How to Find an IMDB Number

by Jayme RichardsUpdated September 22, 2017
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IMDB stands for "Internet Movie Database" and is the largest collection of information relating to films, television shows, actors and production crew available on the Internet. The site contains technical information about movies and television shows as well as ratings, discussion boards and trivia. The database is popular due to it's extensive nature, in that obscure, indie or cult movies are also available to be searched and kept record of. One can refer to movies by their IMDB number, which thanks for IMDB's widespread notoriety, can also be used on other websites.

Visit the IMDB homepage by typing "" into your browser's web address bar.

Locate the search field at the top of the web page. Make sure that the first drop-down field is selected on "all." In the field to the left of the "all" field, type the name of the movie you wish to find the IMDB number for. Press "Go" when finished.

Choose the correct film or television show from the list of search results. Your choice will usually be the first selection on the screen. However, if the film you are searching for is more obscure or there are multiple films with the same name, you may have to inspect the results for the correct selection. A couple ways you can easily find the correct film is by identifying the release date, country of origin or the poster art.

Look at the address bar in your browser when you are on the correct movie's IMDB page. The URL will look like the following: "" The IMDB number is the number located at the end of the URL, including any zeros. Ensure that you omit the "tt" when referring to the number as well. The number can be used to quickly reference a movie or to cross check films on other movie sites that use the IMDB number system.


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Jayme Richards has been writing since 2005, and also works in radio. His writing has been published in a variety of university newspapers, such as "The Uniter" and "The Projector." Richards has a diploma in creative communications from Red River College in Winnipeg and a joint degree in communications from the University of Winnipeg.

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