Items in Different Languages Are Not Automatically Indexed or Updated When Language Fallback Is Enabled

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In Sitecore 8.1, you have enabled language fallback either at the item or at the field level.

You then get one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Editing an item that has language fallback enabled re-indexes the edited version, but not the versions that fallback on it.

  • Quickviews of fallback items show the old version of the item rather than its updated one.

  • When creating a new item with item language fallback enabled, you’re able to find the items that fall back on it in your search page.


Due to an issue in Sitecore 8.1, the items that fallback from your Sitecore items aren’t automatically pushed to be indexed, and are only updated on a full index rebuild.


There are two potential solutions to this issue.

Contact Sitecore Support

Sitecore has already created a patch to fix this issue in Sitecore 8.1 update 3 (8.1.160519).

You’re encouraged to upgrade to this version of Sitecore, and contact them (see Sitecore Support) to install the patch in your Sitecore instance.

This is the recommended way to fix the issue.

Update Your Sitecore Version

This issue has been fixed in Sitecore 8.2. Therefore, upgrading your Sitecore 8.1 version to a Sitecore 8.2 version fixes the issue (see Upgrade Sitecore With Coveo for Sitecore).