Add New Content Source in SharePoint Search using PowerShell

Requirement: Create a new search content source in SharePoint 2013 / 2016.

PowerShell script to add new content source:

Here is the PowerShell script to create a new content source in the SharePoint search.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Variables for new content source creation
$ContentSourceName= "Intranet Portal" #default "Local SharePoint sites"

#Get the search service application
$SSA = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication #-Identity "Search Service Application Name"

#Check if the given content source Name exits already
$ContentSource = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource -SearchApplication $SSA | where {$_.Name -eq $ContentSourceName}
if ($ContentSource)
    write-host "Content Source Name already exist!" -f Red
#Create new content source
$ContentSource = New-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource -SearchApplication $SSA -Type $ContentSourceType `
          -name $ContentSourceName -StartAddresses $ContnetSourceURL -MaxSiteEnumerationDepth 0

write-host "New Content Source has been created!" -f Green

#To delete a content source, use: 
#Remove-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource -SearchApplication $SSA -Identity $ContentSourceNames
You must run full crawl for any new content source created. Here is how: How to Start SharePoint Search Crawl using PowerShell

New-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource reference in Technet.

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