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ZenQL search – overview

Created by r.saunders, last modified by r.bromley on 13 Feb 2022

ZenQL stands for Zengenti Query Language. It provides a flexible way to search for content and other resources in Contensis. ZenQL can be passed as a HTTP GET request using a query parameter named zenql. It gives you an efficient and fluent alternative to the exisiting JSON-based search available in our APIs.

The grammar used by ZenQL is separated from specific data schemas. The operators, functions, and relative time periods of ZenQL can be used across all our APIs, apart from a few exceptions where they are not semantically applicable.

ZenQL Syntax

A query in ZenQL (also known as a “clause”) consists of a field, followed by an operator, followed by one or more values or functions and optional keywords.

  • Field – the first component of a ZenQL clause that refers to the attribute or type of information you are querying e.g. a field in an entry, or an attribute of a user.
  • Operator - the part of the clause that relates or compares a function or value with the field that precedes it.
  • Value – the part of the clause that describes the content you are querying based on the information stored in its field.
  • Keyword - a word or phrase that serves a specific purpose in defining your query, such as linking two clauses or altering the logic of a clause or operator.

Syntax examples

Searching for all entries that are of the plant content type.

sys.contentTypeId = plant 

Plant entries that have been created this week.

sys.contentTypeId = plant and sys.version.created >= startOfWeek()

Find the full list of keywords, operators, functions and field references along with additional resources here: