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Trello API search for cards with multi-word labels

Hello Community,

I'd like to ask about Trello API search options and possibilities. (

I'm trying to search for specific Trello Cards which have multiple labels - if I choose labels, which are one-word long ('One', 'Two',..) it works fine, however problem is when  I try to search for cards which have multi-word labels (eg. 'All Clients', 'Something else',..). Passing multi-word label to search parameter causes the label to get truncated and only first word is used for search.

What I have tried so far:

  • Search query - unfortunately when using 'label:All clients' search would be performed for label:All - which is not correct

Other option would be to parse ALL Trello Board labels and use the label ID(s) to search for cards which have attached label with specific label ID(s).

Technically it's possible to load ALL cards, and filter the results by labelId, but is there really no other option to accomplish such task with the Trello API?


Thanks for any insights!


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Iain Dooley Community Leader Feb 04, 2019

@Tom Piešťanský If you want to do a multi word search you need to enclose the search term in double quotes eg.:

board:iaindooley label:"sales follow up"

Thank you for the answer@Iain Dooley, I remember trying single quotes, which did not work. Double quotes work like a charm. 

Thanks again!


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Is it possible to filter by multiple labels each one with multiple words?

In trello's site works OK. The URL is something like this:,label:s%20-%20two,label:a%20-%20three,mode:and

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marc Community Leader Feb 04, 2019

@Tom Piešťanskýwhat often helps is to encode a space with e.g. %20.  E.g. you example 'Something else' would become 'Something%20else'.  I have not tried this specifically for search in Trello, but it works in other cases in Trello.

Hi thanks for the reply, I have forgot to mention that I have tried that as well, unfortunately it did not work in this case.

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