We can enable OpenSearch in Joomla search-component to insert links in <head> section like this:

<link href="http://site.name/component/search/?id=45&amp;Itemid=104&amp;format=opensearch" rel="search" title="title" type="application/opensearchdescription+xml" />

When follow this link I download xml with OpenSearch description.

I disabled this function in search-module, so there is no links in <head> sections. But! If I follow directly http://site.name/component/search/?format=opensearch I still download same xml-file.

How does it work? Where is this file created? How can I compleatly disable OpenSearch to disallow dowloading of this file?

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    I also have similar problem. Google bot tries to crawl that link with a 500 server error. So i disabled "OpenSearch Autodiscovery" in the search module. And then I had to tell google not to go to that link by adding Disallow: /component/search/ in robots.txt Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 23:46
  • This is true 5 years and 2 major Joomla versions later.
    – Plamen
    Commented Mar 21 at 5:11

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The only way I found was to block creating of this xml-file in search-component:

// components/com_search/views/search/view.opensearch.php
class SearchViewSearch extends JViewLegacy
    public function display($tpl = null)
        // Return HTTP-code 404
        header( "HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found" );

It is not very good solution, but I don't know another way. Now when follow this link I recieve HTTP-code 404.

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