The Search API

Read this section to learn about the Search endpoints and their features

Sections

  1. Perform a Search

Searching Objects

Searches can be performed on any Channel object, with our without authentication. Non-authenticated searches will only have access to objects that are visibility.public. Authenticated searches will have access to the objects that match the authenticated Account's permissions. In both cases, objects that are not available to the person performing the search will be completely invisible.

As searches are performed against Channels, it's important to know the ID. This can be found by looking at the channel_guid meta value for the site you wish to search or the domain name of the site.

Search Objects will always follow the following strucutre:

{
    "guid": "8b6a9883-cd09-4c03-2364-76214671427e",
    "title": false,
    "content": "<p>Fuzzy Wuzzy was a <span class="highlight">bear</span>. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair! Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy was he?</p>",
    "url": "http:\/\/example.web\/note\/8b6a9883-cd09-4c03-2364-76214671427e",
    "privacy": "visibility.public",
    "type": "post.note",
    "score": 1
    "publish_at": "2019-07-22T00:18:57Z",
    "publish_unix": "1563754737",
    "expires_at": false,
    "expires_unix": false,
    "author": {
        "name": "@examplo",
        "display_name": "Examplo the Elf",
        "avatar": "http:\/\/example.web\/avatars\/examplo.jpg",
    }
}

Perform a Search

Searches can be performed by passing a valid Channel GUID or domain address along with a comma-separated list of keywords to search for. If an Authentication Token is also passed, the Search results will include any private or hidden objects that the authenticated account is able to see.

Note: Password-protected posts cannot be included in search results as this would defeat the purpose of protecting access to a post via a password.

To perofrm a search, send a GET request to the API of the website you'd like to connect to. For example, if a person is trying to sign into example.web, the request would be sent to the following location:

GET https://example.web/api/search

Required variables:

channel_guid={Channel identifier}
for={comma-separated list of words}

Optionally, channel_guid can be replaced with site_url with the site domain.

This information can be sent URL-encoded in the POST body or as a JSON package.

For example:

curl -X GET -H "Authorization: {Authorization Token}" \
     "https://example.web/api/search?site_url=example.web&for=bright,yellow"

If the search request is cromulent, the API will respond with a JSON package:

{
  "meta": {
    "code": 200,
    "text": false,
    "list": false
  },
  "data": [
    {an array of Search Objects}
  ]
}

If the meta.code value is not 200, the text item will show the a single error. If there is more than one error to resolve, the list item will be an array of issues to resolve.

{
  "meta": {
    "code": 400,
    "text": "Please enter some more specific search criteria",
    "list": false
  },
  "data": false
}