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There are two ways of searching the MusicBrainz database: indexed search and direct search. You can also search specific types of edits to the data.

Data search

You can access the data search from our search page, or from the search field in the upper right corner of every MusicBrainz page (which uses indexed, non-advanced search).

Indexed search

The indexed search is used by default. It uses the Lucene search engine, making it much more powerful than a direct database search, and, if the "advanced" option is chosen, allowing all kinds of specific queries via its advanced search syntax. It's biggest downside is that it can't find results that haven't been indexed yet, which means it won't always find anything added less than 3 hours before.

Direct search

The direct search searches the database directly: it can only carry out simple keyword searches with no boolean logic, but it is always up-to-date.

Edit search

The edit search allows searching for edits that match a specific set of conditions, from the type of the edit to the editor who entered it or the language of the involved release.