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Umbraco 8 Examine How to Search Multiple DocTypes

Hi Guys,

I had a little trouble with this so thought I should post here how to Search Multiple DocTypes using Examine in Umbraco 8.

Here is the basics you need in place.

var searcher = index.GetSearcher();
var criteria = searcher.CreateQuery(IndexTypes.Content, BooleanOperation.Or);
var examineQuery = criteria.NodeTypeAlias("contentPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("blogDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("eventDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("officeDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("sectorDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("serviceDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("staffDetailsPage");

Hint* Remember to use BooleanOperation.Or. Before I used And and it was producing some strange results.

Here is the complete code.

public SearchPageSearch Search(SearchPageSearch searchPageSearch)
if (!_examineManager.TryGetIndex(Constants.UmbracoIndexes.ExternalIndexName, out IIndex index))
throw new InvalidOperationException($"No index found by name {Constants.UmbracoIndexes.ExternalIndexName}");var searcher = index.GetSearcher();
var criteria = searcher.CreateQuery(IndexTypes.Content, BooleanOperation.Or);
var examineQuery = criteria.NodeTypeAlias("contentPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("blogDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("eventDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("officeDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("sectorDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("serviceDetailsPage").Or().NodeTypeAlias("staffDetailsPage");if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(searchPageSearch.Keywords))
if (searchPageSearch.Keywords.Contains(" "))
string[] terms = searchPageSearch.Keywords.Split(' ');
examineQuery.And().GroupedOr(new[] { "contents" }, terms);
examineQuery.And().Field("contents", searchPageSearch.Keywords.MultipleCharacterWildcard());
}examineQuery.OrderByDescending(new SortableField[] { new SortableField("sortableDate") });int pageIndex = searchPageSearch.CurrentPage - 1;
int pageSize = searchPageSearch.ItemsPerPage;
ISearchResults searchResult = examineQuery.Execute(maxResults: pageSize * (pageIndex + 1));
IEnumerable<ISearchResult> pagedResults = searchResult.Skip(pageIndex * pageSize);
int totalResults = Convert.ToInt32(searchResult.TotalItemCount);
searchPageSearch.TotalItems = totalResults;
searchPageSearch.TotalPages = (totalResults + searchPageSearch.ItemsPerPage - 1) / searchPageSearch.ItemsPerPage;if (pagedResults != null && pagedResults.Count() > 0)
searchPageSearch.SearchPageResults = GetSearchPageResultFromSearch(pagedResults);}
catch (Exception e)
_logger.Error<SiteHelper>("Search | Exception: {0} | Message: {1}", e.InnerException != null ? e.InnerException.ToString() : "", e.Message != null ? e.Message.ToString() : "");
return searchPageSearch;

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David Armitage

.Net MVC Developer
.Net Core Developer
Umbraco Certified Master
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