ContentSource Class

Provides the base class for all Enterprise Search content sources.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration
Assembly:  Microsoft.Office.Server.Search (in Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.dll)

<SharePointPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand, ObjectModel := True)> _
<SharePointPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ObjectModel := True)> _
Public MustInherit Class ContentSource
Dim instance As ContentSource

For more information about content sources and the new Enterprise Search Administration object model, see Content Sources Overview, and Getting Started with the Search Administration Object Model.

Use the ContentSources property of the Content class to get the collection of content sources for a Shared Service Provider (SSP).

To add a new content source to the collection, use the Create() method of the ContentSourceCollection class.

To delete a content source, use the Delete method of the ContentSource class.

Use an indexer to return a single content source from the ContentSourceCollection object. For example, assuming the collection is assigned to a variable named sspContentSources, use sspContentSources[index] in Microsoft Visual C# or sspContentSources(index) in Microsoft Visual Basic, where index is a string containing the name of the content source or an integer containing the content source ID.

The following code example writes out the full list of content sources for a Shared Service Provider to the console window.


Ensure a Shared Service Provider is already created.

Project References

Add the following Project References in your console application code project before running this sample:

  • Microsoft.SharePoint

  • Microsoft.Office.Server

  • Microsoft.Office.Server.Search

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration;
using Microsoft.SharePoint;

namespace ContentSourceSample
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            Replace <SiteName> with the name of a site
            using the Shared Service Provider.
            string strURL = "http://<SiteName>";
            SearchContext context;
            using(SPSite site = new SPSite(strURL))
            context = SearchContext.GetContext(site);
            Content sspContent = new Content(context);
            ContentSourceCollection sspContentSources = sspContent.ContentSources;
            foreach (ContentSource cs in sspContentSources)
                Console.WriteLine("NAME: " + cs.Name + "  ID: " + cs.Id);

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.