Radarly: Create a Query
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Written by Cheyenne V.
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The query tab

In your settings, create and modify the queries within your project.

  1. Create new search queries and focus queries

  2. Retrieve your project's queries

  3. Filter existing queries by different criteria

The difference between a search query and a focus query

Search queries allow capturing publications directly from the web and social networks on the project.

Focus queries are filters and allow you to organize, classify, and specify your searches within the data captured by search queries.

The syntax is the same for both types of queries.

How do I create a query?

To create a query, open the Query tab and click the + button. Choose the type of query:


Enter the name of your query. You can also customize its color and add a photo:


Search scope

For focus queries, a search scope must be specified. The search scope corresponds to the queries on which you want to apply your focus query. It allows either to limit the search to specific queries or exclude the results of certain queries.

By default, the focus query searches for all of the publications captured in your project.


Click on "+ Select query sources" to change the search scope.


Search terms

Queries are programmed using Boolean operators. A text can only be retained when it respects the characteristics defined by the Boolean operators. Inputs in the Radarly search bars should follow the same syntax.

Two modes are available for writing queries, the simple mode corresponds to simple queries and the expert mode uses simple and complex syntax.

Note: Since March 2024, in addition to boolean operators, you now also have the possibility to retrieve data based on logos and celebrities that have been detected within images. This feature can be activated if your Radarly package has the Logo & Celebrity Add-on.


The terms of the search do not take into account the case or symbols so we can find "Éléphant" by looking for "elephant".

Remember to use different spellings for the words you want to follow:

  • all the words attached (lecoqsportif/le coq sportif)

  • frequent typos (raphael nadal/rafael nadal)

  • plural and singular (jacket/ jackets)

  • female and male (citoyens/citoyennes)

Simple mode

Add or delete keywords using the editor in simple mode:

  1. The first field allows you to search for terms

  2. The second field allows you to specify the terms that must also be present in the publication.

  3. If one of the terms in the third field is present in a publication, the publication will be ignored.

In the example above, if the post includes the sentence: "I bought a Nike Tottenham Jacket", it will be picked up by Radarly. On the other hand, if the post includes the sentence: "Nike Tottenham Jacket for hockey", it will not be captured.

Expert mode


Why use the expert mode?

Expert mode allows you to go further in writing your queries and create more complex queries. With the use of parentheses and operators, you specify your requests for more relevant results.

Combining simple and complex syntactic keys with a specific syntax, you can achieve the finest level of search.

Before adding a new query with the expert mode in Radarly, we advise you to read this article on boolean operators in Radarly. We also recommend you to write the query on external tools like Notepad++ or Excel.


Use the filters tool to refine your query.


You can choose:

  1. Platforms

  2. Sentiments

  3. Countries

  4. Languages

  5. Corpus

  6. Lists of influencers


By default, Radarly will capture publications on all platforms, all tones, all countries, all languages without being limited to corpora or lists of influencers.

Preview your query results

When you create a query, Radarly allows you to preview the results of this query.

This overview corresponds to the results that meet your request , among all the Radarly projects active last month. The number at the top of the overview column allows you to know the approximate number of publications corresponding to your request over a month.


Searching for data in the past

When you create a search query, you can search for data in the past (warmup).

By clicking on the "Collect historical data" button, you retrieve the publications in the past and start a new capture.


Choose the recovery start date by clicking on the date. If you exceed the volume of publications in your pack, a pop-up will notify you.


Customize the period of data collection as you see fit:


Notifications appear on your query when data retrieval is in progress.


Data retrieval in the past refers to publications in our "warmup", that is to say, among all the publications collected by all of Radarly's active projects over the period.
If you want to recover the exhaustiveness of the publications on Twitter, send a request by email to your account manager.

Validate your changes

Click Update to confirm your changes. All you have to do is add your query to a workspace.

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