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Searching in forks

By default, forks are not shown in search results. You can choose to include them in repository searches, and in code searches if they meet certain criteria.

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To show forks in repository search results, add fork:true or fork:only to your query.

Forks are only indexed for code search when they have more stars than the parent repository. You will not be able to search the code in a fork that has less stars than its parent. To show forks with more stars than the parent repository in code search results, add fork:true or fork:only to your query.

The fork:true qualifier finds all results that match your search query, including forks. The fork:only qualifier finds only forks that match your search query.

QualifierExample
fork:truegithub fork:true matches all repositories containing the word "github," including forks.
android language:java fork:true matches code with the word "android" that's written in Java, in both forks and regular repositories.
fork:onlygithub fork:only matches all fork repositories containing the word "github."
forks:>500 fork:only matches repositories with more than 500 forks, and only returns those that are forks.

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