YouTube Search Operators

One may think that searching on YouTube is child’s play. There are only videos to be searched, which are already organized into channels and categories, available with system attributes like length and quality. But the search challenges in real life are far different than the theoretical reality. Hence, we bring you a collection of commands, keywords and advanced tips that help you to search better and smarter on YouTube.

search field of YouTube

YouTube Search Operators:

Search by Search Syntax
Search only in title intitle:search query
Force search for word in results +word
Omit a word from results -word
Search for exact composition of words “search query”
Wild character for word *
Search for channels search query, channels
Search for movies search query, film
Search only programmes search query, show
Search for short videos less than 4 minutes search query, short
Search for long videos greater than 20 minutes search query, long
Search for 4K videos search query, 4k
Search for HD videos search query, HD
Search for videos with subtitles search query, cc
Search for free to use creative common license videos search query, creativecommons
Search for 3D videos search query, 3D
Search for live videos search query, live
Search for purchased videos search query, purchased
Search for live videos search query, live
Search for videos with 360 degree view search query, spherical
Search for videos shot in 360 degree search query, spherical
Search for videos updated in last one hour search query, hour
Search for videos updated today search query, today
Search for videos updated in last one week search query, week
Search for videos updated in last one month search query, month
Search for videos updated in last one year search query, year

The best part of about these operators is that they can be used in combination. For example, if you want to search for John Oliver videos in HD published in last one month, then your query becomes

John Oliver, hd, month 

Note: Don’t get deluded with the unexpected search results. Sometimes the searched word may not be in the title but present in the description or comments of the video.

Trivia: Did you know that YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine.

My favorite commands are live, hd and date range. Let us know in comments which one of these advance YouTube video search commands you use the most.

Related: Gmail Search Operators

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Filed under Youtube. Posted by Abhishek and last updated on July 22, 2017.

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