I'm trying to add the searched text value to the query string in the url (<a href='...?searchText=[something]'>Title</a>)

In the search display templates, I see ctx and Srch objects exist that have a lot of properties about the current item and general search properties. However, I'm having an issue trying to get the actual searched value (in pairs or all in one string). I can extract it from the url hash since it's not in the querystring anymore, but I was wondering if there was a more standardized way to do this.

edit: for now, I have two methods to extract a querystring value and a hash value, and setting searchText (which is conditionally appended to the url) in the following way:

var searchText = "&searchText=" + GetHashVal("k") || GetQueryVal("k");
  • I'm not clear can you explain, why search term is not in the querystring? Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 21:42
  • SharePoint 2013 puts it in the hash if the user searches on the page. I believe their reasoning is because it lets the UI change without the page refreshing. The same happens on list views now.
    – Dinerdo
    Commented Apr 13, 2016 at 21:57
  • Maybe here some ideas: sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/114480/…
    – Patrick
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 6:28

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You can retrieve it from the DataProvider object. Which is accessible from within your display template.


This returns an object which gives you the whole search query context, like: keyword, sorting, refinement, ...

In your case you want to extract the keyword, which you can retrieve from the property like this:

var keyword = ctx.DataProvider.get_currentQueryState().k;
  • I had to load sp.js with $includeScript which added the SP.ClientContext object, but DataProvider is still undefined.
    – Dinerdo
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 15:58
  • ctx.DataProvider should be available from inside your display template. As this is also used for rendering the results. No need to load other files. Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:18

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