Using jDownloads Search
A separate article is available for Joomla! Smart Search (opens in a new window/tab) in use with searching jDownloads.
The jDownloads Search allows searching for Downloads that meet user specified criteria. You can either search all Downloads or just those in a choosen Category.
For more details see create a menu item (opens in a separate page/tab).
The search form appears as shown opposite. Enter the required search words in 'Search Keyword:'. Note that the search keywords are case insensitive. They may be just a part of a word.
It is probably better to think as each 'word' separated by a space as a 'search string'. So the logic would be
All words: String1 AND String2 AND String3 ....
Any words: String1 OR String2 OR String3 ....
Exact Phase: treated as one string including spaces.
The first image opposite shows an example of using the 'Any words' option specifically with
Using the same search words but selecting 'All words' shows no results.
The Ordering pulldown selects the order in which the search results are shown.
Note that here the 'Category' option is an ordering of the Downloads by their containing categories.
For example one could use the selection
Search Results Ordering
If a particular search string is found multiple times in the same Download it only counts once in the total found.
The view on the right is the 'summary' whilst the view below is the result list of matching Downloads appended to the search.
Clicking on the names, in blue if using the default search template, will take the user to the specific download.
Some Downloads are visible for everyone, that is they have the Access Level set to Public.