Simple Computer Searches

A simple computer search functions like a search engine, allowing you to quickly search the items in your inventory for a general range of results.

The following table shows the items that you can search by and the attributes on which you can base each search:

Inventory Item

Searchable Attributes

Computers
(This includes both managed
and unmanaged computers.)

Computer name
MAC address
Bar code
IP address
Asset tag
Serial number
Username
Full name
Email address
Phone number
Position
Department
Building
Room

Applications

Application name

Local User Accounts

Username

Application Usage

Application name

Fonts

Font name

Package Receipts

Package receipt name

Plug-ins

Plug-in name

Printers

Printer name

Services

Service name

Software Updates

Software update name
Software update version

Note: Computers, and applications are searchable by default. The other items are searchable if Jamf Pro is configured to collect them as inventory. For more information, see Computer Inventory Collection Settings.

Search Syntax

This section explains the syntax to use for the following search functions:

  • Wildcard searches

  • Including multiple search terms

  • Excluding a search term

  • Returning all results

In general, searches are not case-sensitive.

Note: The default search preference is “Exact Match”. For most items, the option can be changed to either “Starts with” or “Contains”. (For more information, see Configuring Account Preferences.)

Wildcard Searches

Asterisks (*) function as wildcard characters in simple searches. The following table explains the different ways asterisks can be used to refine a search:

Usage

Example

Use an asterisk after a search term to return all results with attributes that begin with that term.

Perform an application search for “Adobe*” to return all applications that begin with “Adobe”.

Use an asterisk before a search term to return all results with attributes that end with that term.

Perform a computer search for
“*@mycompany.com” to return all computers with email addresses that end with “@mycompany.com”.

Use an asterisk before and after a search term to return all results that include that term.

Perform an application search for “*Word*” to return all applications that include “Word”.

Use an asterisk without any other terms to return all results for the item you are searching.

Perform a application search for “*” to return all application.

Including Multiple Search Terms

Use multiple search terms separated by a comma (,) to return all results that include those search terms.

For example, perform an application search for “Adobe*, *.app” to return all applications that begin with “Adobe” and end with “.app”.

Excluding a Search Term

Use a hyphen (-) before a search term to exclude results that include the term.

For example, perform a printer search for “abc*, -*West” to return all printers that begin with “abc” except for those that end with “West”.

Returning All Results

There are two ways to return all results: use an asterisk (*) without any other characters or terms, or perform a blank search.

Performing a Simple Computer Search

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search Inventory.

  4. Choose an item from the Search pop-up menu.

  5. Enter one or more search terms in the field(s) provided.
    For information on the syntax to use to refine your search, see Search Syntax.

  6. Press the Enter key.
    The list of search results is displayed.

If you searched for an item other than computers, you can view the computers associated with a result by clicking Expand images/download/thumbnails/16441247/Icon_Expand.png next to the result. You can also change the item on which the results are based by choosing an item from the pop-up menu at the top of the page.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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