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Templating / Implementing Search

There are three ways to search. You can use the global search, which searches through all the ContentTypes. You can also use the listing search, which searches through the ContentType of the listing page. Or you can use the search which is provided in the {% setcontent .. %} tag.

Bolt searches through all fields that a ContentType has. Note that Relations do not show up in the search results, but the actual records these relations point to should show up, if the search term is found.

Searching is case insensitive, and normalised. This means that a search for 'CAFE' or 'cafe' is equal, and either will show records that have the word 'Café' in it.

The global search will search through all ContentTypes excluding the ones where 'searchable' is set to false.

You can initiate the search by visiting the URL /search?q=SEARCH.

The template that is used for search by default, is defined in your config.yaml file:

# Template for showing the search results. If not defined, uses the settings
# for listing_template and listing_records
search_results_template: listing.twig
search_results_records: 10

In the template you have access to three variables:

  • records - the search result records
  • searchTerm - the sanitized search query

Example use case:

{% if records|length == 0 %}
        {{ searchresult.no_of_results }} results for {{ searchTerm }} found.
{% else %}
    {% for record in records %}
            <a href="{{ record|link }}">{{ record.title }}</a>
    {% endfor %}
{% endif %}

Listing search / filter

The listing search allows you to search through the records of the listing page that you are currently on. As such, it is useful for creating custom filters to get a subset from all published records.

Note that the listing search is configured in config.yaml:

# Allow filtering on listing pages using query parameters, much like you
# would with {% setcontent %}. E.g. /pages?order=id and /pages?title=%voluptat%
# Useful for search.
query_search: true

The listing search uses query parameters that work just as the where parameters for setcontent.

For example, to filter all pages that contain the word lorem you'd go to /pages?anyField=%lorem%. The setcontent equivalent of the results is:

{% setcontent records = 'pages' where { anyField: '%lorem%' } %}

Using this, it is easy to create a search form on any listing page:

    <input type="text" name="anyField--like">
    <input type="submit">

Note: By adding the --like modifier to the name of the input, Bolt will broaden the search to include any field that _contains_ the keyword.

You can search on specific fields, for example if we have this ContentType definition:

    name: Pages
    singular_name: Page
        type: text
        type: html
        type: select
        values: [ post, article, announcement ]

Then, we can add this form to the listing page:

    <select name="pagetype">
       <option value="post">Posts</option>
       <option value="article">Articles</option>
       <option value="announcement">Announcements</option>
    <input type="submit">

Every time a user submits the form, the link will update, e.g. /pages?pagetype=post and it will contain only the records where the select is exactly post.

This search allows you to specify exactly where the search should look. It works just like a normal {% setcontent %}.

Some examples:

{# search for 'Waldo' in the ContentType 'pages' #}
{% setcontent results = 'pages/search' where { filter: 'waldo' } %}

{# search for 'Waldo' in the ContentType 'pages' and return only the first 5 results #}
{% setcontent results = 'pages/search/5' where { filter: 'waldo' } %}

{# search for 'Waldo' in the ContentType 'pages' and the ContentType 'entries' #}
{% setcontent results = '(pages,entries)/search' where { filter: 'waldo' } %}

If you're not getting the results you're expecting, use {{ dump(results) }} to dump the set of results, or add the printquery parameter at the end of the {% setcontent %}-tag.

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