How to add a search function to your ChatGPT chats

Private and easy

Danielle H
3 min readApr 26, 2024

I have quite a few chats in my history now.

screenshot of chatGPT sidebar
Lots and lots more below

Mostly that doesn’t bother me, but sometimes I want to find that image or that code snippet, and… how?

Scrolling down, looking at the names? That is not the efficiency I want when using ChatGPT.

For reasons that escape me, OpenAI have not implemented this. There are a number of Chrome extensions, but I really didn’t have the patience to research each one and see if they are private or not. And frankly, I have ChatGPT at my fingertips, why not ask it for some JavaScript code that I can copy-paste into my console? You don’t get more private than that :) (Important: only do things like this if you actually speak JavaScript!)

sorceress with laptop in a mystical forest
ChatGPT at my fingertips (Fooocus)

So after a bit of inspecting and back and forth, here is the JavaScript snippet:

// Create the search input element
const searchInput = document.createElement('input');
searchInput.setAttribute('type', 'text');
searchInput.setAttribute('placeholder', 'Search chats...'); = '10px'; = '5px';

// Function to filter chat names based on search input
const filterChats = () => {
const searchTerm = searchInput.value.toLowerCase();
const chatItems = document.querySelectorAll('nav li'); // This selector targets <li> elements within the <nav>

chatItems.forEach(item => {
// the chat name is in a great- grandchild element
const chatNameElement = item.querySelector(':scope > * > * > * ');
//show element if it contains the search term
if (chatNameElement) {
const isVisible = chatNameElement.textContent.toLowerCase().includes(searchTerm); = isVisible ? '' : 'none';

// Add event listener to search input
searchInput.addEventListener('input', filterChats);

// Find the sidebar and append the search input
const sidebar = document.querySelector('nav'); // Assumes the sidebar is the <nav> element
sidebar.insertBefore(searchInput, sidebar.firstChild);

Copy-paste it into the console and press enter. And voilà! Your search bar is at your service :)

Screenshot of chatGPT sidebar with search bar
A thing of beauty


  1. This only searches the chat names, not the chat content
  2. It only searches visible chat names, so you might need to scroll down a bit to get to the general date you opened the chat (e.g. 3 months ago) so that the chats appear.
  3. No complex searches such as “flutter AND test” (yet).



If you’re feeling adventurous, and you don’t want to copy-paste into your console all the time, you can use tampermonkey to add the script to on a regular basis.

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Danielle H

I started programming in LabVIEW and Matlab, and quickly expanded to include Android, Swift, Flutter, Web(PHP, HTML, Javascript), Arduino and Processing.