The OpenSearch code sample demonstrates how to create a federated search service using the OpenSearch protocol, and an OpenSearch Descriptor (.osdx) file (a search connector).

This topic contains the following sections.


ProductMinimum Product Version
WindowsWindows 7
Windows SDK7.0


Downloading the Sample

This sample is available in the following locations.

LocationPath URL
Code GalleryOpenSearch sample
Windows 7 SDKDownload Windows 7 SDK



Note  After you have downloaded and installed the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK), you will find the samples in the installed directory. For example, use of the default installation path for the Windows 7 software development kit (SDK) results in the samples being placed under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0\Samples.

Building the Sample

To build the sample from the Command Prompt:

  1. Open the Command Prompt window and navigate to the AdventureSearch project directory. For example, the full default installation path is C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0\Samples\WinUI\Shell\ShellExtensibility\OpenSearch.
  2. Enter msbuild AdventureSearch.sln.

To build the sample using Microsoft Visual Studio (preferred):

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the AdventureSearch project directory.
  2. Double-click the icon for the AdventureSearch.sln file to open the project in Visual Studio.
    Note  The .sln file name extension is not shown under default folder settings. In that situation, it can be identified by its unique icon or by its type description, "Microsoft Visual Studio Solution".
  3. From the Build menu, select Build Solution.

Running the Sample

  1. Navigate to the directory that contains the new executable, using the Command Prompt window or Windows Explorer.
  2. At the command prompt, enter AdventureSearch.exe, or from Windows Explorer, double-click the icon for AdventureSearch.exe.
  3. At the command prompt, enter GetOSDX.exe, or from Windows Explorer, double-click the icon for GetOSDX.exe.

Related topics

Overview of the Search Connector Description Schema
Federated Search in Windows
Search Code Samples
Other Resources
Library Description Schema