Search engine for programmers – SymbolHound Search

Another great discovery

I found an interesting tool today called Symbol Hound. It is a search engine for programmers that allows you to include symbols in your search. Google tends to remove them, and as such is not really a good search engine for programmers. So if you’re looking for something like ‘php $’, or ‘#’, it doesn’t always return what you’d expect. This site indexes only major programming related sites like Stack Overflow. The owners say this is to help keep costs down. It costs a lot to house the data they crawl. They even politely ask you to turn off your ad blocker to support them. I turned mine off because I like to support other programmers, and I know how expensive it is to run a server.

Useful? Yes, but…

Personally, I don’t know how often I’ll use this tool, but I feel that it is valuable enough to write a blog post about it. It isn’t every day you need a search engine for programmers, but when you do, it’s nice to know there is one out there!

SearchHound logo

Check it out at

*One thing to note is that it does not support https at the time of this posting. I have no idea why, since it doesn’t cost anything to set up a free SSL certificate.


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I have been programming for almost 20 years. It all started with Basic and RPG III way back in high school, and have played around with many languages. More recently, I worked with ColdFusion for 12 years. (Far too many!) And have since worked with Obj-C, Swift, C#, and PHP. I mostly stay focused on PHP and Laravel these days.

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I just finished most of the Laracast “Be Awesome in PHPStorm”. I didn’t do the last few because the topics are beyond where I am in my learning at this point. But I’ll be back for those later.

Like any good tool, it’s always good to learn all that it can do, and PHPStorm does an amazing amount of awesome things!