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You can index attachments, meaning files such as Word and PDF documents. For a list of supported formats, see the Apache Tika documentation.

To index attachments using the .NET API, create an instance of a class that has a property of type Attachment (found in the EPiServer.Find namespace). The Attachment class constructor has a single parameter of type Func<FileStream>. Another class, FileAttachment (also in the EPiServer.Find namespace) requires a file path as a constructor parameter.


You create a class named Document.

public class Document
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public Attachment Attachment { get; set; }

You can index an instance of the Document class to index a Word document along with some meta data (Name in this example).

var path = "TestData/Memoirs.docx";

var document = new Document()
    Name = "My memoirs",
    Attachment = new FileAttachment(path);


You can search the indexed Word document. For example, if it contains "Banana," the result variable below would contain a hit.

var result = client.Search<Document>()

Important note

At this time, a REST API issue causes an exception the first time an instance of a type with an Attachment property (document in this example) is indexed. This only happens the first time--after that, everything works as expected.

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Last updated: Feb 23, 2015

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