How to Find Comments on Reddit

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Reddit users have been clamoring for the ability to search for comments for years, and now the social media website has rolled out the feature site-wide. Filtering searches by comment means less time scrolling through results and more efficient searches.

Using Reddit Comment Search

In the early stages of launch, comment search is limited to the desktop website and is not available via mobile apps on iPhone and Android. The feature has been included in the standard Reddit search engine, which you can access at the top of the page on Reddit.com.

To use the feature, open Reddit in your browser and enter a keyword in the search field provided. Hit enter to search, then use the “Comments” button at the top of the page to limit results to comments made on the site.

Looking for Reddit comments

You can also filter by subreddit using the magnifying glass to the left of the search field. You will see your chosen subreddit appear in the box. Type your query next to it and hit enter, then use the “Comments” button to narrow your search. That’s all about it!

Find Reddit Comments by Subreddit

You can’t use some of Reddit’s advanced search terms (such as “user:[u/username]Title “O”:[post title]”) to refine your search (yet, anyway).

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Can you search Reddit by user?

Unfortunately, you can’t use Reddit’s Comment Search tool to filter by user, but you can try a third-party service like Reddit Comment Search to unlock this feature. Because the site is not run by Reddit, it tends to be unreliable.

Find Reddit Comments by User

While Reddit comment search is indexed on the server side, third-party services have to crawl the website with each search. This often fails or takes a long time, as it is impractical for an external service to keep comments on file.

There’s a good chance that Reddit will expand its search for comments in the future. The feature is (at the time of writing) in its infancy, but over time it is expected to appear in mobile apps and become even more powerful.

Make good use of comment search

If you’re smart about how you use comment search, you can use it to find threads full of relevant information. For example, if you want to find music similar to one of your favorite bands, head over to a relevant subreddit (like r/blackmetal or /dnb), search for a band, filter by comment, and jump to any relevant threads. .

Find threads on Reddit using comment search

Lots of people create threads asking for specific recommendations which can be difficult to track down. You can use this to find all sorts of things like video games, movies, restaurants, and more.

Since you’ll be using the Reddit desktop site for your comment search needs, you may also want to disable the “Open in App” popup.

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