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groups: Group Search

  • URL:https://[root]/community/groups

Example usage

ArcGIS Online URL

ArcGIS Enterprise URL


The Group Search operation searches for groups in the portal.

The search index is updated whenever groups and organizations are created, updated, or deleted. There can be a lag between the time at which a group is updated and when it's reflected in the search results.

The results only contain groups that the user has permission to access.

Care should be taken when using ArcGIS REST API search operations (search, user search, group search, group content search) to find items, groups, and users programmatically. The Portal uses a powerful search engine to index information and to allow full text searching on it. This search engine uses many different inputs to find the appropriate results and rank them. This often makes search 'fuzzy', making it ideal for human interaction, but not necessarily ideal for looking for specific records programmatically. Developers should avoid using search to find specific items (e.g. by title) as the results of these types of queries might change as the search engine evolves.

Request parameters

[Common Parameters]

For a complete listing, see Common parameters.


The query string to search the groups against.

See Search reference for advanced options.

Example: q=arcgis+online


Structured filtering through specifying field name followed by a colon and the term you are looking for with double quotation marks. It is designed to allow passing in application level filters based on its context. Specified field value should be an exact keyword match of the value interested, partially match the filter keyword will fail the matching and not return meaningful results.

See Search reference for advanced options.



(Optional) The number of the first entry in the result set response. The index number is 1-based.

The default value of start is 1 (for example, the first search result).

The start parameter, along with the num parameter, can be used to paginate the search results.

Example: start=11 (returns result 11 as the first entry in the response)


(Optional) The maximum number of results to be included in the result set response.

The default value is 10, and the maximum allowed value is 100.

The start parameter, along with the num parameter, can be used to paginate the search results.

The actual number of returned results may be less than num. This happens when the number of results remaining after start is less than num.


(Optional) Field to sort by.

Values: title | owner | created | modified


(Optional) Describes whether order returns in ascending or descending order. The default is ascending.

Values: asc | desc


(Optional) Pass in the parameter to search request user's groups, including both the groups request user owns and is a member of. It can be used in combination with any of the other parameters to construct meaningful queries, and it searches for all of request user's groups if q is omitted.

Example: searchUserAccess=groupMember

Response properties


The total number of results that match the query. It is counted accurately up to 10,000; if the total number is greater than this value, 10,000 will be returned. The top 10,000 query results are available to retrieve via pagination.


The number of the first entry in the result set for this response. The index number is 1-based.


The number of results included in the result set for this response.


The next entry index if the current result set doesn't contain all results.


A JSON array of group objects. See the response properties for Group.

JSON Response syntax

  "total": total number of results returned,
  "start": start number,
  "num": number in result set,  
  "nextStart": -1,
  "results": [{
    "id": "<group id>",
    "title": "<group title>",
    "isInvitationOnly": true | false,
    "owner": "<group owner username>",
    "description": "<description>",
    "snippet": "<summary>",
    "tags": [
   "typeKeywords": [
  "phone": "<contact>",
  "sortField": "title",
  "sortOrder": "asc",
  "isViewOnly": false,
  "isFav": false,
  "thumbnail": file name,
  "created": date created shown in UNIX time,
  "access": private | org | public 

JSON Response example

  "total": 1,
  "start": 1,
  "num": 10,
  "nextStart": -1,
  "results": [{
    "id": "2146ddb18dbe4fe1bb11dc9594164546",
    "title": "Street Maps",
    "isInvitationOnly": false,
    "owner": "jsmith",
    "description": "The street map group provides street maps for the city of Redlands.",
    "snippet": "City of Redlands maps",
    "tags": [
   "typeKeywords": [
    "phone": "",
    "sortField": "title",
    "sortOrder": "asc",
    "isViewOnly": false,
    "isFav": false,
    "thumbnail": "streets.jpg",
    "created": 1258061693000,
    "access": "public"