Search for information in GLPI

GLPI has a search engine allowing you to display a set of elements satisfying a certain number of criteria. The proposed lists are paginated. A navigation bar at the top and bottom of the list is used to define the number of items to display per page and to navigate between pages.

A global search engine (that is, one that can use data from objects of different type) is also available.

In addition to the list of elements corresponding to the stated criteria; these lists offer some additional features:

  • Export in different formats (CSV, PDF, …)

  • Massive (Bulk) actions

  • A bookmarks system to save searches

Items in Trash

Some items in GLPI can be trashed. To view them in order to restore them or delete them permanently, click on the icon representing a recycle bin. To return to the display of active elements, click again on this icon.

Search views

The are two different views for search results in GLPI.

  • List/Table - The default view that shows results in a table with the field names along the top as headers and each result as a row

  • Map - Shows the location of the results on a map

The switch to the map view, click on the map toggle above the search results.


If an item type does not have the ability to have a location, then the map view toggle will be hidden.

Using the table view

In the table view, you have the option to sort the results by any of the displayed fields by clicking on the relevant column headers. You may perform a multi-sort by holding the Ctrl or Command (MacOS) keys while left clicking on the column header. Clicking on column headers multiple times will cycle between sort directions and removing the sort.

At the bottom of the results table is a dropdown that can be used to change the number of results that will show on each page. There are also pagination controls that let you navigate between the search results pages, and an indicator of where you are currently at within the results (Ex: Showing 1 to 20 of 30 rows).

Perform massive actions

A massive action system is integrated into the search engine. It allows you to make bulk modifications and perform actions to all the selected elements. Some examples of the available massive actions (Will differ based on the type of item):

  • Put in trashbin

  • Delete permanently

  • Restore

  • Connect / Disconnect

  • Install

  • Update

  • Add a contract

  • Enable the financial and administrative information

  • Add to transfer list

  • Synchronize

To use it, simply select the elements for which you want to perform an action then click on the Actions button available at the top and bottom of the list. Then, once the type of action has been selected, options are optionally presented, as well as a validation button.

The results of the actions as well as the information messages are presented at the end of the execution of all the actions.


  • You will find in the headers of the table (at the top and at the bottom) a checkbox allowing you to select or unselect all the elements of the list.

  • A similar system of actions is available in certain lists present within the objects themselves. The operation is identical to that explained here.


The number of elements that can be handled simultaneously is limited by the values ​​of max_input_vars or in your PHP configuration. You may therefore get a message indicating that massive edits are disabled. You just need to increase the values ​​of your PHP configuration or reduce the number of items displayed.