Is there any way to search for a file by sha1?

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  • jmoldow_box

    We do not support searches for sha1.

     

    Please refer to https://docs.box.com/reference#searching-for-content . The content_types field states that we only support searching by name, description, file_content, comments, or tags.

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  • napalmer7

    Thank you for the response; I had looked through that section of the documentation and was just curious since the sha1 can be seen as a rough approximation of the file_content or a standard tag. It seems very odd that your result object shows sha1 as a primary attribute of the file but it's not a searchable index.

     

    Is there any plans for supporting features such as hash/metadata searching for a file?

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  • mmickelson

    I agree that the sha1 should be searchable. We create a tool that allows an InDesign user to place images from Box as actual http sources so they are not broken for others who work on the same document. The tool has an option that can help a user migrate to Box by uploading local images used in the document and setting their source to the Box location. The challenge we have is that a user could end up with a lot of duplicates of the same image if each upload went into its own folder. Ideally, we could search for the file by sha1 to find the exact same file, and link to that. Text searches don't guarantee a file is the same (multiple logo.jpg files might be in a Box account).

     

    I'm sure there are other uses where matching a local file to its copy stored in Box could be useful.

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  • Kourtney

    Hello all! Thanks so much for your great feedback! If you haven't already, I would highly reccomend submitting a feautre request, including information about the use case for this, to our product team at pulse.box.com! 

     

    Best, 

    Kourtney 

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