Use These Secret Codes To Unlock Netflix's Hidden Categories

Use These Secret Codes to Unlock Netflix's Hidden Categories

Here's a trick that's been around for a while but may have passed you by: secret category codes added by Netflix engineers that can help you narrow down your on-demand video choices. From classic war movies to Brazilian dramas, here's how to dig deeper into the Netflix library.

Whenever you dive into a genre on the Netflix website you get a URL that looks something like -- and if you play around with that end number you can discover some hidden gems. How about visually striking films for ages 5-7? Or period pieces? We've found one unofficial list online, here.

Lifehacker also just covered 11 Hidden Netflix Tricks And Shortcuts You Might Not Know Existed.

Use These Secret Codes to Unlock Netflix's Hidden Categories

Not all of these codes work, which isn't surprising given the hidden nature of the feature, the constantly shifting Netflix catalogue, and the variations between countries, but a lot of them do. It's fun turning up a few obscure films that you might not otherwise have discovered.

If you've got time on your hands then it's not difficult to build up your own list of sub-genres by changing the number at the end of the given URL. If you're interested in how Netflix organizes its content and what these categories are for, read this Atlantic article where Alexis Madrigal first happened upon them.



    My biggest complaint about Netflix is it is so hard to navigate. Would be great if you could search via a list of categories like those provided in this handy list!

    Last edited 14/01/16 7:23 pm

    This is old. Its very useful though if you go to the US netflix and get the urls for their categories, then apply it on the AU website. There is some great content on AU netflix you will never find because they simplified the categories.

    One example, anime categroy in US.

    It's nice to have these codes instead of what the system suggests. Having a small selection of these codes is a great way to find movies and TV shows.

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