Customize directory search results 

Configure the profiles-config.xml file to specify the fields that you want to include in the results page that displays after users perform a directory search in Profiles. The search results page can be configured for all types of search.

Before you begin

To edit configuration files, use the wsadmin client. See Starting the wsadmin client for information about how to start the wsadmin command-line tool.

About this task

The Profiles search results page is organized into three columns. You can configure the profiles-config.xml file to specify which fields you want to display in each of the three columns. For example, if you have configured your deployment so that email addresses are hidden to protect the privacy of your users, you might want to remove any email-related fields from the search results page. For more information about hiding email addresses, see Hiding email addresses.

Each column can take attributes of type attribute (predefined attributes) and extensionAttribute (custom extension attributes).


To configure the search results page to display the way that you want...

  1. From the dmgr host:

      cd $DMGR_PROFILE/bin
      ./ -jython

      If prompted to specify a service to connect to, type 1 to pick the first node in the list. Most commands can run on any node. If the command writes or reads information to or from a file using a local file path, pick the node where the file is stored.

  2. Check out the Profiles configuration files:

      ProfilesConfigService.checkOutConfig("<working_directory>", "<cell_name>")where:

      • <working_directory> is the temporary working directory to which the configuration XML and XSD files are copied and are stored while you make changes to them. Use forward slashes (/) to separate directories in the file path, even if you are using the Microsoft Windows operating system.

          Note: AIX and Linux only: The directory must grant write permissions or the command does not complete successfully.

      • <cell_name> is the name of the WAS cell hosting the Profiles application. This argument is required. It is also case-sensitive, so type it with care. If you do not know the cell name, you can determine it by typing the following command in the wsadmin command processor: print AdminControl.getCell()

      For example:

      • AIX or Linux:


      • Microsoft Windows:


  • Open the profiles-config.xml file in a text editor.

  • Locate the <searchResultsLayout> element and edit it as required.

  • After making changes, check the configuration files back in, and do so during the same wsadmin session in which you checked them out for the changes to take effect. See Apply property changes in Profiles for information about how to save and apply your changes.

    Parent topic

    Customize Profiles search

    Related concepts
    Add custom extension attributes for Profiles

    Related tasks

    Hiding email addresses
    Apply property changes in Profiles