SharePoint Full Crawl Stuck? Force Stop SharePoint Search Crawl using PowerShell

Problem: SharePoint 2013 search crawl process is running infinitely! And crawl was not stopping!!

Solution:

I tried stopping the crawl process from the search administration page of SharePoint 2013 central administration but failed.

force stop crawl sharepoint 2013 powershell

PowerShell to rescue! This script checks whether the crawler status is “Idle” for the given content source. If not, it stops the crawl activity and waits until the status is changed to idle.

Stop Search Crawl for All Content Sources:

Here is how to stop the search crawl for all content sources in SharePoint using PowerShell.

#Stop the crawl for all content sources
Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource -SearchApplication "Search Service Application" | ForEach-Object {  
    If($_.CrawlStatus -ne "Idle") 
    {
        Write-Host "Stopping crawl on Content source $($_.Name)..."  
        $_.StopCrawl()  

        While ($_.CrawlStatus -ne "Idle")
     {
            Write-Host "Waiting to crawl to be stopped..." -f DarkYellow
            sleep 3
        }
        write-host "Crawl Stopped Successfully!" -f DarkGreen
    }
    else
    {
        write-host "Crawl Status of the Content source '$($_.Name)' is Idle!" -f DarkGreen
    }
}

PowerShell script to force stop SharePoint 2013 search crawl on specific content source:

To stop Search crawl forcefully in SharePoint, use this script. 

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Content source Name
$ContentSourceName= "Crescent Portal" #default "Local SharePoint sites"
 
#Get the search service application
$SSA = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication #-Identity "Search Service Application Name"
 
#Get the content source
$ContentSource = $SSA | Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource -Identity $ContentSourceName

#Check if Crawler is not already running
if($ContentSource.CrawlState -ne "Idle")
{
        Write-Host "Stopping Crawl..."           

        $ContentSource.StopCrawl()

        #Wait till its stopped
        while($ContentSource.CrawlState -ne "Idle")
        {
            Write-Host "Waiting to crawl to be stopped..." -f DarkYellow
            sleep 5
        }
        write-host "Crawl Stopped Successfully!" -f DarkGreen
}
else
{   
      Write-Host "Search Crawl is not running!" -f Red
}

Disable continuous crawl for all SharePoint content sources

$SSA =  Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication
$ContentSources = $SSA | Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlContentSource | Where{$_.Type -eq "SharePoint"} 
foreach ($cs in $ContentSources)
{ 
  $cs.EnableContinuousCrawls = $false 
  $cs.Update() 
}
If you still face the trouble of crawl stuck in stopping state, Go to services console and restart SharePoint Server Search!

I used this script when the crawler was stuck in the stopping state! Related post: Start SharePoint Search Crawl using PowerShell 

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

2 thoughts on “SharePoint Full Crawl Stuck? Force Stop SharePoint Search Crawl using PowerShell

  • Very good, thanks

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  • Very Helpful! Thanks

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