Rewriting Links In Search Results (XSLT)

Occasionly you may find that you want to build your own link translation functions directly into the search XSLT, essentially stating two parameters, the URL attributes to find, and the URL attributes to replace it to, adjusting the return on the SharePoint search results page.

This is not difficult to do, and can simply be done in your XML available in the WebPart properties in your Search Results WebPart. In the below, you can see that the two previously talked about variables are the same URL, however the prefix to is simply being adjusted to the SSL enabled site. Not a very clever example, however accurately solves the problem.


Once you have this in your XSLT, you can use the rewritten_url variable to do whatever you want!


3 thoughts on “Rewriting Links In Search Results (XSLT)”

  1. Hi there,
    I have been trying to do this but cannot get my sitename property to be picked up.

    IF I use

    it just spits out url. (incidentally, i tested just printing sitename and it works.)

    If i declare a variable called mysite I cant get it to pick up the value of sitename.

    I tried


    but mysite remains empty. \

    any ideas?

  2. oops, seems like my code gets stripped out. would you mind sending me an email so that I could mail you my code?

  3. Maybe I should word my question differently. I cant seem to get my variable populated with the sitename property.

    If I enter a string for the variable select then it all works. But when I say select=”sitename” the variable is empty.

    any ideas?

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