Thank you for using Pushshift's Reddit Search Application! This application was designed from the ground up to be feature rich while offering a very minimalist UI. This application was built for academic study of Reddit by providing the ability to quickly find information using a full-featured API. This application and the back-end that powers it was designed and implemented using Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, Redis, Python3 /w Falcon and lots of code.

If you have any questions about how to use this application, please send an e-mail to jason@pushshift.io or PM stuck_in_the_matrix on Reddit.

Basic Controls

This application allows you to search both Reddit comments and posts. You can aggregate data to see trends and also which subreddits are most popular given a specific search term. You can also research specific subreddits or users using this tool.

First Column Controls

The first selection column at the top of the application allows you to select what areas you'd like to search and also what kind of data you'd like to review (aggregations, statistics and data viz). You can select multiple options at once. For instance, if you want to search both posts and comments for a specific term, pressing "comments" and "posts" will perform a search for both options.

The last three options provide more metadata from the search results but also require more time to complete a search. If you don't need those additional details, not selecting them will speed up your search.

Second Column Controls

The second selection column controls what time-frame you'd like to search in. If you want to see recent comments and posts, keep the time-frame recent by selecting "day" or "week." If you want to find older posts or comments, you can increase the time-frame at the cost of having the search take longer to complete.

You can also specify your own custom time-frame by selecting "Custom." You can enter just the date portion in the format "MM/DD/YYYY" or, if you need to be more specific, you can also include the time portion using the format "MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS"

Third Column Controls

The third column allows you to refine your search by applying filters. For instance, if you only want to search a specific subreddit, put the subreddit name in the Subreddits textbox. You can restrict your search to multiple subreddits by putting a comma between each subreddit. For example, if you want to search for the term "Einstein" and restrict your search to the subreddits "askscience" and "askhistorians," you would put "askscience,askhistorians" in the Subreddits textbox (without the quotes).

You can also exclude subreddits from your search. For instance, if you want to search for the term "NFL" but want to exclude the subreddit /r/football, you would put a negative sign first in the Subreddits textbox followed by the subreddit ("-football"). If you want to exclude multiple subreddits, use a comma to separate them. You only need to put one negative sign at the beginning. For example, putting "-football,baseball" in the Subreddits textbox would return results for all subreddits except /r/football and /r/baseball.