Update index

This page contains a description of updating indexed documents, as well as updating an index version.

Update indexed documents

The update operation is used to reindex documents that have been changed, deleted or added to indexed folders. Changing a filter specified by the DocumentFilter property of the IndexSettings class can also lead to a change in the list of indexed documents.

When updating, the same options can be specified in the instance of the UpdateOptions class, which are set in the IndexingOptions class to specify indexing options. See the Indexing options page.

The following example demonstrates how to update an index using 2 threads.


string indexFolder = @"c:\MyIndex\";
string documentFolder = @"c:\MyDocuments\";
// Creating an index in the specified folder
Index index = new Index(indexFolder);
// Indexing documents from the specified folder
// Change, delete, add documents in the document folder
// ...
UpdateOptions options = new UpdateOptions();
options.Threads = 2; // Setting the number of indexing threads
index.Update(options); // Updating the index

Update index version

Sometimes when a new version of the GroupDocs.Search library is released, the format for storing the index on disk changes. In this case, you also need to update the index. However, updating the index version is different. To do this, use the IndexUpdater class. Without updating the index version, loading the index of the previous version will fail.

When the index version is updated, the documents are reindexed and saved in a folder different from the original in the new format. However, the index of old version does not change. The folder containing the old version of the index may be deleted after the update. The following example demonstrates updating a previous version of an index.


string sourceIndexFolder = @"c:\MyOldIndex\";
string targetIndexFolder = @"c:\MyNewIndex\";
IndexUpdater updater = new IndexUpdater();
if (updater.CanUpdateVersion(sourceIndexFolder))
    // The index of old version does not change
    VersionUpdateResult result = updater.UpdateVersion(sourceIndexFolder, targetIndexFolder);

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