I have a search result web part based on a display template I made up. I created an action to had items as favorites. This way they appear first in the search result web part and they have a full star icon. Other items have an empty star and appear after favorites items.

full star


empty star

How I made it:

All my items have a column "FavoriteMembers" which is a people picker with multiple selection. If current user is in the field then he have a full star, if not he have an empty star. I used a managed property to do it.

I manage to update items from display template to enable user to add or remove favorite on clic on the star. (It updates my item well, in real time)

My problem:

If user refresh his browser, item will keeps is old favorite status until the Shareoint search crawled the item again. In SharePoint Online, it takes between 15min and 6 hours (my observation and others).

The solution I'm trying to use:

CAML Query
I want to use a caml query to retrieve the "FavoriteMembers"column content in real time and update the star icon.

I already use CAML Query on other projects and managed to make it works. This time, it's the first time I'm trying to make it in a display template but query keep going in the failed part.

My Code:

function ListItems(){
    var clientcontext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var list = clientcontext.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle(currentItemList);

    var camlQuery = new SP.CamlQuery();
    camlQuery.set_viewXml('<View><Query><Where><Contains><FieldRef Name=\'Title\'/><Value Type=\'Text\'>'+ currentItemTitle +'</Value></Contains></Where></View>');
    var collListItem = list.getItems(camlQuery);

    var currentUser = clientcontext.get_web().get_currentUser();

    clientcontext.executeQueryAsync(function () {
        // some more script
    }, function () {

Any advice ? Can someone confirm I can use CAML Query in a display template ?

1 Answer 1


I didn't manage to make it work with CAML Query so I decided to use REST API.

Getting FavoriteMembers field value with REST API

            url: siteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('" + listName + "')/items?$filter=Title eq '" + title + "'",
            method: "GET",
            headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" },
            success: function (data) {
                var object = data.d.results;
                if (object[0].FavoriteMembersStringId!=null) {
                    var array = object[0].FavoriteMembersStringId.results;
                    for (var j = 0; j < array.length; j++ ) {
                        //if one id in the array is userID, then he has the item as favorite
                            console.log(title + " is a favorite of " + name);
                            //Then input code to show a full star
            error: function (error) {

I had another problem when two users were updating the FavoriteMembers field at the same time. I managed to solve it the same way. If you need more information about this, feel free to contact me.

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