When I call Sitecore.Context.Database inside of an IComputedIndexField, it returns Core. I can't use this to call the GetItem() function.

Thus, I wrote the following as a workaround.

var indexableItem = indexable as SitecoreIndexableItem;
if (indexableItem == null)
                    Sitecore.ContentSearch.Diagnostics.CrawlingLog.Log.Warn(this + " : unsupported IIndexable type : " + indexable.GetType());
                    return false;
var category = indexableItem.Item.Database.GetItem(new ID("MY ID"));

This works perfectly fine, but is it the correct way to call the Database object?

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    I can confirm this is how I get items other than the current Indexable.
    – vandsh
    Nov 6, 2017 at 20:55
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    I use "indexableItem.Item.Database" too. Nov 6, 2017 at 21:09
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    looks good to me Nov 6, 2017 at 21:57

1 Answer 1


The code you posted is the right way to get the database based on the database of the item being indexed, I think you should get null for Sitecore.Context.Database because the code is NOT running within any site context, Check Sitecore.Context.Site to verify (Thats what i see in Sitecore 8.2u5), Maybe in older version, it was running with the context of "shell" site, which uses the core database

<site name="shell" database="core"  virtualFolder="/sitecore/shell" physicalFolder="/sitecore/shell" rootPath="/sitecore/content" startItem="/home" language="en" ..... />
  • Great point. You were right, under the shell site, my database is set as core. Now, I understand why the Sitecore.Context.Database is set to core. Nov 7, 2017 at 14:08

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