I've tried looking for products programmatically that get the same results as magento 2 searches (In the search box). I have used:

    $result = array();

    $filter1 = $this->_filterBuilder->setField('name')
        ->setValue('%' . $searchTerm . '%')

    $filter2 = $this->_filterBuilder->setField('description')
        ->setValue('%' . $searchTerm . '%')

    $filter3 = $this->_filterBuilder->setField('visibility')

    $filter4 = $this->_filterBuilder->setField('status')

    if($searchOrder == "relevance") $searchOrder = "name";

    //filter1 OR filter2
    $filterGroup = $this->_filterGroupBuilder->setFilters(array($filter1, $filter2))->create();

    //filterGroup AND filterGroup2
    $filterGroup2 = $this->_filterGroupBuilder->setFilters(array($filter3))->create();

    //filterGroup AND filterGroup2 AND filterGroup3
    $filterGroup3 = $this->_filterGroupBuilder->setFilters(array($filter4))->create();

    $searchDirection = ($searchDir == "desc") ? SortOrder::SORT_DESC : SortOrder::SORT_ASC;

    $this->_searchCriteriaBuilder->addSortOrder($searchOrder, $searchDirection);
    $searchCriteria = $this->_searchCriteriaBuilder->setCurrentPage($page)->setPageSize($pageSize)->create();
    $searchCriteria->setFilterGroups([$filterGroup, $filterGroup2, $filterGroup3]);
    $products = $this->_productRepository->getList($searchCriteria);
    $totalSearchResults = $products->getTotalCount();
    $products = $products->getItems();

But I do not always get the same results. Besides that if I put two words, my method does not work.

I have come to the conclusion that the only way would be to use magento-catalog-search to get exactly the same results. but I can not find a way to do it.

Has anyone used catalog-search to programmatically search?



$search_criteria = $this->_searchCriteriaBuilder->create();


        $filter = $this->_filterBuilder->setField('search_term')

        $filterGroup = $this->_filterGroupBuilder->addFilter($filter)->create();

        $searchDirection = ($searchDir == "desc") ? SortOrder::SORT_DESC : SortOrder::SORT_ASC;

        $objectManager = \Magento\Framework\App\ObjectManager::getInstance();
        $sortOrder = $objectManager->create('Magento\Framework\Api\SortOrder');



        $resultx = $this->_SearchInterface->search($search_criteria);

        $totalSearchResults = $resultx->getTotalCount();

        $products = $resultx->getItems();

        foreach ($products as $product) {

            $id = $product->getId();
            $result[] = $id;


        return $result;

the only thing that does not work is to sort the results


I think what you need is the SearchInterface of the Search Module.

Have a look at this post: Multiselect Filter in Magento 2 search Rest API

Basically, you see the filters and filter groups being build in the URL.

Then the webapi module does nothing less than executing the function Magento\Search\Api\SearchInterface::search() with the filters and filter groups as search criteria.

So in your case, I think you can use the SearchInterface directly instead of the ProductRepository::getList() function.

  • you were right, thanks!! the only fault is that it does not sort by name, ASC & DESC. I have updated my question
    – Miguel
    Sep 4 '17 at 16:03
  • I'm not sure how exactly the search algorithm of magento works, but I think it sorts by relevance, whatever the relevance is exactly. I think it's based on search weights you can define for the attributes. So if the name for example has a high search weight and the search word is contained in the proiduct name, it will most likely be first Sep 4 '17 at 16:14
  • on the front you can change if you want to sort by name, price or relevance....
    – Miguel
    Sep 4 '17 at 16:35
  • ok, sorting seems not to be supported by the basic search engine. You should have a look at the catalogsearch fulltext collection. It has a function setOrder, which should be used by the default search result page I assume github.com/magento/magento2/blob/develop/app/code/Magento/… Sep 4 '17 at 16:58
  • I have no idea how to convert the answer to using fulltext ...
    – Miguel
    Sep 4 '17 at 17:58

Alternate solution, you can render the same template by add the below content to the needed template.

<?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock("Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template")->setTemplate("Magento_Search::form.mini.phtml")->toHtml(); ?>

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