I' having problems with using a regular expression in Sharepoint 2013 Search. I insert it into a crawl rule and checked Use regular expression syntax for matching this rule.

I validated my regex on page regex101 so I am 100% sure it is correct.


This is the firsts of the crawl rules and I select Exclude, but pages are still searchable. What am I doing wrong?

  • Have you performed an index reset and a full crawl after adding the rule to put it in place with no time delay? – Robert Lindgren Mar 19 '15 at 10:25
  • I tried but event Test in Craw Rules says: no rules match this URL. Test URL: google.com/pager – AdamLato Mar 19 '15 at 10:32

I think your problem is based on this:

Protocol part

Regular expression operators cannot be used in the protocol part of the URL. This means, for example, the following RegEx rule cannot be created:


If you try to create a rule like this, the system will add http:// in the beginning and thus make “.*” as the second part of the URL. The resulting rule in this case will be:

http:// .*//www.microsoft.com/.*

which may not be what you intended.


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