1.5.5. /db/_design/design-doc/_search/index-name

New in version 3.0.

GET /{db}/_design/{ddoc}/_search/{index}

Executes a search request against the named index in the specified design document.

  • db – Database name
  • ddoc – Design document name
  • index – Search index name
Request Headers:
  • Accept
    • application/json
    • text/plain
Query Parameters:
  • bookmark (string) – A bookmark received from a previous search. This parameter enables paging through the results. If there are no more results after the bookmark, you get a response with an empty rows array and the same bookmark, confirming the end of the result list.
  • counts (json) – An array of names of string fields for which counts are requested. The response contains counts for each unique value of this field name among the documents that match the search query. Faceting must be enabled for this parameter to function.
  • drilldown (json) – This field can be used several times. Each use defines a pair with a field name and a value. The search matches only documents containing the value that was provided in the named field. It differs from using "fieldname:value" in the q parameter only in that the values are not analyzed. Faceting must be enabled for this parameter to function.
  • group_field (string) – Field by which to group search matches. :query number group_limit: Maximum group count. This field can be used only if group_field is specified.
  • group_sort (json) – This field defines the order of the groups in a search that uses group_field. The default sort order is relevance.
  • highlight_fields (json) – Specifies which fields to highlight. If specified, the result object contains a highlights field with an entry for each specified field.
  • highlight_pre_tag (string) – A string that is inserted before the highlighted word in the highlights output.
  • highlight_post_tag (string) – A string that is inserted after the highlighted word in the highlights output.
  • highlight_number (number) – Number of fragments that are returned in highlights. If the search term occurs less often than the number of fragments that are specified, longer fragments are returned.
  • highlight_size (number) – Number of characters in each fragment for highlights.
  • include_docs (boolean) – Include the full content of the documents in the response.
  • include_fields (json) – A JSON array of field names to include in search results. Any fields that are included must be indexed with the store:true option.
  • limit (number) – Limit the number of the returned documents to the specified number. For a grouped search, this parameter limits the number of documents per group.
  • q (string) – Alias for query.
  • query (string) – Required. The Lucene query string.
  • ranges (json) – This field defines ranges for faceted, numeric search fields. The value is a JSON object where the fields names are faceted numeric search fields, and the values of the fields are JSON objects. The field names of the JSON objects are names for ranges. The values are strings that describe the range, for example “[0 TO 10]”.
  • sort (json) – Specifies the sort order of the results. In a grouped search (when group_field is used), this parameter specifies the sort order within a group. The default sort order is relevance. A JSON string of the form "fieldname<type>" or -fieldname<type> for descending order, where fieldname is the name of a string or number field, and type is either a number, a string, or a JSON array of strings. The type part is optional, and defaults to number. Some examples are "foo", "-foo", "bar<string>", "-foo<number>" and ["-foo<number>", "bar<string>"]. String fields that are used for sorting must not be analyzed fields. Fields that are used for sorting must be indexed by the same indexer that is used for the search query.
  • stale (string) – Set to ok to allow the use of an out-of-date index.
Response Headers:
Response JSON Object:
  • rows (array) – Array of view row objects. By default the information returned contains only the document ID and revision.
  • total_rows (number) – Number of documents in the database/view.
  • bookmark (string) – Opaque identifier to enable pagination.
Status Codes:


You must enable faceting before you can use the counts, drilldown, and ranges parameters.


Faceting and grouping are not supported on partitioned searches, so the following query parameters should not be used on those requests: counts, drilldown, ranges, and group_field, group_limit, group_sort``.


Do not combine the bookmark and stale options. These options constrain the choice of shard replicas to use for the response. When used together, the options might cause problems when contact is attempted with replicas that are slow or not available.


Search requests will fail unless the CouchDB server is connected to a functioning Clouseau instance.

See also

For more information about how search works, see the Search User Guide.

1.5.6. /db/_design/design-doc/_search_info/index-name

New in version 3.0.

GET /{db}/_design/{ddoc}/_search_info/{index}
  • db – Database name
  • ddoc – Design document name
  • index – Search index name
Status Codes:


GET /recipes/_design/cookbook/_search_info/ingredients HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Host: localhost:5984


    "name": "_design/cookbook/ingredients",
    "search_index": {
        "pending_seq": 7125496,
        "doc_del_count": 129180,
        "doc_count": 1066173,
        "disk_size": 728305827,
        "committed_seq": 7125496