How do i change the ContentFinder's refresh interval


How do i change the ContentFinder's refresh interval?

Answer, Resolution

By default, the ContentFinder automatically refreshes its search results every 20 seconds to check for new items. This refresh one cause of performance slowdown especially when there are long running ContentFinder requests displayed in the logs.

The refresh interval can be defined by overlaying and modifying the script in /libs/cq/ui/widgets/source/widgets/wcm/ContentFinderTab.js.

Disabling the ContentFinder's refresh interval


  1. Install attached package ( which will apply the patch described above

CQ 5.3+

In CQ 5.3+, you can:

  1. Open /crxde (CRXDE Lite) web application and login as admin
  2. Copy to /libs/cq/ui/widgets/source/constants.js to /apps/cq/ui/widgets/source/ (if the folder structure doesn't exist under /apps then create it first, save, then copy constants.js)
  3. Change the value of CQ.CF_REFRESH_INTERVAL constant to 0


  1. Install the attached package that includes this overlay with the CQ.CF_REFRESH_INTERVAL set to 0.

Disable initial Content Finder Search

The Content Finder also does an asset search automatically when the user clicks on a content finder tab and on each page load. If you find that the results of the auto searches are not actually useful for authors or you are willing to part with this functionality for a performance boost then you should disable this search. Note: The process below works for CQ5.3 and CQ5.2.1.

To disable the initial search that is done by the Content Finder when clicking a tab or loading a page, do the following:

  1. Using CRX Explorer or CRXDE Lite, copy /libs/cq/ui/widgets/source/widgets/wcm/ContentFinderTab.js to /apps/cq/ui/widgets/source/widgets/wcm/ (if the folder structure doesn't exist under /apps then create it first, save, then copy ContentFinderTab.js)
  2. In the CRX repository Modify the copied file as follows; comment out this.loadStore(this.getParams()) in the show event handler of the contentfinder
  3. Save the modified file back to the CRX repository


CQ.wcm.ContentFinderTab.getResultsBoxConfig = function(config, proxyConfig,
storeConfig, refreshInterval) {

// MOD START: disable refreshing
refreshInterval = "0";
// MOD END: disable refreshing


constructor: function(config) {
  config = CQ.Util.applyDefaults(config, {
    "layout": "border",
    // "title": config.title ? config.title : "",
    "items": [],
    "listeners": {
    "show": function() {
});, config);

Disable the Content Finder Search Suggestions

When a user starts typing a path in the Content Finder search box it provides suggestions to the user.  In a CQ5 instance with a large amount of content this feature causes slowdown in system performance.

To disable this feature, do the following:

  1. Locate all content finder extension scripts in the CRX repository (you can use Webdav, CRX Explorer, or CRXDE Lite if using 5.3+).  These scripts can be found under the following paths:
  2. Using CRXDE Lite, copy all js files (that do not already exist) from /libs/wcm/extensions/contentfinder/ to /apps/wcm/extensions/contentfinder/.  If /apps/wcm/extensions/contentfinder/ directory does not exist then create it and copy all files from /libs/wcm/extensions/contentfinder.
  3. Modify all scripts under the two /apps directories mentioned in step 1 as follows; replace the SuggestionFieldBox url with an empty string like this:
    "id": "cfTab-Pages-QueryBox",
    "items": [
    CQ.wcm.ContentFinderTab.getSuggestFieldConfig({"url": ""})


Note: In step 3, you must replace the text, do not comment the line because it will not work.


Applies to

CQ5.2.1 / CQ >= 5.3