How to Search All of Craigslist Nationwide: 7 Steps (2024)

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Do you use Craigslist on a regular basis, but are frustrated by the lack of nationwide searching? Are you looking for that hard to find item that could be anywhere in the country. Let’s face it, the Craigslist website isn’t exactly the most functional out there. Luckily there are a variety of ways to search the entire Craigslist database for that special something (or someone). Follow this guide to learn how.

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Using a Web Service

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    Find a Craigslist searching tool. There are several websites will search through all regions of Craigslist. These sites vary in the amount of control they offer, but all will allow you to search Craigslist nationwide. Some of the more popular sites include:[1]

    • Search Tempest
    • ad hunt’r
    • Search All Junk
    • DailyLister
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    Enter your search term. Some websites will just provide results for the specific term across all of Craigslist, while others will allow you to specify categories and regions.

    • For Search Tempest, enter the postal code and the radius you want your search to encompass. If you’d like, you can use the Preferences section to change to a state, region, or worldwide search. You can choose categories and sub-categories before you begin your search.
    • For ad hunt’r, you’ll need to enter your search first. After the results are returned, you will be able to use the filters on the left side of the page to narrow your results to specific areas and categories.
    • Search All Junk is a barebones search site. Enter your search, and then use the tabs at the top of your results list to view different regions. You cannot search through specific categories.
    • Daily Lister allows you to search and specify the category. Once you have a list of search results, you can use the menu at the top to specify the region. You can also choose to search by just the title or the whole post. DailyLister does not search outside of the US.


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    Browse the results. Each service will return results in a different order, and many let your further refine your search. Use the tools available to narrow your search down to something useful for you.

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    Use advanced search operators. Google can do way more than just search, and with a little trick, can do a search of Craigslist on a nationwide scale.

    • This method also works with Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines.
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    Enter your search criteria. In the search field, enter what you're looking for—whether jobs, merchandise, or love—it's all the same to Google!

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    Follow your search word or words with "site:". This will focus the search for information on Craigslist and all of its subdomains.

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    Use additional modifiers to narrow your search. You can add additional search criteria by using search operators. Some of the most useful for Craigslist include:

    • Price range – Enter in two prices separated by “..” For example: “Panasonic TV $400..$500 site:” will only return results that list a price in that range.
    • Zip code – Add a zip code to the end of the search to narrow your results down by location. For example: “Panasonic TV $400..$500 site: 90210” will return results that match the price range and that appear near Beverly Hills, CA.
    • Exclude words – You can remove words from your search to exclude results that you don’t need. For example: “Panasonic TV $400..$500 site: 90210 -used” will return results that match the price range in Beverly Hills that aren’t used.[2]
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    How do I search all of Craigslist for a certain item by owner only?

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    You can do that with For example to search all Craigslist cars for sale by owner just select cars/trucks from the drop down menu and search.

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    Sometimes websites have hidden information in their HTML code that isn't visible on the front end. You could try inspecting the website's HTML code (right-click and select "Inspect" on most browsers) to see if there's any contact information buried in there. Some ads might have a contact form that you can fill out instead of directly displaying an email address or phone number. You could try submitting the form and seeing if the ad poster responds.

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      How to Search All of Craigslist Nationwide: 7 Steps (2024)


      How to search all Craigslist locations at once in the USA? ›

      How to search all of Craigslist at once
      1. — Web app.
      2. SearchTempest — Web app.
      3. CPlus for Craigslist — iOS and Android.
      4. Search All Junk — Web app.
      Mar 29, 2021

      Why can't I search all of Craigslist? ›

      Craigslist doesn't have many options for searching the site, and there's no built-in way to search all Craigslist sites at once — you're limited to your selected location. You can use to search all of Craigslist at once, but it offers little help with filtering or organization.

      Is there an app that searches all of Craigslist? ›

      SearchTempest: Search all of Facebook Marketplace, craigslist & more.

      How do you search multiple terms on Craigslist? ›

      "OR" Search: You can find postings with one or multiple terms by using the vertical bar symbol between words. Grouping: You can group terms together in parenthesis when queries are complicated. Wildcards: You can search for different forms of a word by using the star symbol.

      How do you select multiple cities on Craigslist? ›

      Changing Cities

      If Craigslist is automatically loading your true location, and you have decided that you want to list an item for sale on another city's site, click the "Craigslist" title menu on the upper left side of the page. Doing so will direct you to a master list of Craigslist's available cities.

      Is Craigslist declining? ›

      Craigslist's traffic is also falling steadily. In 2019, it was as high as 437 million monthly visits, according to Similarweb; in January this year it was just 173 million. Still impressive, but down more than 60%. Even so, it's the leader in both revenue and traffic, ahead of Mercari and OfferUp.

      Can you search Craigslist by state? ›

      Three options are available for locations in America: "nearby cl" for city locations close to the location Craigslist detects as yours; "US cities" for a list of large, commonly searched cities; and "US states," which brings up a list of all 50 states as well as Washington D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico.

      How do you unblock Craigslist? ›

      Disguising your IP address with a VPN is the best method to unblock Craigslist and use it as usual. However, not every service is capable of bypassing Craigslist's blocking of VPNs.

      What site is better than Craigslist? ›

      The best alternative to Craigslist, in our opinion, is Offer Up. The app offers a robust array of listings, is easy to use, includes a verified account feature, and includes buyer ratings. Other worthy alternatives to Craigslist include Facebook Marketplace, Locanto, Mercari, and Recycler.

      Which is the real Craigslist app? ›

      Postings. Postings is an Android app that shows ads and classifieds from Craigslist. It offers multiple layouts for different user preferences and supports multiple location searches. You can save favorite ads, sort and filter listings, and remove ads with an in-app purchase.

      How do I search local Craigslist? ›

      If Craigslist doesn't detect your hometown automatically, you can easily change your region in just a few moments.
      1. Navigate to in your Web browser. ...
      2. Select the best menu option from the list of regions on the right to access additional options. ...
      3. Select the correct city or state as your preference.

      Which country uses Craigslist the most? ›

      Craigslist receives traffic from all over the world, with 75.81% coming from the US alone.
      • United States – 190 million visitors (75.81%);
      • Guam – 45 million visitors (17.98%);
      • Canada – 7.7 million (3.07%);
      • China – 1.7 million (0.68%); and.
      • UK – 705.4K (0.28%).

      Which city uses Craigslist the most? ›

      In order of most visited, the Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Seattle and Chicago sites have seen the most traffic over Alexa's three-month data collection period.

      Is Craigslist popular in USA? ›

      With more than 80 million new classified advertisem*nts each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium.

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