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, blog posts, and pages.

Search behavior

Shopify applies a number of behaviors to search terms to increase the number of relevant results.

Singular and plural search terms

The online store search tries to match terms in both their singular and plural forms.

Searching for puppies 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.

Searching for body:leggings matches results containing "leg" or "leggings".

If you want to search for a word based on partial pattern matching, then use prefix search.

Typo tolerance

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.

For example, search for chocollate, will return results that have chocolate or chocolates in the title or description.

Typo tolerance isn't applied when searches are using search syntax in the query.

Typo tolerance isn't applied on all fields when creating search results. For example, chocollate would not match on any product tags of blog post tags of chocolate. The following resource fields support typo tolerance:

Resource typeSupported fields
  • title
  • product_type
  • variants.title
  • vendor
  • author
  • title
Blog posts
  • author
  • title

Search syntax

Search syntax determines how search terms are treated when Shopify searches for results.

Using AND, OR and NOT operators


Searching for results with the AND operator between search terms returns results when all search terms are in the result.

By default, all search terms are treated as having AND between them. Searching for artichoke hearts or artichoke AND hearts both yield results containing both "artichoke" and "hearts". Joining operators aren't necessary.


Searching for results with the OR operator between search terms returns results when any search term is a result.

Searching for artichoke OR hearts 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 (-).

Searching for artichoke -heart matches terms with "artichoke", but not "heart".

Prefix search will return results where the search term matches the beginning of other terms in results. Prefix search occurs automatically on all searches.

Searching for artich matches terms that begin with "artich", like "artichoke". This also works on the last term of a search. Searching for artichoke hea matches terms that begin with "artichoke hea".

Placing a search term between double quotes ("") searches for that exact word or phrase in one of the searchable fields.

Searching "artichoke hearts" matches a product with the title "Can of artichoke hearts", but not a product with the title "Canned hearts of artichoke".

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.

For example, searching for title:artichoke 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. For example, searching for title:artichoqe doesn't yield any results.

Depending on the resource you're searching for (product, page, blog post), results can be based on different searchable properties.

ResourceSearchable properties
  • body
  • product_type
  • tag
  • title
  • variants.barcode
  • variants.sku
  • variants.title
  • vendor
  • author
  • body
  • title
Blog posts
  • author
  • body
  • tag
  • title

Make products, pages, and blog posts searchable

Products, pages, and blog posts need be published on your online store to be returned in search results. In addition, resource types that are hidden from search engines aren't searchable.

To make products, pages, and blog posts visible on your online store, set the following settings:

Change resource type visibility
Resource TypeVisibility settings
ProductPublish your product in the Online Store channel
Page Publish the page
Blog postSet the blog post to visible

Hide products, pages, and blog posts from search engines and sitemaps

You can hide specific product pages, blog posts, or pages to be hidden from search engines with the following methods:

Add a custom metafield in your Shopify admin

You can add a custom metafield to a product, page, or blog post in your Shopify admin and set the value to 1 to hide the product, page, or blog post from searches and sitemaps.


  1. Go to Settings > Custom Data.
  2. Under Metafields, select the eligible page type (product, page, or blog post) that you want to hide.
  3. Click or tap Add definition
  4. Set the following fields:
    • Set the Name to SEO Hidden.
    • Set Namespace and key to seo.hidden.
  5. Click or tap Select type and select Integer. Make sure that One value is selected.
  6. Navigate to the product, page, or blog post that you want to hide from search engines.
  7. Set the value of the SEO Hidden metafield to 1.

To make the product, page, or blog post visible to searches, delete the SEO Hidden metafield value.

You can customize your search results with the Search & Discovery app from Shopify. The app provides a number of search features and settings that change the behavior of your online store search.

For more advanced customizations, you can edit your theme code to change the how search results are requested. Learn more about customizing at

Store locale affect on search behavior

The store's primary locale affects which search behaviors you get.

Supported languages

The following table indicates which search behaviors are provided for the supported languages:

LanguageTypo toleranceSearch stemmingTrigram
Portuguese (Brazil)
Can support Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji
Portuguese (Portugal)
Norwegian (Bokml)
Norwegian (Nynorsk)

Japanese locale

The Japanese local supports search stemming and Trigram search, but doesn't support typo tolerance.


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:

  • ップル
  • アップル
  • ップルグリーンラ

Kanjis can also be found in pairs of two.

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