To search for users, use the following search qualifiers in any combination.


  • This article contains example searches on the website, but you can use the same search filters on your GitHub Enterprise instance.
  • There's a list of search syntaxes you can add to any search qualifier to further improve your results.
  • Use quotations around your multi-word search terms. For example, if you want to search for issues with the label "In progress," you'd search for label:"in progress". Search is not case sensitive.

Search for users or organizations

By default, searching users will return both personal and organizations. However, you can use the type qualifier to restrict search results to personal accounts or organizations only.

tom in:email type:org
Matches organizations with the word tom in their email.
mike in:name created:<2011-01-01 type:user
Matches personal accounts named mike that were created before 2011.

Scope the search fields

The in qualifier limits what fields are searched. With this qualifier you can restrict the search to the username, public email, full name, or any combination of these. Without the qualifier, only the username and email address are searched.

tom in:email
Matches users with the word tom in their email. For privacy reasons, you cannot search by domain name.
kenya in:login
Matches users with the word kenya in their username.
bolton in:fullname
Matches users whose real name has the word Bolton.

Search based on the number of repositories a user has

The repos qualifier filters users based on the number of repositories they have. For example:

Matches users whose repository count is over 9,000.
bert repos:10..30
Matches users with the word "bert" in their username or real name who own 10 to 30 repositories.

Search based on the location where a user resides

You can choose to filter users by the location indicated in their profile. For example:

repos:1 location:iceland
Matches users with exactly one repository that live in Iceland.

Search based on the languages of a user's repositories

You can search for users that own repositories that match a certain language via the language qualifiers. For example:

language:javascript location:russia
Matches users in Russia with a majority of their repositories written in JavaScript.
jenny language:javascript in:fullname
Matches users with JavaScript repositories whose full name contains the word Jenny.

Search based on when a user joined GitHub Enterprise

You can filter users based on when they joined with the created qualifier. This takes a date as its parameter. Date formatting must follow the ISO8601 standard, which is YYYY-MM-DD--that's year-month-day. You may also add some optional time information, formatted as THH:MM:SS+07:00--that's hour-minutes-seconds (HH:MM:SS), followed by a UTC offset (+07:00)

Dates support greater than, less than, and range qualifiers. For example:

Matches users that joined before 2011.
Matches users that joined at or after May 11th, 2013.
created:2013-03-06 location:london
Matches users that joined on March 6th, 2013, who list their location as London.
created:2010-01-01..2011-01-01 john in:login
Matches users that joined between 2010 and 2011 with the word "john" in their username.

Search based on the number of followers a user has

You can filter users based on the number of followers that they have with the followers qualifier. For example:

Matches users with 1,000 or more followers.
sparkle followers:1..10
Matches users with between 1 and 10 followers, with the word sparkle in their name.

Sort the results

With any of the qualifiers above, you can also choose to sort on these properties:

  • Number of followers
  • Number of repositories
  • When they joined GitHub Enterprise

These can be in ascending or descending order.