I am trying to use the JSS service Layout API to get the items from a datasource specified in a control.

When I set a specific item as a datasource, I do get the item fields.

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But when I use a query to get multiple items, I don't get any data from the service. Only the text of datasource query.

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I need to get the datasource items in the json. I am missing something? Should I extend the layout service for this to work?

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You have two options:

  1. Use Integrated GraphQL to query the rendering data you need: https://jss.sitecore.net/docs/techniques/graphql/integrated-graphql

  2. Extend an existing Rendering Contents Resolver or implement a custom Rendering Contents Resolver in order to use a search query as a datasource. The out-of-the-box resolvers are:

    • Datasource Resolver - The default behavior, serializes the rendering's datasource item
    • Datasource Item Children Resolver - Serializes the children of the datasource item
    • Context Item Resolver - Serializes the context item instead of the datasource item
    • Context Item Children Resolver - Serializes the children of the context item
    • Folder Filter Resolver - Serializes the descendents of the datasource item, excluding folders

    You can find information about Rendering Contents Resolvers here, they are fairly straightforward to implement: https://jss.sitecore.net/docs/techniques/extending-layout-service/layoutservice-rendering-contents

  • I want to be able to change the datasource based on personalization rules. I know it's possible using the layout service. Is it possible with GraphQL? Aug 24, 2018 at 11:07
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    Integrated GraphQL is passed a $datasource variable that is the parent rendering's datasource - post personalization. So yes, you can use personalization with integrated GraphQL. Connected GraphQL can also be personalized, again using the same $datasource variable but from the client side based on the LS response. See the docs for more details.
    – Kam Figy
    Aug 24, 2018 at 20:22

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