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Faceting is a method of high-performance filtering that uses multiple dimensions of attribute values as search criteria. Faceted search is similar, but considerably “smarter” than the standard layered navigation. The list of available filters is determined by the filterable attributes of products returned in the search results.

Live Search uses the productSearch query, which returns faceting and other data that is specific to Live Search. Refer to productSearch query in the developer documentation for code examples.

Filtered search results

Any defined facet may be used as a URL parameter and results will be filtered based on the parameter values: http://yourstore.com?brand=acme&color=red.

Faceting requirements

The category and product attribute requirements for faceting are similar to the filterable attributes used for layered navigation. Each storefront properties of an attribute must have the “Use in Search Results Layered Navigation” value set to “Yes”.

Live Search supports up to:

  • 100 attributes configured as facets
  • 50 sortable attributes
  • 200 filterable attributes
  • 200 searchable attributes

If there are more than 200 filterable attributes defined, it is not deterministic which 200 will actually be indexed.

If you have a large number of attributes to contend with, consider combining attributes into a single ‘meta-attribute’. For example, shoes generally have numeric sizes, while shirts are commonly sized “S/M/L/XL”. These two types of sizes can be combined into a single searchable attribute.

Setting Description
Category display settings Anchor - Yes
Attribute properties Catalog Input type - Yes/No, Dropdown, Multiple Select, Price, Visual swatch (widget only), Text swatch (widget only)
Attribute storefront properties Use in Search Results Layered Navigation - Yes

Facet aggregation

Facet aggregation is performed as follows: if the storefront has three facets (categories, color, and price) and the shopper filters on all three (color = blue, price is from $10.00-50.00, categories = promotions).

  • categories aggregation - Aggregates categories, then applies the color and price filters, but not the categories filter.
  • color aggregation - Aggregates color, then applies theprice and categories filters, but not the color filter.
  • price aggregation - Aggregates price, then applies the color and categories filters, but not the price filter.

Default attribute values

The following product attributes have storefront properties that are used by Live Search and enabled by default.

Property Storefront Property Attribute
Sortable Used for Sorting in Product Listing price
Searchable Use in Search price
FilterableInSearch Use in Layered Navigation - Filterable (with results) price

Default non-system attribute properties

The following table shows the default search and filterable properties of non-system attributes, including those that are specific to the Luma sample data. Setting the Use in Search attribute property to Yes makes the attribute searchable in both Live Search and native Adobe Commerce.

Attribute Code Searchable Use in Layered Navigation
activity Yes Filterable (with results)
attributes_brand Yes No
brand Yes No
climate Yes Filterable (with results)
collar Yes Filterable (with results)
color Yes Filterable (with results)
cost Yes No
eco_collection Yes Filterable (with results)
gender Yes Filterable (with results)
manufacturer Yes Filterable (with results)
material Yes Filterable (with results)
purpose Yes Filterable (with results)
strap_bags Yes Filterable (with results)
style_general Yes Filterable (with results)

Default system attribute properties

The following table shows the default search and filterable properties of system attributes.

Attribute Code Searchable Use in Layered Navigation
allow_open_amount Yes Filterable (with results)
description Yes No
name Yes No
price Yes Filterable (with results)
short_description Yes No
sku Yes No
status Yes No
tax_class_id Yes No
url_key Yes No
weight Yes No

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