Is there a way to search for posts that have links to other posts?

Say I have this post link text.

and I want to find all posts that have that linked in. Is there a way to do this?

If I just put the number in the search, it only finds that post. I want to find other posts as there is a lot of: I saw this answer(link) but my situation is different...I want to find the "different" ones as one of those might work for me instead of pushing in a new one.

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    I think it would be a very useful feature.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Feb 25, 2010 at 2:33
  • that'd be really cool, I agree :)
    – warren
    Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 19:12
  • That's pretty much what my project at HREF Overflow: A tool to find cross-references between the trilogy sites does. Is supposed to do, rather; it's based on the September data dump, so probably not that useful.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Mar 11, 2010 at 7:37
  • It's been updated now.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 17:20
  • Of course, it is 5am and Jeff is busy tagging away.. such an odd sleep schedule
    – Earlz
    Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 9:57
  • Can I just say that I love this solution/resolution, thanks for a very useful feature that I use often! Commented Jan 19, 2011 at 21:05

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No there is no built in way to do that.


There's no built-in method for that, but you can find them if they're indexed by google by searching (using your example):


See here:

The query [link:] will list webpages that have links to the specified webpage. For instance, [link:www.google.com] will list webpages that have links pointing to the Google homepage. Note there can be no space between the "link:" and the web page url.

This functionality is also accessible from the Advanced Search page, under Page Specific Search > Links.

  • This will give a lot of false positives due to the "Related" column on the right side of a page. Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 10:33

This is deployed experimentally to meta. Notice there is a new Linked Posts column on the right, above the existing Related Posts.

Linked posts are built by scanning all post bodies and all comment bodies for strings matching


Once "linked", the links are visible on both sides.

  • Sample: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/47634, "How are the rules different on meta?". 12 items in the "Linked" column. Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 10:48
  • @Jeff Atwood: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/46008, "Threshold for turning posts to CW Mode, on 8th revision or 9th?", has a link in an answer to meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/11740, "What are “Community Wiki” posts?". However “Community Wiki” posts?" has another post in the "Linked" column: "Losing my Way on the Meaning of “Subjective and Argumentative”". Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 12:04
  • OK, I got it. Editing meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/46008 brought in the 3 outbound links in comments and answers. Now there is a Linked section in meta.stackexchange.com/questions/46008 with 3 items. Ref.: comments to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40952/… Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 12:28
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    Does this work across sites?
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 12:51
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    @balpha not at the moment Commented Apr 25, 2010 at 20:59

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