To use the search feature from the homepage, type your search terms, select a category and then click " > " or "search."
Some CL sites have subareas. If you want to narrow your search to a particular subarea, select it from the tabs at the top of the craigslist page and then perform your search:
If you only want to search one category, click on the category name and search from the index page for that category.
If simple keywords don't find what you are looking for, here are some advanced features to try.
You can use quotation marks to search for a phrase:
That will find posts that contain the term 'low' followed by 'miles'.
Excluding Terms (filtering)
To specify one or more words you'd like to exclude, use a minus sign to negate them.
honda black -red
That will look for postings that contain 'honda' and 'black' but not 'red'. Note that a search must contain one non-excluded term.
By default, every term in your search must match unless it is excluded with the minus sign (see above). You can specify a list of terms that you want to find one or more of (instead of ALL of them) using a "pipe" character '|' like this:
honda | toyota
That query looks for postings that contain 'honda' or 'toyota' (or both).
Finally, you can group terms together in parenthesis when queries are complicated:
red (toyota | honda) -2000 -2001
That query tries to find all listings that contain 'red' and either 'honda' or 'toyota' (or both) but do not contain 2000 or 2001.
You can perform a wildcard search using a prefix of at least two characters followed by a star. You may use several wildcard terms in the same search query. The following examples are valid wildcard searches:
The first search would match "honda civic", "honda civil", and so on. The second search would match "hardwood floors", "hardwood flooring", and so on. The last search would mach "ipad", "ipads", and so on.
Please keep in mind that you need at least two characters (numbers or letters) before the star and you may not follow the star by any other characters.
If someone has given you the Posting ID (10 digit number), you can use that number in the search box to find the posting as long as you are searching within the posting's same location and category.