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NAME

       notmuch-search-terms - Syntax for notmuch queries

SYNOPSIS

       notmuch count [options...]  <search-term>...

       notmuch dump [ <filename> ] [--] [ <search-term>...]

       notmuch search [options...] <search-term>...

       notmuch show [options...] <search-term>...

       notmuch tag +<tag>|-<tag> [...] [--] <search-term>...

DESCRIPTION

       Several notmuch commands accept a common syntax for search terms.

       The  search  terms can consist of free-form text (and quoted phrases) which will match all
       messages that contain all of the given terms/phrases in the body, the subject, or  any  of
       the sender or recipient headers.

       As  a  special  case,  a  search string consisting of exactly a single asterisk ("*") will
       match all messages.

       In addition to free text, the following prefixes can be  used  to  force  terms  to  match
       against specific portions of an email, (where <brackets> indicate user-supplied values):

            from:<name-or-address>

            to:<name-or-address>

            subject:<word-or-quoted-phrase>

            attachment:<word>

            tag:<tag> (or is:<tag>)

            id:<message-id>

            thread:<thread-id>

            folder:<directory-path>

       The from: prefix is used to match the name or address of the sender of an email message.

       The  to:  prefix  is  used  to  match  the names or addresses of any recipient of an email
       message, (whether To, Cc, or Bcc).

       Any term prefixed with subject: will match  only  text  from  the  subject  of  an  email.
       Searching for a phrase in the subject is supported by including quotation marks around the
       phrase, immediately following subject:.

       The attachment: prefix can be used to search for specific  filenames  (or  extensions)  of
       attachments to email messages.

       For  tag:  and  is:  valid tag values include inbox and unread by default for new messages
       added by notmuch new as well as any other tag values added manually with notmuch tag.

       For id:, message ID values are the literal contents of the  Message-ID:  header  of  email
       messages, but without the '<', '>' delimiters.

       The  thread: prefix can be used with the thread ID values that are generated internally by
       notmuch (and do not appear in email messages). These thread ID values can be seen  in  the
       first column of output from notmuch search

       The folder: prefix can be used to search for email message files that are contained within
       particular directories within the mail store. Only the directory components below the top-
       level mail database path are available to be searched.

       In  addition  to individual terms, multiple terms can be combined with Boolean operators (
       and, or, not , etc.). Each term in the query will be implicitly connected by a logical AND
       if  no  explicit  operator  is  provided,  (except that terms with a common prefix will be
       implicitly combined with OR until we get Xapian defect #402 fixed).

       Parentheses can also be used to control the combination of the Boolean operators, but will
       have to be protected from interpretation by the shell, (such as by putting quotation marks
       around any parenthesized expression).

       Finally, results can be restricted to only messages within a particular time range, (based
       on the Date: header) with a syntax of:

            <initial-timestamp>..<final-timestamp>

       Each  timestamp  is  a number representing the number of seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00
       UTC. This is not the most convenient means of expressing date ranges, but until notmuch is
       fixed  to  accept  a  more  convenient  form,  one  can  use the date program to construct
       timestamps. For example, with the bash shell the following syntax  would  specify  a  date
       range to return messages from 2009-10-01 until the current time:

            $(date +%s -d 2009-10-01)..$(date +%s)

SEE ALSO

       notmuch(1),   notmuch-config(1),   notmuch-count(1),   notmuch-dump(1),  notmuch-hooks(5),
       notmuch-new(1), notmuch-reply(1), notmuch-restore(1), notmuch-search(1),  notmuch-show(1),
       notmuch-tag(1)