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      Latest reply on Aug 28, 2019 12:10 AM by eskimo
      houdah Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        An increasing number of Apple and third-party applications useCoreSpotlight to index data. This powers both in-app searches as well as the Spotlight menu item.


        I am looking for a way to search all application data indexed by CoreSpotlight. For in-app searches, I can use CSSearchQuery to find previously submitted CSSearchableItems. I however fail to find API to extend searches to content owned by other applications.


        How can I search through all content indexed by CoreSpotlight and replicate the behavior of the Spotlight window?

        • Re: Search Core Spotlight for Apple Notes and other application content
          eskimo Apple Staff Apple Staff (13,895 points)

          As currently designed, Core Spotlight puts each app in its own silo, and only built-in system software can look across the silos.  As various subsystems migrate to Core Spotlight, apps that rely on Spotlight’s ability to search across domains are going to run into this limitation more and more.  For example, on 10.15 beta, Mail has started using Core Spotlight, as discussed in this thread (which I see you’ve already found).

          As to how this will evolve in the future, I can’t speak to that.  My only recommendation is that you file an enhancement request for the features that you need (which I see that you’ve done already, per that other thread).

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