searchEntity: query

Namespace: microsoft.graph


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Runs the query specified in the request body. Search results are provided in the response.


Resources used in a Microsoft Search API request and response have had properties renamed or removed, or are being deprecated. Find more details about the deprecation. Update search API queries in any earlier apps accordingly.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) Mail.Read, Mail.ReadWrite, Calendars.Read, Calendars.ReadWrite, Files.Read.All, Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.Read.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All, ExternalItem.Read.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application Not supported.

HTTP request

POST /search/query

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.
Content-type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, provide a JSON object with the following parameters.

Parameter Type Description
requests searchRequest collection A collection of one or more search requests each formatted in a JSON blob. Each JSON blob contains the types of resources expected in the response, the underlying sources, paging parameters, requested fields, and actual search query.
Be aware of known limitations on searching specific combinations of entity types, and sorting or aggregating search results.


If successful, this method returns HTTP 200 OK response code and a searchResponse collection object in the response body.



The following is an example of the request.

Content-type: application/json

  "requests": [
      "entityTypes": [
      "contentSources": [
      "query": {
        "queryString": "contoso product"
      "from": 0,
      "size": 25,
      "fields": [


The following is an example of the response.

Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability. All the properties will be returned from an actual call.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
  "value": [
      "searchTerms": [
      "hitsContainers": [
          "hits": [
              "hitId": "1",
              "rank": 1,
              "summary": "_summary-value",
              "resource": "The source field will contain the underlying graph entity part of the response"
          "total": 47,
          "moreResultsAvailable": true

See also