Monday, April 22, 2013

How to create custom query predicate in CQ

Use Case: Your search has some custom requirement that can not be covered by existing predicate

Pre requisite:

Suppose you want to create a custom predicate to copare and sort case sensitive property.
Your predicate expression will look like

-----Signature -----

path=<Path under which search would be performed>
type=<node type><property name for which case sensitive search needs to be performed>
customcase.fulltext=<Search Text>

You can test these example after deploying code HOST:PORT/libs/cq/search/content/querydebug.html

---- Example 1 (Find all node with subtitle as "MAIL" and do upper case compare) -----

---- Example 2 (find all node and sort by subtitle property) -----

Note: As you can see, Code is not optimal. It is just an example of how you can create your own predicate. Also Example assumes that you know how to import dependencies for this code. Let me know if you have any question.


  1. Hi Yogesh,

    All of yours blogs are very useful.I have a query regarding Restful API in adobe cq. i want to know what is a scope of restful api in adobe cq where it is n use some for info on it..

    thanks in advance

    1. Hello Pankaj,

      You can get more information about REST from From within CQ please refer


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  4. Hi Yogesh, I deployed this component & tried this example1 & getting an error Caused by: java.text.ParseException: Query:
    /jcr:root/content/geometrixx/en//*[fn:upper-case(@jcr:content/(*)subtitle)='MAIL']; expected: )

    I also have set the property under /content/geometrixx/en/company/press/jcr:content subtitle-MAIL. Any idea, BTW i am using AEM6.

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