Search index descriptions

Last updated Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Sitecore Experience Platform for Administrator, Developer

When you set up Sitecore servers for scalability, you must also configure a search and indexing provider such as Lucene or Solr.

Note

If you use Solr as your search indexing provider, search indexes are referred to as cores. The descriptions in this topic apply to both Lucene indexes and Solr cores.

Search index descriptions

The default search indexes available in Sitecore are:

Index name

Refers to

sitecore_core_index

Core database and the items that define the Sitecore CMS interfaces.

sitecore_master_index

Master database contains all versions of every item, including unpublished versions. This is everything related to the published website.

sitecore_web_index

Web database contains only the published versions of every item in all languages.

sitecore_analytics_index

xDB analytics (MongoDB) database stores contact data in collections, for example, triggered goals and campaigns.

It is built via the processing environment, is also used by content management and can be rebuilt in the same way as the reporting database. It is quicker to query the Analytics index than going directly to the xDB.

sitecore_marketingdefinitions_master

The marketing definition data that is stored in the master database.

It is only used on the content management environment and is not shared.

sitecore_marketingdefinitions_web

The marketing definition data that is stored in the web database.

It is only used on the content delivery environment and is not shared.

sitecore_marketing_asset_index_master

The marketing asset data that is stored in the master database.

It is only used on the content management environment and is not shared.

Use the marketing operations API to query marketing assets.

sitecore_marketing_asset_index_web

The marketing asset data that is stored in the web database.

It is only used on the content delivery environment and is not shared.

Use the marketing operations API to query marketing assets.

sitecore_testing_index

The test definition items used in the test lists in Experience Optimization and the Experience Editor. This does not include the suggested tests list.

It is also used in the Sitecore client UI to report on any tests present on an item.

sitecore_suggested_test_index

Provides storage for computed values for all of the content items in the content tree, and is used to suggest the items that should be optimized.

This index drives the suggested test list in the Experience Optimization and inside the Experience Editor. It is also used in the Sitecore client UI to show when a test has ended.

sitecore_fxm_master_index

All version of every item on your FXM websites. Changes that you make to the content are added every time the index is rebuilt.

It is only used in the content management environment and is not shared.

sitecore_fxm_web_index

The published versions of every item on your FXM websites. Changes that you make the content are added every time the index is rebuilt.

It is only used on the content delivery environment and is not shared.

sitecore_list_index

The list of contacts and segmented lists that are used by the List Manager, the Email Experience Manager and the Experience Profile.

social_messages_master

The social message data that is stored in the master database. Changes that you make to the content are added every time the index is rebuilt.

social_messages_web

The social message data that is stored in the web database. Changes that you make to the content are added every time the index is rebuilt.