Google: Search College Networks for Open Directories of Free Music and Video Files

Posted May 31, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Google

The following Tech-Recipes tutorial is an alteration of techrx’s famous mp3 Google search. This modification allows you to search focused networks for audio or video files.


College networks are famous for the amount of audio and video files kept on their servers. Thanks to a random forum post, I decided to search my college network for free downloads. I was pleasantly surprised.

In typical techrx style, I will try to explain my steps so that you can improve on the instructions. Here is my search string that will search all edu sites for mp3 files:


This isolates directories only:
-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" "Last modified"

This searches only educational sites. You can change it to a particular college if you want to focus your search.
site:edu

This obviously searches for mp3s. You can change it to avi or mpg if you want to search for video files.
mp3

To search all educational sites for video files, use the following:

Here I decided to search my area:

Google allows users to create very specialized and directed searches against a particular site. What files does your network hold?

Props to the original tech-recipe:

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