Area: Optimizely Search & Navigation
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Use filters to narrow down search results, or use them for database-like queries. This topic explains how to filter search results based on enum, with the Filter method in Optimizely Search & Navigation. 

How it works

You can use the Filter method to filter enum and nullable enum fields in a couple of ways, as shown in the following use cases and examples.

Note: Currently, there is support only for filtering by exact matching of values for enums. That is, bitwise comparison for enum types that have the Flags attribute is not baked into the Match method but must be done explicitly.

Matching by value

For exact matching, use the Match method. The following search matches blog posts whose PublishState property is a specific enum value. The LINQ equivalent is Where(x => x.PublishState == PublishState.Published).

var searchQuery = client.Search<BlogPost>()
    .Filter(x => x.PublishState.Match(PublishState.Published));


To search for documents where an enum field has a value, use the Exists method. The following search finds blog posts that has an Approved property with a value. In other words, the following code is similar to the LINQ query Where(x => x.PublishState.HasValue).

var searchQuery = client.Search<BlogPost>()
    .Filter(x => x.PublishState.Exists());
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Last updated: Oct 31, 2016

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