Google Code Search
|Initial release||October 5, 2006|
|Operating system||Any (web based application)|
|Type||Code search engine|
|Website||http://www.google.com/codesearch (archived version from 2010)|
Google Code Search was a free beta product from Google which debuted in Google Labs on October 5, 2006 allowing web users to search for open-source code on the Internet. Google announced that Code Search was to be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012. The service remained online until March 2013, and it now returns a 404.
Features included the ability to search using operators. These are lang:, package:, license: and file:.
Regular expression engine
The site allowed the use of regular expressions in queries, which is not offered by any other search engine for code. This makes it resemble grep, but over the world's public code. The methodology employed combines a trigram index with a custom-built, denial-of-service resistant regular expression engine.
Google Code Search supported POSIX extended regular expression syntax, excluding back-references, collating elements, and collation classes.
Languages not officially supported could be searched for using the file: operator to match the common file extensions for the language.
- Horowitz, Bradley (2011-10-14). "Official Blog: A fall sweep". Googleblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- Regular Expression Matching with a Trigram Index or How Google Code Search Worked, Russ Cox, January 2012
- Google Code Search FAQ: RegExp[dead link]
- Source code of the search engine
- Archived 12 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- Cindex/Csearch - command-line file search tool, based on ideas from GCS
- Version of Code Search, limited to the Chromium project