Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

How can we improve Azure Search?

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Provide method for escaping characters in the search string like UrlEscape

    Special characters must be escaped to be used as part of the search text. You can escape them by prefixing them with backslash (\). Special characters that need to be escaped include the following:
    + - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /
    Is there a built in method, basically the equivalent of UrlEscape, which can do this, or is every developer actually expected to do their own implementation?

    40 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Search multiple indexes at once

      The underlying elasticsearch technology supports making a single search query that searches and ranks results over multiple disparate indexes at once[1], but this functionality is not surfaced through the Azure Search APIs.

      Adding this would allow a single search to span over indexes with different schemas combined in a single correctly ordered result set.

      [1]: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/multi-index.html

      371 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        4 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support geo.distance in select result

        Azure Search does not support returning the distance data from geo.distance in search results. geo.distance can be used in only filter and orderby.

        I would like to get distance data from geo.distance.

        86 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          2 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your feedback. While it is unlikely we’ll address this suggestion in the near future, we’ll reassess based on the number of votes it receives.

          There are a few ways you can do this currently in code per document, for example (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6544286/calculate-distance-of-two-geo-points-in-km-c-sharp). But we are considering how we might make it available as a document property.

          Thanks,
          Vinod
          Azure Search Product Team

        • Provide sum and average on facet

          It would be nice to have agregation on certain facetable Field.
          We would define another numeric field to be computed.

          On the FacetResult, we could get sum and average exactly in the same way as count.

          38 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support for field collapsing

            I've utilized field collapsing (aka result grouping) quite a bit utilizing Solr. Being able to group results together by a common element, then being able to page and sort based on that result list.

            167 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              5 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support custom dictionary

              Some domestic senario like, Legal, really domestic topic require custome dictionary for more accurate wordbreaking, stemming and normalization. I think custome dictionary with easy maintemance like SharePoint or FAST provide today is help this type of senario.

              118 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                5 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support hierarchical facets

                Searching in a hierarchy is very common.
                E.g. Cars/Ford/Accessories

                388 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Explain API

                  The explain api computes a score explanation for a query and a specific document. This can give useful feedback whether a document matches or didn’t match a specific query.

                  93 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    4 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support case-insensitive comparison in filters

                    Searching with text=<xyz> performs a case-insensitive search. However, testing string fields in filters is case-sensitive. There should be a way to do a case-insensitive string comparison in filter expressions.

                    576 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Case-insensitive sorting for string fields

                      When querying the index, is it possible to do a case-insensitive $orderby on a string field? For example, we want to sort results by username but preserve the user's choice of casing. While we could workaround this by keeping a normalized version of the username alongside the original data, having this feature built-in would obviously be preferable.

                      354 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • importing data in Azure search services

                        Why can't I import data into Azure search services? I'm using the free trial, and there's no Import Data selection on the task bar.

                        1 vote
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Could you explain what you mean by ‘import data’. In Azure Portal we have ‘Import data’ command that enables you to connect to variety of data sources such as SQL Server, Cosmos DB, or blob storage. Then indexer can automatically sync data between your data source and your search index.

                        • Skill: extract and index URLs / URIs

                          Many documents include references to websites. Just as you identify people or places, please add URL identification, indexing, sorting, filtering, etc.

                          1 vote
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            1 comment  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Data security based on Gremlin graph API

                            Currently security data filtering seems just to be possible based on e.g. a group attribute and checking users group membership using oData filter expressions. When using CosmosDB Gremlin APIs the data is organized as vertices and edges, therefore the security filtering of search results should also be made possible based on Gremlin / subgraph expressions, not only based on oData filter expressions, ideally a possible combination of both. As an example consider a Graph: story (vertex) - belongs to (edge) - group (vertex) - has (edge) - members (vertices) ...and users should only find stories of THEIR groups (which they…

                            3 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Language analyzer - ability to disable word decompounding

                              Azure Search has word decompounding (in languages like German, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Finish, Hungarian, Slovak)
                              https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/language-support

                              However often it doesn't lead to desired output as we need to find only compound words.
                              Especially interested to have it in "et.microsoft" analyzer.

                              21 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Implement other highlighters

                                Right now only Postings highlighter is implemented, which highlights single terms instead of full phrase query. Would be good to have other highlighters.
                                As said here : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42411353/azure-search-highlights-for-phrases-with-double-quotes

                                26 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Return azure search feature values along with documents

                                  In Azure search, it would be good to return feature values used to rank documents along with documents returned. This could be used to further refine results based on user needs.

                                  9 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support multi point Edm.GeographyPoint search

                                    It would be great if you could sort by nearest where documents could have an array of Edm.GeographyPoints.
                                    We are currently duplicating documents for every different Edm.GeographyPoint.

                                    4 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide option to facet on all facetable fields in a Search request

                                      Some applications can have a large number of facets and it is inconvenient to have to specify them all explicitly in the Search API, as reported here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28542665/azure-search-what-if-i-have-a-lot-of-facets

                                      If there were an option like facet=* that returned facets on all facetable fields, that would be easier for such cases.

                                      45 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide ability of collection Type field to be searched against individual values separately

                                        For a document, where there are multiple values in its collection type column, it gives it lesser score (and hence either to come lower or may not even come in the result) to it even though the search query has matched with ONE of the values in the list COMPLETELY.

                                        This is because, currently Azure Search considers list of all the values provided in the collection type as a single string by concatenating all of them.
                                        My requirement is that if the search query (for that field) matches with any of the values in the collection, it should consider it…

                                        27 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Proximity Search with exact order support

                                          The lucene query syntax for proximity search allows us to find 2 terms X number of words apart.

                                          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/searchservice/lucene-query-syntax-in-azure-search#bkmk_proximity

                                          A search for "hotel airport"~5 could return documents with "Find a hotel airport" or "hotel near airport" or "going to airport? check out this hotel".

                                          It would be a big benefit to our clients if we could have a mode for proximity search where it doesn't matter what the order of the words are, as well as a different, more restrictive mode, where proximity search will only find results with the words in in explicit order.

                                          3 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          ← Previous 1
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Azure Search

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base