Live filter search

The idea is not just to provide a good search engine, but also a complete solution for managing all your XenServer infrastructure. Ideally:

  • less clicks to see or make what you want
  • find a subset of interesting object
  • make bulk actions on all results found
  • sort your result for more pertinent insight

Pro Tip: the URL of Xen Orchestra contains the search string, eg home?s=power_state%3Arunning+. You can share those URL to your colleagues to share your search!

Search examples

We recorded some filters in the dropdown "Filters":

You can also use other filters here:

If you want to record your filter, just click on "Save" icon

After giving a name to your filter, you can find it in the dropdown filter menu.

Just go in your user zone (bottom of main left menu):

There, you can edit or remove any filter/search your created!

In this user zone, you can set a default filter (preset filters or your own).

Pro Tip: this is saved in your user preference. It means that you can connect anywhere on any browser, you'll find your preference.

Filter syntax

A filter allows you to search through a collection of objects which have multiple properties and may even contains other nested objects.

Searching for a string (or substring)

Simply write the string, if it contains special characters just surround it with quotes:

  • simple-string
  • "string with special characters like whitespaces"

The search is recursive, case insensitive and non-anchored (i.e. matches if the pattern is contained in a string).

Searching a specific property

Write the property name, followed by a colon : and a subfilter:

  • name_label:"my VM"
  • virtualizationMode:hvm
  • boot:order:cn


Prefix your filter with an exclamation mark !:

  • !hvm
  • !power_state:Running or power_state:!Running


Simply write filter's terms side by side:

  • power_state:Halted !virtualizationMode:hvm


Parentheses can be used to group terms together:

  • !(power_state:Running virtualizationMode:hvm)


Pipe | followed by a group of terms:

  • |(vm1 vm2)
  • power_state:|(Running suspended)

Truthy property

This one is less common but can be used to check whether a property has a truthy value (true, non-empty string or non-zero number).

Postfix the name of a property by an question mark ?:

  • auto_poweron?
  • high_availability?

Available properties

No documentation on this side either, but you can see all objects and their properties using xo-cli --list-objects.

Take a look at the documentation :)

For the Xen Tools status:

  • xenTools?: whether the tools are installed
  • xenTools:"up to date": whether they are installed and up to date

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