Sort search results

Sort search results by specifying the sortProperties property in a searchRequest object, identifying a property of a resource in entityTypes to sort matches by, in ascending or descending order.

Sorting is supported only for SharePoint and OneDrive items. The property to be sorted on should be Sortable in the search schema.

The default sort order is ascending. Set the isDescending property to change it.

Example 1: Single-level sort

Request

POST https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/search/query
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "requests": [
    {
      "entityTypes": [
          "driveItem"
      ],
       "query": {
        "queryString": "contoso"
      },
      "sortProperties": [
          {
              "name": "CreatedDateTime",
              "isDescending": false
          }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json

{
    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchResponse",
    "searchTerms": [
        "test"
    ],
    "hitsContainers": [
        {
            "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHitsContainer",
            "hits": [
                {
                    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHit",
                    "hitId": "01VRZMWHPGDM5KTXS53RF3SSGHW7SGGPKL",
                    "rank": 1,
                    "summary": "As we work to become a more <ddd/> We <c0>test</c0> samples from the region between 10 and 100 times per day <ddd/> and surrounding areas that CPU uses to <c0>test</c0> the quality of your drinking water every day <ddd/> ",
                    "resource": {
                        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.driveItem",
                        "size": 971838,
                        "fileSystemInfo": {
                            "createdDateTime": "2020-07-22T21:14:59Z",
                            "lastModifiedDateTime": "2018-09-12T16:20:16Z"
                        },
                        "id": "01VRZMWHPGDM5KTXS53RF3SSGHW7SGGPKL",
                        "createdBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "createdDateTime": "2020-07-22T21:14:59+00:00",
                        "lastModifiedBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "lastModifiedDateTime": "2018-09-12T16:20:16+00:00",
                        "name": "Our Water Our Future.docx",
                        "parentReference": {
                            "siteId": "Contoso066a,5724d91f-650c-4810-83cc-61a8818917d6,c3ba25dc-2c9f-48cb-83be-74cdf68ea5a0"
                        },
                        "webUrl": "https://Contoso066a/sites/GlobalSales/Shared Documents/Q1 2019/Our Water Our Future.docx"
                    }
                },
                {
                    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHit",
                    "hitId": "01BTQFB3LHZTAYBV2VXVEK22ETF5WOQGT2",
                    "rank": 2,
                    "summary": "QT300 Accessories Specs Costs Chart Continue <ddd/> 16 Package 5 14 Grand Total 99 Results Data <c0>Test</c0> Group Gender <c0>Test</c0> Option 1 2 3 18-25 Male Package 4 Color <ddd/> ",
                    "resource": {
                        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.driveItem",
                        "size": 34428,
                        "fileSystemInfo": {
                            "createdDateTime": "2020-07-22T21:23:50Z",
                            "lastModifiedDateTime": "2012-10-29T17:52:10Z"
                        },
                        "id": "01BTQFB3LHZTAYBV2VXVEK22ETF5WOQGT2",
                        "createdBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "createdDateTime": "2020-07-22T21:23:50+00:00",
                        "lastModifiedBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "lastModifiedDateTime": "2012-10-29T17:52:10+00:00",
                        "name": "QT300 Accessories Specs.xlsx",
                        "parentReference": {
                            "siteId": "Contoso066a,893378cb-d2cd-4076-a2c9-e50587a26832,04120cf2-7863-4701-8541-eb26266a25e6"
                        },
                        "webUrl": "https://Contoso066a/sites/contosoteam/Shared Documents/QT300 Accessories Specs.xlsx"
                    }
                }
            ]
        }
    ]
}

Example 2: Multi-level sort

Request

POST /search/query
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "requests": [
    {
      "entityTypes": [
          "microsoft.graph.driveItem"
      ],
       "query": {
        "queryString": "contoso"
      },
      "sortProperties": [
          {
              "name": "name",
              "isDescending": false
          },
          {
              "name": "CreatedDateTime",
              "isDescending": false
          }
      ],
      "from": 0,
      "size": 20
    }
  ]
}

Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json

{
    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchResponse",
    "searchTerms": [
        "test"
    ],
    "hitsContainers": [
        {
            "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHitsContainer",
            "hits": [
                {
                    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHit",
                    "hitId": "01D6DZBXUX6RQ2OM7AIVEJFRQTD3W75L7V",
                    "rank": 1,
                    "summary": "If you are projecting to a second monitor, use Presenter View on your PC to read the talk track and see where to click next (note that this is a PowerPoint, so the “clicks” are <ddd/> ",
                    "resource": {
                        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.driveItem",
                        "size": 34122491,
                        "fileSystemInfo": {
                            "createdDateTime": "2020-07-22T21:48:38Z",
                            "lastModifiedDateTime": "2019-01-11T22:41:06Z"
                        },
                        "id": "01D6DZBXUX6RQ2OM7AIVEJFRQTD3W75L7V",
                        "createdBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "createdDateTime": "2020-07-22T21:48:38+00:00",
                        "lastModifiedBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "lastModifiedDateTime": "2019-01-11T22:41:06+00:00",
                        "name": "Build an Approval Process with Microsoft Flow Click Through.pptx",
                        "parentReference": {
                            "siteId": "Contoso066a,506e4b2b-4af3-41e6-904c-668e67911889,04120cf2-7863-4701-8541-eb26266a25e6"
                        },
                        "webUrl": "https://Contoso066a/sites/DigitalInitiativePublicRelations/Shared Documents/General/PowerApps/Build an Approval Process with Microsoft Flow Click Through.pptx"
                    }
                },
                {
                    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHit",
                    "hitId": "013C7INN2ZPRBMXUAPJNDKMJ2YHTGQLXJT",
                    "rank": 2,
                    "summary": "You can use the Office Add-ins platform to build solutions that extend Office applications and interact with content in Office documents <ddd/> Your solution can run in Office across <ddd/> ",
                    "resource": {
                        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.driveItem",
                        "size": 7816159,
                        "fileSystemInfo": {
                            "createdDateTime": "2020-07-27T11:20:22Z",
                            "lastModifiedDateTime": "2017-09-15T14:20:00Z"
                        },
                        "id": "013C7INN2ZPRBMXUAPJNDKMJ2YHTGQLXJT",
                        "createdBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "createdDateTime": "2020-07-27T11:20:22+00:00",
                        "lastModifiedBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "lastModifiedDateTime": "2017-09-15T14:20:00+00:00",
                        "name": "CR -227 Camera briefing.docx",
                        "parentReference": {
                            "siteId": "Contoso066a,7955f1b7-70eb-4a26-8fa7-313ad3a45126,04120cf2-7863-4701-8541-eb26266a25e6"
                        },
                        "webUrl": "https://Contoso066a/sites/Mark8ProjectTeam/Shared Documents/Research and Development/CR -227 Camera briefing.docx"
                    }
                },
                {
                    "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.searchHit",
                    "hitId": "013C7INN67OOARDMIO3BE23AHO3AMCC62W",
                    "rank": 3,
                    "summary": "<c0>Test</c0> Credit Card Account Numbers <ddd/> While testing, use only the credit card numbers listed <ddd/> a different character count than the other <c0>test</c0> numbers, it is the correct and functional <ddd/> ",
                    "resource": {
                        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.driveItem",
                        "size": 22418,
                        "fileSystemInfo": {
                            "createdDateTime": "2020-07-27T11:22:11Z",
                            "lastModifiedDateTime": "2016-06-09T16:23:00Z"
                        },
                        "id": "013C7INN67OOARDMIO3BE23AHO3AMCC62W",
                        "createdBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "createdDateTime": "2020-07-27T11:22:11+00:00",
                        "lastModifiedBy": {
                            "user": {
                                "displayName": "Contoso066a"
                            }
                        },
                        "lastModifiedDateTime": "2016-06-09T16:23:00+00:00",
                        "name": "Manufacturing and delivery plan.docx",
                        "parentReference": {
                            "siteId": "Contoso066a,7955f1b7-70eb-4a26-8fa7-313ad3a45126,04120cf2-7863-4701-8541-eb26266a25e6"
                        },
                        "webUrl": "https://Contoso066a/sites/Mark8ProjectTeam/Shared Documents/Research and Development/Manufacturing and delivery plan.docx"
                    }
                }
            ]
        }
    ]
}

Known limitations

  • Sort is not supported for message, event, and externalItem.
  • Sort by relevance cannot be specified in sortProperties.

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