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In this step we will make the search bookmarkable. This allows users to search for employees in the Employees table and they can bookmark their search query or share the URL.

Figure 1: Search and sorting bookmarkable

You can view and download all files in the Explored app in the Demo Kit under Routing and Navigation - Step 12.

	"_version": "1.1.0",
	"": {
	"sap.ui": {
	"sap.ui5": {
		"routing": {
			"config": {
				"routerClass": "sap.m.routing.Router",
				"viewType": "XML",
				"viewPath": "sap.ui.demo.nav.view",
				"controlId": "app",
				"controlAggregation": "pages",
				"transition": "slide",
				"bypassed": {
					"target": "notFound"
			"routes": [{
				"pattern": "",
				"name": "appHome",
				"target": "home"
			}, {
				"pattern": "employees",
				"name": "employeeList",
				"target": "employees"
			}, {
				"pattern": "employees/overview:?query:",
				"name": "employeeOverview",
				"target": ["employeeOverviewTop", "employeeOverviewContent"]

			}, {
				"pattern": "employees/{employeeId}",
				"name": "employee",
				"target": "employee"
			}, {
				"pattern": "employees/{employeeId}/resume:?query:",
				"name": "employeeResume",
				"target": "employeeResume"
			"targets": {

In order to make the search bookmarkable we have to think about how the pattern of the corresponding route should match the bookmark. We decide to allow /#/employees/overview?search=mySearchQueryString in order to bookmark a search. Therefore, we simply extend our routing configuration a little. We add the optional :?query: parameter to the route employeeOverview. We keep in mind that we want to use search as the URL parameter for the search term that was entered in the search field.

], function (BaseController, Filter, FilterOperator, Sorter) {
	"use strict";
	return BaseController.extend("sap.ui.demo.nav.controller.employee.overview.EmployeeOverviewContent", {
		onInit: function () {
			var oRouter = this.getRouter();
			this._oTable = this.getView().byId("employeesTable");
			this._oVSD = null; 
			this._sSortField = null; 
			this._bSortDescending = false; 
			this._aValidSortFields = ["EmployeeID", "FirstName", "LastName"];
			this._sSearchQuery = null;
			this._oRouterArgs = null;
			// make the search bookmarkable
			oRouter.getRoute("employeeOverview").attachMatched(this._onRouteMatched, this);
		_onRouteMatched : function (oEvent) {
			// save the current query state
			this._oRouterArgs = oEvent.getParameter("arguments");
			this._oRouterArgs.query = this._oRouterArgs["?query"] || {};
			delete this._oRouterArgs["?query"];
			if (this._oRouterArgs.query) {
				// search/filter via URL hash
		onSortButtonPressed : function (oEvent) {;
		onSearchEmployeesTable : function (oEvent) {
			var oRouter = this.getRouter();
			// update the hash with the current search term = oEvent.getSource().getValue();
			oRouter.navTo("employeeOverview",this._oRouterArgs, true /*no history*/);

Now we handle the optional query parameter from the employeeOverview route in our EmployeeOverviewContent controller. First we change the onInit function by adding an event listener for the matched event of the employeeOverview route. Then we buffer the current router arguments as received from the event. If a query is available, the result from oEvent.getParameter("arguments") will contain a ?query property with an object of all URL parameters specified, otherwise it is undefined. For an easier access and to always initialize the query, we save the ?query object containing all query parameters to this._oRouterArgs.query and delete the duplicate at this._oRouterArgs["?query"]. If we have a search term query at the search key we continue and call this._applySearchFilter( to trigger a search based on the search query parameter from the URL.

Storing the arguments objects internally in the controller is important, because we will use the current arguments when calling navTo() in the search event handler onSearchEmployeesTable and pass on the arguments with the updated search term. We keep the URL and the UI in sync by navigating to the current target again with the current value of the search field from the event’s source. The search value is stored in together with the other query parameters and it is passed directly to the router again

That’s it, now our search is bookmarkable and reflected in the URL. Try to access the following pages in your browser:
  • webapp/index.html#/employees/overview

  • webapp/index.html#/employees/overview?search=

  • webapp/index.html#/employees/overview?search=an

When you change the value in the search field, you see that the hash updates accordingly.