How do I go about configuring fields within a Solr index to be tokenized based on a semicolon ";" delimiter?

Initially, I had fields configured as such:

   settingType="Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider.SolrSearchFieldConfiguration, Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider"/>

which causes the field to be tokenised on individual words.

Then I changed


which causes the whole field to be treated as a single value.

I want it to tokenize using a semicolon delimiter. How do I configure the field to do this?


2 Answers 2


You can use solr.PatternTokenizerFactory tokenizer to achieve this

Define a new fieldtype in solr schema

<fieldType name="semicolonDelimited" class="solr.TextField">
    <tokenizer class="solr.PatternTokenizerFactory" pattern=";" />

and then define the field which uses semicolonDelimited fieldtype

<field name="content_custom" type="semicolonDelimited"/>

Test Scenerio

  1. Create a sample solr core
  2. Define FieldType and Field as shown below
<fieldType name="semicolonDelimited" class="solr.TextField">
    <tokenizer class="solr.PatternTokenizerFactory" pattern=";" />
    <filter class="solr.LowerCaseFilterFactory"/>
<field name="content_custom" type="semicolonDelimited"/>
  1. Restart Solr Service
  2. Import test data to sample core

Sample JSON

  "id": 1,
  "content_custom": "Ten;10"
  "id": 2,
  "content_custom": "Eleven;11"
  "id": 3,
  "content_custom": "Twelve;12"
  "id": 4,
  "content_custom": "Thirteen;13"

Copy JSON and upload it to Solr enter image description here

  1. Now Search for content_custom:t*n and then it will show two results

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  • This is great. I didn't know you could do this.
    – Chris Auer
    Sep 23, 2020 at 21:09
  • @Surya Thanks for answering! Can that config live in a Sitecore config patch file, or does it need to go into one of the Solr XML configs? Sep 23, 2020 at 21:36
  • 1
    @MatthewDresser The example I gave is for solr schema XML only. Once these updates are done in solr, you can define a field in sitecore configuration to point it to newly define datatype. Sep 24, 2020 at 9:21
  • @Surya where is the schema.xml file stored? I have Solr installed in 'C:\solr' but cannot see this file anywhere? Also there seems to be solr configs for each index, do I do this at the global solr level, or per index? Sep 25, 2020 at 11:09
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    For old solr versions, file name used to be schema.xml but now file name is managed-schema (without extension) and you can find under C:\Solr\server\solr\<CORE Folder>\conf\ folder and this is not a global change but at core level. Sep 25, 2020 at 11:24

If you were to do it with a ComputedIndex field. it would be like this. But maybe you can do it with just solr configs.

using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace Sitecore.Foundation.Indexing.Infrastructure.Fields
    using Sitecore.ContentSearch;
    using Sitecore.ContentSearch.ComputedFields;
    using Sitecore.Foundation.SitecoreExtensions.Extensions;

    public class SemicolonContentComputedField : IComputedIndexField
        public string FieldName { get; set; }
        public string ReturnType { get; set; }

        public object ComputeFieldValue(IIndexable indexable)
            if (!(indexable is SitecoreIndexableItem indexItem))
                return null;

            var item = indexItem.Item;
            if (item == null) return null;

            if (item.IsDerived(Constants.Templates.PhpContent))
                var results = new List<string>();
                var splits = item[Templates.PhpContent.Fields.SemiColonField].Split(';');
                foreach (var split in splits)

                return results;

            return null;

Then the config would be stringcollection

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/" xmlns:set="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/set/">
                <defaultSolrIndexConfiguration type="Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider.SolrIndexConfiguration, Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider">
                    <fieldMap type="Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider.SolrFieldMap, Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider">
                        <fieldNames hint="raw:AddFieldByFieldName">
                            <field fieldName="semicolon" returnType="stringCollection" />
                    <documentOptions type="Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider.SolrDocumentBuilderOptions, Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider">
                        <fields hint="raw:AddComputedIndexField">
                            <field fieldName="semicolon" storageType="no" indexType="untokenized">Sitecore.Foundation.Indexing.Infrastructure.Fields.SemicolonContentComputedField, Sitecore.Foundation.Indexing</field>
  • I have set up my indexer almost identically to how you describe, but when I examine the solr documents I see "fieldName": ["Rim mounted;Exposed"] where I would expect to get ["Rim mounted", "Exposed"]. I attached the debugger and my code returns a List<string> with two elements from the ComputeFieldValue method. Oct 2, 2020 at 15:07

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