To my knowledge, indexes get rebuilt automatically when a Content Author performs a Smart Publish and/or a Full Republish in Sitecore. That functionality does not seem to functioning as intended as we are having to manually perform a re-index, via the Indexing Manager, to see those items get added/modified/deleted in certain indexes.

My question is when specifically do the indexes get automatically rebuilt in Sitecore, and is there any setting in the .config's where this functionality can modified to NOT index automatically?


Sitecore can be configured to do rebuilds with very different strategies depending on the architecture and requirements (it can be after publish, or full republish, or even manual, i.e. only rebuilt when manually triggered). I recommend reading this article: https://doc.sitecore.net/sitecore_experience_platform/setting_up_and_maintaining/search_and_indexing/indexing/index_update_strategies

And then comparing that to your configuration to figure out which rebuilt strategy you're currently using for your indexes. I.e. if it is set to manual, then that would explain the behaviour you are currently seeing.

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  • That article gave me a lot of what I needed. Very helpful. – Toby Gutierrez Apr 24 '18 at 19:08

Sitecore indexes are built by using following methods

  1. Publishing the content

  2. Navigate to control panel -> Indexing Manager -> clicking on rebuild search index button with the required indexes.

  3. Rebuild indexes by using Rebuild method of API

You can check to see if following setting has been added and have some value, indexing will take place after provided amount of time. If it is set to zero, then it will disable the live indexing.

<setting name="Indexing.UpdateInterval">
     <patch:attribute name="value">00:00:00</patch:attribute>

Also, if you are wondering to disable indexing , you can disable indexing of items by using following sitecore API

  1. Sitecore.Configuration.Settings.Indexing.Enabled = false; (Sitecore 7 before versions)
  2. Sitecore.ContentSearch.Maintenance.IndexCustodian.PauseIndexing();(Sitecore 7 and after)
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  • This is all helpful, but I am really looking for when Sitecore by default is set to automatically re-index. Is it only on Smart Publish / Full Republish and NOT for Incremental? Also, is it a certain type of Smart Publish with a minimum set of items that will instantiate a re-index? Looking for more specifics around these areas. – Toby Gutierrez Apr 24 '18 at 18:36

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