In a SharePoint 2013 publishing site, I have a custom search page.

This page can be reach from the search box in the master page. It lands on : http://server/pages/search.aspx?k=myquery, which is expected.

In this page, I have a search zone, and a result webpart. If I type a new search from this page, I land on: http://server/pages/search.aspx?k=myquery#k=mynewquery.

Is there any way to get the current query from a javascript code?

Actually, I have a custom webpart that requires to get this query. My current webpart (inherited from SP2010) relies on the query string from C# code, but this does not work with SP 2013 due to this new pure ajax page update.

Thanks for advise.

PS: my alternative would be to parse the url (looking for the k query string first after the #, then in the url query).

  • I think latter is the only option Sep 9 '14 at 10:27
  • Are you saying that the Query String for "k" is not returning "mynewquery"? Sep 13 '14 at 13:30
  • @MatthewMcDermott: yes, the query string still contains myquery
    – Steve B
    Sep 15 '14 at 8:26

You can get the Search Query Val by Using Search OOB Object.


function getQuery(group) {
return Srch.ScriptApplicationManager.get_current().queryGroups[group].dataProvider.$2_3;

function getDefaultQuery() {
 return getQuery("Default");

Using self parsing code, I can find my query using :

// In a global utility.js file
(function () {
    window.UrlQuery = window.UrlQuery || (function () {
        var result = {
            hash: {},
            query: {}

        var query = window.location.search.substring(1);
        var vars = query.split("&");
        for (var i = 0; i < vars.length; i++) {
            var pair = vars[i].split("=");
            result.query[pair[0]] = pair[1];

        var hash = window.location.hash.substring(1);
        var hashVars = hash.split("&");
        for (var i = 0; i < hashVars.length; i++) {
            var pair = hashVars[i].split("=");
            if (pair.length > 1) {
                result.hash[pair[0]] = pair[1];

        return result;

And when I need to get the query :

        var kQuery = window.UrlQuery.hash.k || window.UrlQuery.query.k || null;
        var rQuery = window.UrlQuery.hash.r || window.UrlQuery.query.r || null;

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