Associating documents/PDF to a page/pagetype in Episerver FIND

I've seen different solutions out there, but sometimes the one with less code is also the simplest and best.

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Published 9th of November 2018
Episerver Find 13


You want to get a search hit from an associated document when you make a free-text search on a typed object or with unified search.


My DataModel looks like this:

    public class MyPageDataModel: PageData
            Name = "Dokument",
            Description = "Dokument för publikation",
            GroupName = SystemTabNames.Content,
            Order = 1)]
        public virtual Url MyLinkedItem { get; set; }


Find Initialization config

SearchClient.Instance.Conventions.ForInstancesOf<MyPageDataModel>().IncludeField(x => x.IndexAttachment());

public static Attachment IndexAttachment(this MyPageDataModel myPage)
    if (UrlResolver.Current.Route(new UrlBuilder(myPage.MyLinkedItem)) is MediaData media)
        MemoryStream io = new MemoryStream((media?.BinaryData as FileBlob).ReadAllBytes());
        return new Attachment(() => io);
    return new Attachment(() => null);

The query:

var result = client.Search<MyPageDataModel>().For("Banana").GetResult();
//Your pdf contains banana of course

With this easy approach, it will work, even though you won’t be able to see the connection in Find > Overview > Explore.


Cant find Documents in Episerver FIND UI?

If you install “EPiServer.Find.Cms.AttachmentFilter“, this makes “documents/genericmedia” appear in Find > Overview > Explore

Further Options and reading

SEO terms

    • Index documents to a page in Episerver FIND
    • Searching for pages based on free-text content of associated MediaData
    • Filter file used on child pages

About the author

Luc Gosso
– Independent Senior Web Developer
working with Azure and Episerver

Twitter: @LucGosso