchable properties.
|Type of search||Searchable properties||Products||
Placing a search term between double quotes (
"") searches for that exact word or phrase in one of the searchable fields.
matches a product with the title "Can of artichoke hearts", but not a product with the title "Canned hearts of artichoke".
The store's primary locale affects which search version you get.
The following table indicates which search behaviors are provided for the supported languages:
|Language||Typo tolerance||Search stemming||Trigram|
Can support Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji
For Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji, search will match any consecutive sequence of at least 3 characters.
For example, you can find "アップルグリーンラップドレス" by searching for any of the following terms:
Kanjis can also be found in pairs of two.
Searching for products, pages, and articles
Products, pages, and articles need to have certain settings in place in order to be searchable.
To make a product searchable, do the following steps:
- Publish your product in the Online Store channel
- Make sure that the product doesn't have a metafield set to
seo hidden, or the product will be hidden from the storefront search
To make a page searchable, do the following steps:
- Publish the page
- Make sure that the page doesn't have a metafield set to
seo hidden, or the page will be hidden from the storefront search
To make an article searchable, do the following steps:
- Set the article to visible
- Make sure that the article doesn't have a metafield set to
seo hidden, or the article will be hidden from the storefront search
Customizing your search
You can customize your theme code to change the way that search results appear in your online store. To learn more, refer to Customizing search.