I have a custom content type that I simply want to not be indexed by the Drupal search engine. Yes, I can hide it from the search results, but there are hundreds of thousands of these nodes and rebuilding the index takes days. After much searching and trial/error, I came across this solution from ChrisPliakus.

You can see my query below in the update_index hook, where I exclude MY_CONTENT_TYPE from the query. I've tested the query manually and it seems to show nodes other than the one I want to ignore, which I think is the goal there.

However, when I run drush cron --verbose, I still see those nodes getting indexed :(

 * Implements hook_module_implements_alter().
function MYMODULE_module_implements_alter(&$implementations, $hook) {
  if ('update_index' == $hook) {

 * Implements hook_update_index().
 * @see node_update_index().
function MYMODULE_update_index() {
  $limit = (int) variable_get('search_cron_limit', 100);

  $result = db_query_range("SELECT n.nid FROM {node} n LEFT JOIN {search_dataset} d ON d.type = 'node' AND d.sid = n.nid WHERE (d.sid IS NULL OR d.reindex <> 0) AND n.type != 'MY_CONTENT_TYPE' ORDER BY d.reindex ASC, n.nid ASC", 0, $limit, array(), array('target' => 'slave'));

  foreach ($result as $node) {

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

  • From what I'm reading, I also need to implement hook_search_info, though I'm lost a bit at this point. Oct 24, 2012 at 20:09

1 Answer 1


Rather than coding a custom solution, I would use a supported module. The answer I believe will help you: Restrict Drupal Search to few content types

So for Drupal 7 you can use Custom Search, Search Config or Search API Exclude if you are using Search API. For Drupal 8 you can use Search Exclude.

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