Coveo Category Facet

Legacy feature

This article pertains to the Coveo Hive framework which is now in maintenance mode.

Choose one of Coveo’s more modern, lightweight, and responsive libraries for any future search interface development. See the search interface Implementation guide for more details.

Leading practice

The Coveo Dynamic Hierarchical Facet is now recommended over the Coveo Category Facet rendering.

Implements the Coveo JavaScript Search Framework CategoryFacet component to display a facet that renders values in a hierarchical fashion.

Usage notes

  • To use the Coveo Category Facet rendering, you first need to:

    • have a content tree structure, such as the one below.

      Content Tree Category Structure | Coveo for Sitecore 5
    • create a Single-Line Text (or Multi-Line Text) field, such as the ParentCategories field in the example below, listing the paths to each parent folder of the item. See Insert a Category Facet - Example for more details about the format of values for this field.

      Multi value example | Coveo for Sitecore 5
    • index that Single-Line Text or Multi-Line Text field as a multi-value facet.

  • Every time you change the category selection in the facet, a new Search API call is triggered.

  • You can customize the CSS associated with this rendering.

Insertion location

Coveo Hive

The Coveo Category Facet rendering is an Allowed Control in the following placeholder(s): Facets

Example insertion sequence for the Coveo Category Facet rendering.

Coveo Hive SXA

Coveo for Sitecore SXA rendering insertion locations aren’t limited by placeholder Allowed Controls. The Coveo Category Facet rendering may therefore be inserted throughout the partial design, whether in Coveo for Sitecore or Sitecore placeholders.

Example insertion sequence for the Coveo Category Facet rendering.

Data source options

Option name Description


See the title component option.


See the field component option.

Facet ID

See the id component option.

Number of values

See the numberOfValues component option.

Enable search for the facet

See the enableFacetSearch component option.

Display search as a button

See the displaySearchButton component option.

Display search above the facet values

See the displaySearchOnTop component option.

Number of values to display in the facet search results

See the numberOfValuesInFacetSearch component option.

Enable more/less button

See the enableMoreLess component option.

Number of additional facet values to fetch when 'More' is clicked

See the pageSize component option.


See the basePath component option.

Facet accuracy determined by the number of scanned results

See the injectionDepth component option.

Maximum number of levels to traverse in the hierarchy

See the maximumDepth component option.

Delimiting character that specifies the hierarchical dependency

See the delimitingCharacter component option.

Delay in milliseconds before a search is sent to the server

See the facetSearchDelay component option.

Depends on

See the dependsOn component option.

DOM unique ID

Randomly generated HTML element ID.

Additional data attributes

Allows use of the Coveo JavaScript Search Framework CategoryFacet component options that aren’t directly available in the data source.

Sample generated HTML and corresponding visual output

<div id="coveodb691f83" class="CoveoCategoryFacet" data-prebind-field="fieldTranslator"
data-field="@parentcategories" data-title="Product Categories" data-injection-depth="1000"
Category Facet sample | Coveo for Sitecore 5