Global Search plugin for Substance Designer


Global Search is a plugin for Substance Designer extending its search capabilities. Searches can be made in multiple packages/folders/graphs/functions at a time using various filters. Requires Substance Designer 2019.2 or above.

Typical use cases

  • Search for terms in frames or comments, input parameters, variable names, graph names, function names etc. in multiple packages / graphs / folders / functions at once.
  • Determine which graph parameters have custom functions.
  • Determine which areas are left to be worked on or temporary and need to be removed before production using TODO and TMP markers.
  • Find specific variables/input parameters into functions including package functions involved in cooking errors.
  • Find places where specific variables are being assigned (Set) and retrieved (Get) in functions.
  • Find places where a specific package function is being called.


  • Searches text or presets into multiple packages/folders/graphs/functions from a user-defined search root. The list of possible search roots can be refreshed if items have been added/removed in the Explorer view.
  • Persistent search filters enabling to search into the following fields:    
    •  Graph name (ID or label)    
    •  Folder name (ID)   
    •  Comments and frames    
    • Package function names (ID or label)   
    • Package function input parameter names (ID)  
    • Variables or input parameters in function Get nodes (including Package function)    
    • Variables or input parameters in function Set nodes (including Package function)      
    • These search capabilities, in particular the ability to find variable Get/Set usage into package functions are especially useful when developing function code as cooking errors currently do not identify the package function in which an error is present. If the error is related to a variable, the search tool enables to quickly find it.
  • Search presets override search filters and search for specific information. The following presets are available:
    •  Param functions: searches all graph input parameters to which are assigned custom parameter functions. In a large graph, it is easy to loose track of the input parametters having custom functions, this preset lets you identify them.
    • TODO: searches for TODO strings that can be left in comments to indicate a feature left to implement. This way you can easily manage a TODO list of what's left to do in your graphs.
    • TMP: searches for TMP strings that can be left in comments to indicate a temporary feature that needs to be removed before final release.
  • Two search modes: Natural searches for text contained into the items determined by search filters. If not using Natural mode, search is made for exact match, in this case the * wildcard character may be used at the beginning or end of the search text find items by prefix or suffix. Search can be made case sensitive or not.
  • Search results presented as hierarchical (Tree) or flat (List) view. In List mode, search results can be sorted by column.
  • Persistent Search history keeping the last searches having returned results. Search History can be cleaned in Preferences.

Release Notes

  • Function calls inside user functions (either parameter functions or package functions) are now returned part of the search results. This way you can track all the areas where a specific function of yours is being called.
  • The search result context menu (right-click on a search result) has been enhanced with more menu items: you can now copy into the clipboard the location or found result term, but you can also launch a new search directly from a search result using the Search menu items.
  • Columns in the search result views now adapt their width automatically based on the length of the data they contain.
  • Long search results such as comment texts are now shown partially in order to reduce the column width occupation.
  • Clearing search history from Preferences now pops up a confirmation dialog.
  • The display of parameter functions (parameters being driven by functions) has been improved with a new icon and more consistent display between the tree and list modes of the search results view.
Standard Use License
License: Standard License
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For personal use and one commercial project (up to 2,000 sales or 20,000 views).


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