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First, move focus to the search box. If focus is anywhere outside of the search box, just press Esc to move it back there.
Then, enter a search query.

A search query must contain one or more of the following:

  • Attribute-value pairs (example: project: TeamCity) that identify attributes of issues that you search for. Issue attributes include issue ID, state, assignee, reporter, date of creation/update, type, priority, tags etc. For unambiguous values, you may omit attributes. For example, state: critical means exactly the same as #critical.
  • Shortcut keywords that represent one of the following:
    • A set of attribute values. Examples: #my (searches for issues assigned to or reported by the current user), #unresolved (searches for all submitted, open, reopened issues, issues in progress and due to be discussed).
    • A special state of an issue. Examples: #unassigned, #{has attachment}.
  • An arbitrary string for full-text search in issue summaries, descriptions etc.

YouTrack provides query completion in the search box to help you choose appropriate keywords and values.
To display query completion at any caret position in the search box, press Ctrl+Space or Alt+Down.

In addition, after you have entered them in the search box, keywords are underlined with grey and values with black. If you've entered an incorrect query, YouTrack uses red dotted underline to highlight errors.

To distinguish search by attributes from full-text search:

  • Attributes should be followed by a colon: state:
  • Attribute values that contain spaces should be surrounded by curly braces: in: {JetBrains Tracker}
  • If an attribute value is specified without attributes, it should be preceded by the hash mark: #unresolved

Sample query


Find all issues either assigned to or reported by me that have any state except "resolved"

Find all feature requests that had been submitted but not yet assigned to a developer.
Keyword-value pairs or values can be specified in arbitrary order

Find all open issues that contain words "context" and "action".

Find all unresolved issues except for issues with minor priority; sort the list of results by priority in ascending order.
"-" operator subtracts a subset from a set of search query results. Note that using this operator with an attribute value doesn't require that you precede it with a hash mark.

Find all issues, which contain phrase "Who is mister Putin"

See Search and Command Attributes for full keyword reference with samples.

You can save a search query for future use. To do that, click Save this search under the search box.

To execute a previously saved search, type saved search in the search box, specify the name of a previously saved search query from the completion list, and press Enter to execute the search query.