I'd like to know if it's possible to craft a URL that performs a Contacts search – Something akin to typing a name into the search box in the navigation menu. For a non-functional example of what I mean, to search for "joe":


The goal would be to have this URL result in the same page that results when I manually type "joe" into the search box in the navigation menu, and hit "enter".

I'm trying to develop a script in my operating system (at our organization, Mac OS and we all use apple iphones that I can use Workflow to make scripts for) that allows me to select text, like "joe", right-click it to open a menu, select the script that I've titled "CiviCRM Lookup", and then a browser window opens, and enters a url that includes "joe". I can do all the above, except figure out what kind of URL would execute such a search in CiviCRM!

I'm using Civi 4.6.2 and Drupal 7.

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You can do this via full text search which gives you slightly different results than contact, but might meet your needs. If you are logged in to the demo server,check:


  • This works about as well as I could ask for! Thank you. May 15, 2015 at 2:22

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