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Getting Started with the Search REST API in SharePoint 2013 Preview

We have a brand new REST based API for interacting with Search in SharePoint 2013 Preview.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information out there yet on how to interact with it.  I have pieced together a couple of bits to help get you started.  If you are looking to bring Search into an HTML / JavaScript based application, you’ll be able to get started right away.  The first piece of the puzzle is putting together the right URL to access Search via REST.  To do this, we start with the server name and append /_api/search/query.  Just typing this into the browser will start giving you useful information.  For example:

http://server/_api/search/query

SearchRESTAPIDefault

If you look towards the bottom, you will see the Key SerializedQuery.  This actually shows you the parameters passed into the request.  It also provides you a hint as to what type of parameters you can pass to the REST interface.  The one that might immediately stand out is QueryText.  This is the actual search query.  Think of it as the equivalent of what you type into the search box.  There are a few other parameters that you can customize here as well such as the SummaryLength, MaxSnippetLength. and more.  Let’s try adding QueryText to our URL and passing in a value.

http://server/_api/search/query?querytext=SharePoint

SearchRESTAPIFailedQuery

It turns out the value always has to be enclosed in single quotes (‘) like this:

http://server/_api/search/query?querytext=’SharePoint’

Now, we get some results:

SearchRESTAPIResults

The search results themselves are included in the d:RelevantResults element.  It contains an element d:Table which has   Bare with me as I am going to post the XML for one of the results so that we can inspect it further.

<d:element m:type="SP.SimpleDataRow">

  <d:Cells>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Rank</d:Key>

      <d:Value>20.268159866333</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Double</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>DocId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>31</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>WorkId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>31</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Title</d:Key>

      <d:Value>Getting the most out of SharePoint Search</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Author</d:Key>

      <d:Value>Corey Roth;SharePoint Setup</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Size</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2425342</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Path</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared Documents/Getting the most out of SharePoint Search - SharePoint Saturday Denver.pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Description</d:Key>

      <d:Value>

        Template: Sam Moore; Silver Fox Productions, Inc.&#xD;

        Formatting:&#xD;

        Event Date: October 3-6th, 2011&#xD;

        Event Location: Anaheim, CA&#xD;

        Audience Type: Internal/External

      </d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Write</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2011-11-10T00:00:00.0000000</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.DateTime</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>CollapsingStatus</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>HitHighlightedSummary</d:Key>

      <d:Value xml:space="preserve">Passed all &lt;c0&gt;SharePoint&lt;/c0&gt; 2010 certification exams &lt;ddd/&gt; Introduce Search in &lt;c0&gt;SharePoint&lt;/c0&gt; Online &lt;ddd/&gt; The talk will be slides with quite a few demos of &lt;c0&gt;SharePoint&lt;/c0&gt; Online features &lt;ddd/&gt; </d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>HitHighlightedProperties</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>contentclass</d:Key>

      <d:Value>STS_ListItem_DocumentLibrary</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureThumbnailURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ServerRedirectedURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ServerRedirectedEmbedURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ServerRedirectedPreviewURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>FileExtension</d:Key>

      <d:Value>pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ContentTypeId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0x010100B1CF83A7F86DFC468C975FFF33126DFD</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ParentLink</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ViewsLifeTime</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ViewsRecent</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SectionNames</d:Key>

      <d:Value xml:space="preserve">Getting the most out of SharePoint Search&#xD;

;Getting the most out of SharePoint Search&#xD;

;Corey Roth&#xD;

About me&#xD;

;Key Theme&#xD;

;SharePoint is not a…&#xD;

;SharePoint is a…&#xD;

;Challenges with Search&#xD;

;Agenda&#xD;

;Key Takeaways&#xD;

;You have a choice…&#xD;

;What can search index?&#xD;

;Search in SharePoint&#xD;

;Components of Search&#xD;

;Finding things easier…&#xD;

;Improve search with queries&#xD;

;Built-in Managed Properties&#xD;

;Segmenting results with Scopes&#xD;

;Querying Search and Scopes&#xD;

;Provide more search options&#xD;

;Many options for displaying scopes&#xD;

</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SectionIndexes</d:Key>

      <d:Value>1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12;13;14;15;16;17;18;19;20</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SiteLogo</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SiteDescription</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>deeplinks</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>importance</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SiteName</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>IsDocument</d:Key>

      <d:Value>true</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Boolean</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>LastModifiedTime</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2011-11-10T00:00:00.0000000</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.DateTime</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>FileType</d:Key>

      <d:Value>pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>IsContainer</d:Key>

      <d:Value>false</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Boolean</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>WebTemplate</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>SecondaryFileExtension</d:Key>

      <d:Value>pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>OriginalPath</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared Documents/Getting the most out of SharePoint Search - SharePoint Saturday Denver.pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>DisplayAuthor</d:Key>

      <d:Value>Corey Roth;SharePoint Setup</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Created</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2012-07-26T23:21:29.0000000</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.DateTime</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PeopleInMedia</d:Key>

      <d:Value></d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>MediaDuration</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureWidth</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureHeight</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>DefaultEncodingURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value>http://sp2010/Shared%20Documents/Getting%20the%20most%20out%20of%20SharePoint%20Search%20-%20SharePoint%20Saturday%20Denver.pptx</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ExternalMediaURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>UserEncodingURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Community_MembersCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Community_RepliesCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Community_TopicsCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ReplyCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int64</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>LikesCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_BestAnswerID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_Category</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_Post</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Discussion_LikesCount</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ListItemID</d:Key>

      <d:Value>6</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>FullPostBody</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PostAuthor</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RootPostOwnerID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RootPostID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>AttachmentType</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>AttachmentURI</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>MicroBlogType</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ModifiedBy</d:Key>

      <d:Value>

        Corey Roth

 

        SharePoint Setup

      </d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RootPostUniqueID</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>Tags</d:Key>

      <d:Value></d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ImageDateCreated</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PictureURL</d:Key>

      <d:Value m:null="true" />

      <d:ValueType>Null</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ResultTypeIdList</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2;6</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>PartitionId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0c37852b-34d0-418e-91c6-2ac25af4be5b</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Guid</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>UrlZone</d:Key>

      <d:Value>0</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int32</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>AAMEnabledManagedProperties</d:Key>

      <d:Value>HierarchyUrl;OrgParentUrls;OrgUrls;OriginalPath;Path;recommendedfor;SitePath</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>ResultTypeId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>2</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.Int32</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>RenderTemplateId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_PowerPoint.js</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

    <d:element m:type="SP.KeyValue">

      <d:Key>piSearchResultId</d:Key>

      <d:Value>1_1</d:Value>

      <d:ValueType>Edm.String</d:ValueType>

    </d:element>

  </d:Cells>

</d:element>

As you can see, we now get a ton of information back from Search for a given search result.  Let me point out some of the more interesting values.  We have the usual values such as Title, Path, Author, Write (Modified Date), and HitHighlightedSummary.  However, we also get a ton of new information.  For images, you will get a PictureThumbnailUrl to allow you to easily show a thumbnail.  This particular result is a PowerPoint and search understands the individual sections inside it now which you will see in SectionNamesSiteName provides the site hosting the item.  Tags will provide any use of the Enterprise Keywords field.  You also get a heap of social information about the item as well such as how many likes.  Lastly, the RenderTemplateId tells you which template the result source is using to display it on the search results page.  This is just one example, but you can see we get a lot of useful information about the search.

Looking at the XML in the browser is a great way to get familiar with what the API has to offer.  When you are ready to start developing, it is very easy to take advantage of the REST API using JavaScript.  You can do this with the $.ajax() method in jQuery and pass in the URL you used in the browser.  You want to use the GET method and pass in a header telling it you want the results back as json.  They have a good example of how this works on code.msdn.microsoft.com.  Specifically, take a look at App.js in the example to see the code in action.  It’s pretty simple.

If you want to take advantage of the REST API from C# or another .NET language, that is another story though.  I haven’t been able to add a service reference for the REST API.  All of the server side code examples I have seen call the REST API using HttpWebRequest which requires no less than 60 lines of code or so.  I am hoping there is a better way but I haven’t seen one yet.  If you have had better luck be sure and let me know.

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Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
The Founder of NostaLab and a member of the Google Health Advisory Board, John is a unique combination of strategic thinker, marketer and entrepreneur. His career was built on the "science of advertising" combining strategy, creativity and marketing for industry-leading results. Combined with his ability to communicate complicated scientific concepts in a way that consumers and scientists alike can appreciate, John is a sought-after speaker for conferences on the forefront of healthcare science,...
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project result...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abilit...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessio...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...