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Second Life® content can be located through either our website or the Viewer. In both locations, there are multiple options for locating content, searchable by keyword or browse, to help you find just what you need. Beginning with Viewer 1.23 and higher, results are filtered by maturity, to help you narrow down the type of content that you are searching for. For more information about maturity ratings, see Maturity ratings: an overview.

Web Search Options

Locate content in Second Life without logging into the Viewer, from any one of these three Second Life web pages:

Second Life Search

Use Second Life Search to find results by keyword in:

  • Events
  • Groups
  • People
  • Places
  • Second Life Wiki
Select All of Second Life from the dropdown to search all categories at once. Results are ranked on both relevance to your search terms and on popularity of the item. Only PG results are available through Second Life Search. If you'd like to search for Mature and Adult content, you will need to download the latest Viewer. See, Setting your maturity preferences for more information about how to view additional types of content in Second Life.

Community: Classifieds

Browse through the Classified Ad listings in Second Life. You can narrow your results list by category:

  1. Click +More Options
  2. Select a category from the dropdown
  3. Click Submit

Anyone can view classifieds that are listed as PG. However, you will need to log into the website to be able to browse through Mature or Adult listings. The ability to filter based on maturity is located under More Options > Rating. You also need to have set your maturity preferences in the Viewer to PG, Mature and Adult to view adult Classified listings. See Setting your maturity preferences for information.

Community: Events

Second Life events are created on the Events website. In addition to creating events, this site can be used to search for inworld events. By default, the event listings are ordered by the current date, starting with in-progress events up to upcoming events. Use the calendar to search for future events by clicking a calendar date. The event search tool includes a dropdown. Select a category from the menu to narrow your search selection.Anyone can view events that are listed as PG, but you will need to log into the website to be able to browse through Mature or Adult listings. The ability to filter based on maturity is located under More Options > Rating. You also need to have set your maturity preferences in the Viewer to PG, Mature and Adult for access to Mature or Adult events. See Setting your maturity preferences for information.

Viewer Search Options

All tab

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All Search provides results for Events, Groups, People, Places, and Wiki. The search category dropdown provides the ability to search through any one of these categories, or all of them by using the Any Category option. Results on this tab are ranked according to relevance to the keyword, and popularity of the item. This is the same search used on the website, but also includes Mature and Adult content. Beginning with the latest Viewer, search results can also be sorted by content rating. Residents who are adult verified have the option to search for adult content in addition to PG and mature content.

PG Content

If your preferences are set for PG and Mature or Pg, Mature and Adult, you can still search for PG only search results. Check the box next to PG content on the All tab search window. Type your search into the Find: box and click the Search button.

KBnote.png Note: Note: PG search results are anything listed on a PG or Mature Region that is not set to Mature, and which does not contain adult keywords.

Mature Content Include mature content in your search results by checking the box next to Mature content in the search window.

KBnote.png Note: Note: Mature search results are anything listed on a PG or Mature Region that's been flagged as containing mature content (in the Options tab of the About Land window, select the Mature Content checkbox) and does not contain Adult keywords.

Adult Content Similarly, checking the Adult content box adds Adult content to your search results.

KBnote.png Note: Note: Anything on an Adult Region is Adult content. Refer to the "Transition" section below for further information.

Classifieds, Events, Land Sales, Places

Adult content search is available on these tabs when:

  1. An account is verified
  2. Adult Preferences are enabled
  3. Adult content box is checked on the search tab.

If an Adult keyword is entered in search without account verification, Adult preferences set, and the Adult content box checked, the adult keyword will be filtered from the search query, providing results using the remaining keywords entered.Classified and Events Tabs New classifieds and events created in Viewer 1.23 or higher will be filtered for maturity content. Residents attempting to create a classified or event using Adult terms on non-Adult land, will receive an error message. There may be Classifieds and Events that were created before the release of Viewer 1.23 that could turn up in non-Adult search results. During the transition phase, these listings should be edited by Residents who created them to show in the appropriate maturity rating. They will also phase out once the classified term or event expires. These types of classifieds and events will not show in the All search results. If you find a classified or event listing in an inappropriate maturity category through search, please file an Abuse Report.Land Sales TabOn this tab:

  • PG only search results in PG Region listings
  • Mature search results in Mature Region listings
  • Adult search results in Adult Region listings.

Parcels on Adult Regions show in Land Sales search results only if the Region they are in is Adult.Places Tab Similar to the Land Sales tab, parcels on Adult Regions show in Places search results only if the Region they are in is Adult.

KBnote.png Note: Note: During the transition period, the Adult checkbox is listed as part of the About Land settings. Once the transition period ends, this option will no longer be part of the About Land window.


The Showcase tab includes sortable links of the Showcase listings found on our website. All listings have a maturity rating of PG.

People tab

We do not filter keywords when searching for avatar names or profiles. Information in Resident profiles should be PG. Please refer to our Community Standards to review our policy.

Groups tab

Searches conducted in the Groups tab will filter the same way as with All search. Groups can be marked as Mature or left unchecked for non-Mature groups. Use of Adult keywords in the group's name or Group Charter will cause the result to be filtered and only show up in Adult searches.


There will be a transition period while adult content is moved to Adult regions. During this transition some adult listings may still show up in PG and Mature searches, however the maturity ratings policy is still in effect. If you have mature content objects set to show in search, check the Mature Content box on the About Land > Options tab on the parcel where the object is rezzed. If your parcel is adult-themed, you will want to make sure you are located on an Adult region. You can help us refine our adult filtering by submitting a support request if your listing is showing up or is blocked incorrectly. If you find search results listing objects that do not match PG or Mature search filters, please submit an Abuse Report. If you have objects on PG or Mature land that use adult keywords, those objects should not be shown in search to avoid Abuse Reports filed for your objects.


My account is verified but I cannot access all of the content checkboxes. Why are they unavailable?

By default, each Resident account in Second Life has access to PG and Mature content. If you have verified your account, Adult content is available to you. If you are unable to access Mature or Adult content checkboxes, your maturity preference may be set to PG or PG and Mature, respectively. View Setting your maturity preferences and How to become verified as an adult.

I want to make sure my objects show up in search with the correct maturity rating. What can I do?

Information about the Region you are in, including Region name, coordinates, maturity and parcel name are located at the top of your Viewer.

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If your Region is listed as PG, make sure any objects you set to show in search are also PG. If your Region is listed as Mature and you would like to show mature objects in search, check the Mature Content box in the About Land window's Options tab.

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I don't see the Adult option in my Preferences. How do I add that option?

The latest Viewer 1.23 along with account verification are necessary to access the Adult Preference setting.