ES Search Tool documentation for the dotCMS Content Management System

Before using Elasticsearch queries in a Viewtool, RESTful services call, etc., queries can be tested using the ES Search tool on the dotCMS back-end.

Using the ES Search Tool

  1. Select Dev Tools -> ES Search to view the ES Search tool.
    ES Search tool
  2. Enter the full Elasticsearch query into the ES Query box.
  3. Click the Query button to fetch the results.


  • The Live checkbox can be checked to exclude unpublished content.
  • The User ID or Email field can be set to query content created by a specific dotCMS user.
  • For example Elasticsearch queries, you may click the Help button at the top of the ES Search screen and see the examples in the Elasticsearch API documentation.

Query examples