The Search Collection feature makes it possible to specify complex filters to search for specific tracks in your collection. This can be done by using the edit box in the left pane or by clicking on the
When you type in the input field, Amarok will search for the expression in all available tags such as artist, album and title. The view of the collection will update automatically to display only the matches of the search.
To search in a specific tag, type tag:value into the search bar. Operators like < and > can be used to create more general conditions. Several conditions can be used together by separating them by a space between them.
The following tags can be searched:
Numerical tags can use the following operators to create a condition:
- Equal: :
- Less than: <
- Larger than: >
Edit Filter Dialog
Note: The UI of this dialog has changed in version 2.4. The functionality is the same.
A more complex interface to specify search patterns is provided by the Edit Filter dialog.
The button adds the current condition to the existing one with the specified connection in the Appending Condition.
By clicking on the last action will be removed.
deletes the complete search pattern.
Several conditions can be connected to form a complex search expression.
|AND||Choose this if you want the get tracks that apply to the new as well as to the previous condition.|
|OR||Choose this if you want the get tracks that apply to the new or to the previous condition.|
|Invert Condition||Negates the defined filter condition.|
|Simple||The simple search mode acts like the edit box and searches through all tags.|
Furthermore, the matching of simple conditions can be configured.
|Match All Words||Tracks must contain all words that are in theedit box.|
|Match Any Word||Tracks must contain at least one of the words that are in theedit box.|
|Exact Match||Tracks must contain exactly the same words that are in theedit box.|
|Exclude||Tracks must not contain any of the words that are in theedit box.|
To search for in a specific tag it needs to be selected in the combobox. Numerical values can further form a more complex condition with the, , and options.
In this example we are trying to find the following track:
Title: Story Of My Life
Artist: Social Distortion
Album: Greatest Hits
We'll search for the track with that conditions in that order. Here again the result when the edit box is used:
Now click on the -button next to the edit box. Choose in the combobox and click the -button.
Amarok already updates the view in the background. But to get a non-ambiguous result we need the other filters. Adding the filters for artist and album work the same way. Use to connect the conditions, because the track needs to fulfill all requirements.