I need to search inside a particular SharePoint (SharePoint 2016 on premise) document library using postquery with Rest API.
For that using GET call, I found a way,


And its working correctly. But how can I implement this in POST call (using postquery).


Here is how I tried,

//Search button click...
function searchKBtnClick() {
    var searchKey = $("#txtSearch").val() + "+path:'{document_library_url}'";

    var searchQuery = {
        'request': {
            '__metadata': { 'type': 'Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.REST.SearchRequest' },
            'Querytext': "'" + searchKey + "'",
            'SelectProperties': {
                'results': ['DisplayAuthor', 'Title', 'Path', 'Url', 'ContentSource']
            'TrimDuplicates': true,

    getItemsPostQuery("/_api/search/postquery", searchQuery).done(function (data) {
        var result = JSON.stringify(data.d.postquery.PrimaryQueryResult.RelevantResults.Table.Rows.results);
        var resultCount = data.d.postquery.PrimaryQueryResult.RelevantResults.RowCount;



And post call,

//Get search result from sharepoint (POST)
function getItemsPostQuery(url, data) {
    return $.ajax({
        url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + url,
        type: "POST",
        headers: {
            "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
            "X-RequestDigest": $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val(),
            "content-Type": "application/json;odata=verbose"
        data: JSON.stringify(data)

But getting no search result.


To use postquery, you need to hit the /_api/search/postquery endpoint.

Try and modify the below code as per your requirement. Ensure that jquery is available before running the code:

var headers = {
        "Accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
        "content-Type": "application/json;odata=verbose",
        "X-RequestDigest": $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val()

//change url to your site 
var endPointUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/search/postquery";
var searchQuery = {
'request': {
    '__metadata': { 'type': 'Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.REST.SearchRequest' },
    //your query text, change values here
    'Querytext': "'{query_text}+path:"{document_library_url}"", 
      url: endPointUrl,
      type: "POST",
      data: JSON.stringify(searchQuery),
      headers: headers,
      dataType: 'json',
         //use this to bind data to html
        console.log("something went wrong");

Reference - SP Search Rest API overview

  • I already tried to do it, but it returns zero search results – Vishnu S Jun 28 '17 at 10:16

Found problem in my code, I should have passed the Querytext attribute in this way,

'Querytext': $("#txtSearch").val() + "& path:{document_library_url}"

instead of this,

'Querytext': $("#txtSearch").val() + "+path:'{document_library_url}'"

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