Search Craigslist.org Quickly Using Boolean Logic [Craigslist Tip]

So, I stumbled upon this by tinkering around on craigslist.org when trying to find myself a car. I thought it was very convenient and made searching much quicker when trying to narrow things down.

If you want to search for more than one specific thing at a time, you can use the OR operand by placing a pipe ‘|’ between the words.

If you’d like to search for very specific things, you can use the AND operand by placing ‘++’ between the words. For example, this is what I entered into the keyword field to search for a car:


I’ve yet to figure out how to exclude certain keywords from the search. If you find out how, please let me know in the comments below.

Update: I’ve used searchtempest.com before (previously craigshelper) to help me search for craigslist items beyond my local city. The owner, Nathan, contacted me letting me know he found this blog post and wanted to share his keywords help page here. I thought it was pretty useful, so here it is!

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There's 4 Comments So Far

  • Pushpendre
    September 12th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    you could use google site search and put a – sign in front of the term that you want excluded from your search . example search for dog – dogs

  • Jay
    October 17th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I accidentally stumbled on the exclusion operator: simply put a – in front of the term.

    e.g., to search for a saab, but NOT a convertible:

    saab -convertible


  • Marc
    November 10th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    — is not working for me. I want to search keywords in dating, but not see m4m results.

  • John
    June 12th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    It works for me. I used: -director, -executive in order to exclude director and executive jobs from the jobs listings

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