Instant search for Stack Overflow


I love the concept of instant search that Google introduced. Stack Overflow Instant Search does exactly that - it brings (almost) instant search to Stack Overflow. The results update as the user types. There's a 250ms delay before actually hitting the Stack Overflow servers, which I think is fine. I'd highly recommend you to log in before you search, because API calls are rate limited. So if you log in, the access token is sent along with the request so that the number of searches allowed to you is more. If something doesn't work as intended, or you have any questions/comments/protests/rants, please let me know! I'd love some feedback!


BSD 3-Clause


There's no download. It's a web app - http://so-instant.appspot.com


Standalone web application


Siddhant Goel


GitHub - https://github.com/siddhantgoel/so-instant

  • Looks promising. It should display the number of posts found and the number displayed, though. May 20, 2013 at 21:54
  • Looks good! I'm not sure how the search is supposed to work but I find if I type 2 or more words I often get zero results. I take it that it is doing an AND condition thus if I type too many unrelated words (e.g. natural search) I won't get any matches. oh, and it is exact word matches.. so "xmlht" won't match on "XMLHTTPRequest" until I type the whole word. ;-)
    – scunliffe
    May 21, 2013 at 13:55
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    Yeah that's a problem I noticed as well. The thing is that right now I send the query as is to the Stack Overflow servers. If I replace the spaces with OR or %20, in most cases I don't get anything back. I was looking through the API docs again but couldn't find something that'll enable substring matches either. If I don't find anything, then I can look into doing something with the database dumps they provide, although that's a last resort! But thanks for the feedback! I'll look through these issues in the next couple of days. :)
    – Siddhant
    May 21, 2013 at 20:22
  • A search for [php] [json] returns lots of results without both tags: i.imgur.com/z6vrdxK.png May 24, 2013 at 3:14
  • The link is broken. instant-overflow.appspot.com Apr 14, 2014 at 11:23


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