I am currently using the SharePoint search rest api on a document library. The search results are coming fine. Now I have a requirement where I want to filter the search results based on the Author of the document that is uploaded.

Below is the query I am using to filter the search results based on current logged in user. The aim is to filter the results from the Created By column

var url = "http:../_api/search/query?querytext='AnyText+AND+Author:{User}+AND+ListId:a87b68a9-06fd-421c-ae0e-c93416e7e612+AND+IsDocument=True'";

This query is not returning any results. However if I pass the username hard-coded the results are coming as expected. e.g.

 var url = "http:../_api/search/query?querytext='AnyText+AND+Author:Test User (Company)+AND+ListId:a87b68a9-06fd-421c-ae0e-c93416e7e612+AND+IsDocument=True'";

So the above query works fine.

So my question is, Is there a way to pass the current logged in user in the Author.


Unfortunately the above approach is not working fine as I think the api is not get the current user.

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Thanks in advance..!!

2 Answers 2


You need to use queryTemplate parameter instead of queryText.

Modify your endpoint somewhat as below :

var url = "http:../_api/search/query?queryTemplate='AnyText AND Author:{User}
AND ListId:a87b68a9-06fd-421c-ae0e-c93416e7e612 AND IsDocument=True'";

When you use queryTemplate , SharePoint transforms tokens inside it to a value that is understandable to it i.e {User} get transformed to the current user or {searchTerms} gets replaced with the actual value used in the search box etc.

When you use queryText, it will understand plain text so that's why i guess you need to manually write the actual user name.

Reference - SharePoint Search REST API overview


In order to be able to change the query at a moments notice perhaps it would be an idea to either use SourceID or perhaps SourceName / SourceLevel as per


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