Use filters to narrow down search results, or use them for database-like queries.
The REST API and .NET client API support filtering on complex objects of different types to varying degree. Supported complex objects can be divided into these types:
Collections of native objects such as `
Complex objects that have properties of native objects and/or complex objects, for example an Author class.
Collections of complex objects, such as `
## Collection of native objects
The first type is covered by the documentation for each _native_ type. For instance if you want to know how to filter on a property of type `
IEnumerable<string>`, see [Strings](🔗).
## Complex objects with properties of native objects
The second type, _complex objects_, such as a property of type `
Author` is straight forward. You can filter on its native properties just as if they were apart of the type we are searching for. For instance, to find blog posts authored by _Winston Churchill_, you could use the below code.
One might wonder what happens if the `
Author` property is null. Contrary to LINQ, no exception is thrown. The filter simply does not match.
## Complex object collections
The final type of complex objects that you can filter on is a _collection of complex objects_, such as `
IEnumerable<Author>`. The .NET client API has a filter method named MatchContained, which you can use to filter on properties of native types in objects contained in collections. Imagine that the `
BlogPost` class no longer has an `
Author` property but instead an Authors property of type `
IEnumerable<Author>`. Next, use the `
MatchContained` method to find blog posts whose Author property contains an `
Author` with a specific name.
MatchContained` syntax is a bit different from other filtering methods. The first argument is an expression identifying the property that we want to filter on. The second argument is the value.
Also, while the `
MatchContained` method lets you filter on a single field in an object in a list, you cannot use it to express multiple conditions on the same object in the list. That is, use it to find blog posts that have an author named _Winston Churchill_ and an author with a specific email address. You cannot use it to find blog posts with a specific author that have both a specific name and a specific email address.