Does the current GitHub issue search engine provide any way for users to search for reports without certain tag?

Classical use-case would be having a granular grouping such as [bug], [enhancement], [feature] etc. I'd like to search for all items without the [bug] tag.

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I'd be happy to be proven wrong and delete my answer... but I think at the moment the answer is no. Not even the API for github Issues seems to allow this.

For your example, I think your best bet is to search for all labels except [bug]; or create a new label "non-bug". :)

You can of course contact github and put this "filter-out" feature in their suggestion box.


You can exclude search results on GitHub using a minus sign. So to search for all issues not labelled as bugs, you could put the following into a search:

type:issue -label:bug


  • This is quite nice, though it does not offer the same view as filtering by labels directly. Apr 18, 2014 at 7:57
  • This is true, I've found it also doesn't seem to work for excluding multiple labels, so: type:issue -label:bug -label:enhancement does not return the results I would expect.
    – lukens
    Apr 20, 2014 at 10:11

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