I am working on Sitecore 9.1 with SXA multisite application.

I have a folder in every site e.g Site-1/data/Tags/

I created page items with a field Multilist With Search type

Now I want to load data in this field only with Tags data belonging to that site only.

I am trying to pass source in 'multilist with search' like StartSearchLocation=query:$site/Data/Tag Repository/*[@@templatename='Tag']&Filter=+_templatename:Tag

But it does not work.

If I pass query like StartSearchLocation={11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111}&Filter=_template:{68BA23FD-8270-4675-97EA-4FAFC7CF3AB9}

then 'Multilist with Search' field loads data from all the sites.

Please suggest me how can I make sure data loads only from that site where item is created.


I don't think SXA provides this OOTB, we need to create QueryToken for Multlist With Search. The Multilist with Search field uses a SourceFilterBuilder class to parse its field source. Sitecore uses SourceFilterBuilderFactory to create the SourceFilterBuilder

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Needs to extend SourceFilterBuilderFactory class -

using System;
using System.Linq;
using Sitecore;
using Sitecore.Buckets.FieldTypes;
using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using Sitecore.XA.Foundation.SitecoreExtensions.Services;

namespace CoreySmith.Foundation.SitecoreExtensions
  public class QueryTokenSourceFilterBuilderFactory : SourceFilterBuilderFactory
    private readonly IQueryService _queryService;

    public QueryTokenSourceFilterBuilderFactory(IQueryService queryService)
      _queryService = queryService ?? throw new ArgumentNullException(nameof(queryService));

    public override SourceFilterBuilder CreateSourceFilterBuilder(Item targetItem, string fieldId, string fieldSource)
      if (targetItem == null) throw new ArgumentNullException(nameof(targetItem));
      if (fieldId == null) throw new ArgumentNullException(nameof(fieldId));
      if (fieldSource == null) throw new ArgumentNullException(nameof(fieldSource));

      var startSearchLocation = StringUtil.ExtractParameter("StartSearchLocation", fieldSource);
      if (!StartSearchLocationContainsQueryToken(startSearchLocation))
        return base.CreateSourceFilterBuilder(targetItem, fieldId, fieldSource);

      var resolvedStartSearchLocation = ResolveStartSearchLocation(startSearchLocation, targetItem);
      var resolvedFieldSource = fieldSource.Replace(startSearchLocation, resolvedStartSearchLocation);
      return base.CreateSourceFilterBuilder(targetItem, fieldId, resolvedFieldSource);

    private static bool StartSearchLocationContainsQueryToken(string startSearchLocation)
      return !string.IsNullOrEmpty(startSearchLocation)
           && startSearchLocation.StartsWith("query:")
           && startSearchLocation.Contains("$");

    private string ResolveStartSearchLocation(string startSearchLocation, Item targetItem)
      var query = ParseStartSearchLocationIntoQuery(startSearchLocation);
      var resolvedStartSearchLocation = _queryService.Resolve(query, targetItem.ID.ToString());

      // Multilist with Search fields only support one StartSearchLocation. If a pipe-delimited list
      // is set on the field source, no results will be returned; instead, return the first result.
      var firstStartSearchLocation = resolvedStartSearchLocation.Split('|').FirstOrDefault();
      return $"query:{firstStartSearchLocation}";

    /// <summary>
    /// The StartSearchLocation parameter requires '->' in place of '=' within Sitecore queries.
    /// For example: StartSearchLocation=query:/sitecore/content//*[@@template->'SomeTemplate']
    /// The SXA query token resolver doesn't like '->', so replace with '=' for the Sitecore
    /// query engine.
    /// </summary>
    private static string ParseStartSearchLocationIntoQuery(string startSearchLocation)
      return startSearchLocation.Replace("->", "=");

Then register the QueryTokenSourceFilterBuilderFactory with Sitecore's DI container. This will replace the SourceFilterBuilderFactory implementation that Sitecore uses out of the box.

using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Sitecore.Buckets.FieldTypes;
using Sitecore.DependencyInjection;

    namespace CoreySmith.Foundation.SitecoreExtensions
      public class SitecoreExtensionsConfigurator : IServicesConfigurator
        public void Configure(IServiceCollection serviceCollection)
          serviceCollection.AddSingleton<SourceFilterBuilderFactory, QueryTokenSourceFilterBuilderFactory>();

Patch the configurator in through config:

      <configurator type="CoreySmith.Foundation.SitecoreExtensions.SitecoreExtensionsConfigurator, CoreySmith.Foundation.SitecoreExtensions" />

Then use it like below -

StartSearchLocation=query:$site/*[@@name='Data']/*[@@templatename='Video Folder']&TemplateFilter={ADE9EFF4-DA78-4E26-9248-B01BD93EAE95}
  • Thanks for your reply. I'll try. Sep 30 at 8:22

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