# Method: contacts.search

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Returns users found by username substring.

# Parameters:

Name Type Description Required
q string Target substring Yes
limit int Maximum number of users to be returned Yes

# Return type: contacts.Found

# Can bots use this method: NO

# MadelineProto Example (now async for huge speed and parallelism!):

if (!file_exists('madeline.php')) {
    copy('https://phar.madelineproto.xyz/madeline.php', 'madeline.php');
include 'madeline.php';

$MadelineProto = new \danog\MadelineProto\API('session.madeline');

$contacts_Found = $MadelineProto->contacts->search(['q' => 'string', 'limit' => int, ]);

Or, if you’re into Lua:

contacts_Found = contacts.search({q='string', limit=int, })

# Errors

Code Type Description
400 QUERY_TOO_SHORT The query string is too short
400 SEARCH_QUERY_EMPTY The search query is empty
-503 Timeout Timeout while fetching data
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