ContentSourceCollection Class

Represents a collection of ContentSource objects.


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

[SharePointPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.Demand, ObjectModel = true)]
public sealed class ContentSourceCollection : IEnumerable

For more information about content sources and the new SharePoint 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 source for a Shared Services Provider.

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 identifier.

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


Ensure a Shared Services Provider is already created.

Project References

Add the following project references in your console application code project before running this example:

  • 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 Services 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.