I thought that by enabling:

  • SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure (Site collection feature)
  • SharePoint Server Standard Site features (Site feature)

I would get the content search web part, but what do I miss?

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  • What version of SharePoint do you have? Foundation or Enterprise? Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:12
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    You need enterprise for this webpart Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:12
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    If you have Enterprise enabled and still no webpart, check this: maadarani.com/missing-content-search-web-part Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:13
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    Do you have Cross-Site Collection Publishing site collection feature activated?
    – moe
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:14
  • @Plexus81 this was a "one more thing to try" besides the already asked (which were the first things to check first). I was also about to add that the two features you mentioned could be de- & re-activated if that would've been possible in your environment, but wanted to see your answer to the first questions.
    – moe
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 12:48

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This webpart requires Enterprise features to be enabled in your environment. If this is not enabled the webpart will not be available.

Here's a guide on how to do that

If you still have problems after that check this link for another possible cause

  • Just to clarify: What is meant is the SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features on site collection level. Not on site level.
    – Dennis G
    Commented Jul 2, 2017 at 8:52
  • The link which is mentoned in the answer is not working. Please correct. sharepointanalysthq.com/2013/10/… Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 6:32

If your Microsoft subscription is not E3, E5, or SharePoint Online 2, you do not have access Content Search Web Part. But you can ask Microsoft for it here: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/18776182-make-the-content-search-webpart-cswp-available-t


It requires SharePoint 2013 Enterprise version to have those web parts available.

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