I'm trying to create a view with table display based on Search API (database search) index, with column-sorting (column set as Sortable in the display settings). However, this option isn't available for my view fields, no matter if they are based on string or fulltext Search API fields. Is there anything I can do to enable this?

I'm using latest Drupal 8.7.x nad Search API 1.12


It seems that availability of click-sorting is determined in \Drupal\search_api\Plugin\views\field\SearchApiFieldTrait::clickSortable method. The check inside that fails, because field definition array doesn't contain a search_api field key. So is there anything I can do to add it there?

BTW. th support for click-sorting was added in https://www.drupal.org/project/search_api/issues/2816979. There are some SOLR-related issues mentioned, but noting related to my use-case.

  • Do you have indexes created on those fields?
    – anoopjohn
    Nov 19, 2019 at 3:53
  • Yes, otherwise these fields wouldn't be available to the view, AFAIK. Nov 19, 2019 at 6:13

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As it turned out, it was my stupid mistake - search index field can be added to views (as a views field) in 2 ways, with one of them having (Indexed field) appended to the field label.

When I added field with (Indexed field) appended, I can set that field a Sortable.


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