Debit & Credit User Guide

Search Operators

When To Use Them

The search in Debit & Credit was designed to work with all available information. For instance, if you enter “cafe” into the search box the app will find all transactions with this word. All transaction fields will be used, such as description, category, tag and payee.

In many cases this is exactly what is needed however sometimes extra granularity might be required. For instance, you might want to see only transactions with a particular payee or category. This is when search operators can be used.

How To Use Them

The following search operators are supported: description, category, payee, tag, notes and year. The following examples demonstrate how to use them:

category:coffee - search for all transactions with coffee category
gift payee:”Apple Store” - search for all transactions with payee Apple Store and the word “gift” used anywhere (description, notes, tag, etc). Quotes for Apple Store were necessary since more than one word was used with the search operator
year:2014 description:John - search for all transactions made in 2014 and where “John” was used as a description

So as you can see multiple search operators can be used at once alongside with any other regular search query. It is also important to remember use quotes if more than word is used for an operator.

Handy Tip

You can always export your search results from the Mac app. While having your search results displayed, select “Import / Export” in the menu bar and then select the relevant export menu item. Enable “Only transactions matching search criteria” option.


Search operators require Debit & Credit 2.7 or higher.

Related topics: payee locations, general information about transactions, split categories.