Sean Holmesby

.NET and Sitecore Developer


TDS Post Deploy Step – Rebuild Content Search Indexes Script

This post shows how I created a custom TDS Post Deploy Step to rebuild the Content Search Indexes after my deployment in the Launch Sitecore TDS solution.

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My Custom Post Deploy Step:
Rebuild Content Search Indexes

Problem: As a developer, you may have added new fields to a Sitecore data template, or extended Sitecore with a custom index field. TDS makes it easy to get your changes deployed to other environments, however, you can’t begin querying these fields until a full index rebuild is performed. Deploying new code without an index rebuild can result in search listings coming up empty, or worse, broken pages.

Solution: Remove the manual and easy-to-forget task of rebuilding indexes by letting this Post Build step take care of things on your behalf.

Installation: Install the post build step using the instructions. Pass in one or more indexes to rebuild in the form of a comma separated list. (ex: sitecore_master_index,sitecore_web_index). This post build step can take a while to run so you’ll need to make sure TDS accounts for that.

using HedgehogDevelopment.SitecoreProject.PackageInstallPostProcessor.Contracts;
using HedgehogDevelopment.SitecoreProject.PackageInstallPostProcessor.Utils;
using Sitecore.ContentSearch;
using Sitecore.ContentSearch.Maintenance;
using Sitecore.Data;
using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using Sitecore.Data.Managers;
using Sitecore.Globalization;
using Sitecore.Publishing;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Xml.Linq;
namespace HedgehogDevelopment.TDS.CustomExtensions.PostBuildProcessors
    public class RebuildContentSearchIndexes : IPostDeployAction
        public void RunPostDeployAction(XDocument deployedItems, IPostDeployActionHost host, string parameter)
            string[] indexNames = this.GetContentSearchIndexes(parameter);
            foreach (var indexName in indexNames)
                var index = ContentSearchManager.GetIndex(indexName.Trim());
                if (index == null)
                    host.LogMessage("The Content Search Index with name {0} supplied does not exist.", indexName);
                host.LogMessage("Rebuilding index {0}...", indexName);
                IndexCustodian.FullRebuild(index, true);
                host.LogMessage("Rebuild of index {0} complete", indexName);
        private string[] GetContentSearchIndexes(string parameters)
            if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(parameters))
                throw new System.InvalidOperationException("Please specify a Sitecore Content Search index in the parameter");
            return parameters.Split(new char[]
            }, System.StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);

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