Search pages in EPiServer using FindPagesWithCriteria

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How to find pages in EPiServer by searching using the FindPagesWithCriteria method. The code sample describes how to search in EPiServer using criterias based on page properties.

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EPiServer has a powerful API for searching for pages programmatically. The idea is that you create a PropertyCriteriaCollection object containing one or more PropertyCriteria objects where each criteria represents some search condition or filter.

Searching within a specific language branch

To search in a specific language branch you can use another overload of FindPagesWithCriteria which accepts a language branch parameter. This is preferred over adding a “PageLanguageBranch” criteria to the criteria collection.

Conditional AND and OR when searching for pages

Not the Required property of the PropertyCriteria objects. If set to true the condition has to be met. If you have multiple PropertyCriteria objects with Required set to false, the search result will include all pages where any of these criterias are met. If Required is set to true, all criterias have to be met.

Find EPiServer pages programmatically

// Create criteria collection
var criterias = new PropertyCriteriaCollection                    
    // Find pages of a specific page type                        
    new PropertyCriteria()                            
        Name = "PageTypeID",                                
        Condition = CompareCondition.Equal,                                
        Required = true,                                
        Type = PropertyDataType.PageType,                                
        Value = "5" // Page type ID = 5                            
    // Exclude pages directly under a certain page                        
    new PropertyCriteria()                            
        Name = "PageParentLink",                                
        Condition = CompareCondition.NotEqual,                                
        Required = true,                                
        Type = PropertyDataType.PageReference,                                
        Value = "100" // Page ID = 100                            
    // Find pages from this year only                        
    new PropertyCriteria()                            
        Name = "PageStartPublish",                                
        Condition = CompareCondition.GreaterThan,                                
        Required = true,                                
        Type = PropertyDataType.Date,                                
        Value = new DateTime(DateTime.Now.Year,1,1).ToString() // After January 1st                            
// Search pages under the start page
var pages = DataFactory.Instance.FindPagesWithCriteria(

Security note: FindPagesWithCriteria vs. FindAllPagesWithCriteria

Note the important difference between these two methods:

FindPagesWithCriteria returns all matching pages that the current user has read access for, whereas FindAllPagesWithCriteria returns all pages regardless of permissions.