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Welcome to Solr

What Is Solr?

Solr is the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, dynamic clustering, database integration, and rich document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling. Solr is highly scalable, providing distributed search and index replication, and it powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites.

Solr is written in Java and runs as a standalone full-text search server within a servlet container such as Tomcat. Solr uses the Lucene Java search library at its core for full-text indexing and search, and has REST-like HTTP/XML and JSON APIs that make it easy to use from virtually any programming language. Solr's powerful external configuration allows it to be tailored to almost any type of application without Java coding, and it has an extensive plugin architecture when more advanced customization is required.

See the complete feature list for more details.

For more information about Solr, please see the Solr wiki.

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25 June 2010 - Solr 1.4.1 Released

Solr 1.4.1 has been released and is now available for public download! Solr 1.4.1 is a bug fix release for Solr 1.4 that includes many Solr bug fixes as well as Lucene bug fixes from Lucene 2.9.3.

See the release notes for more details.

7 May 2010 - Apache Lucene Eurocon 2010 Coming to Prague May 18-21

On May 18th to the 21st Prague will play host to the first ever dedicated Lucene and Solr User Conference in Europe: Apache Lucene Eurocon 2010. This is a a not-for-profit conference presented by Lucid Imagination, with net proceeds being donated to The Apache Software Foundation. Registration is now open. Schedule highlights include:

10 November 2009 - Solr 1.4 Released

Solr 1.4 has been released and is now available for public download! New Solr 1.4 features include

  • Major performance enhancements in indexing, searching, and faceting
  • Revamped all-Java index replication that's simple to configure and can replicate config files
  • Greatly improved database integration via the DataImportHandler
  • Rich document processing (Word, PDF, HTML) via Apache Tika
  • Dynamic search results clustering via Carrot2
  • Multi-select faceting (support for multiple items in a single category to be selected)
  • Many powerful query enhancements, including ranges over arbitrary functions, nested queries of different syntaxes
  • Many other plugins including Terms for auto-suggest, Statistics, TermVectors, Deduplication

See the release notes for more details.

20 August 2009 - Solr's first book is published!

Solr book cover David Smiley and Eric Pugh are proud to introduce the first book on Solr, "Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server" from Packt Publishing.

This book is a comprehensive reference guide for nearly every feature Solr has to offer. It serves the reader right from initiation to development to deployment. It also comes with complete running examples to demonstrate its use and show how to integrate it with other languages and frameworks.

To keep this interesting and realistic, it uses a large open source set of metadata about artists, releases, and tracks courtesy of the MusicBrainz.org project. Using this data as a testing ground for Solr, you will learn how to import this data in various ways from CSV to XML to database access. You will then learn how to search this data in a myriad of ways, including Solr's rich query syntax, "boosting" match scores based on record data and other means, about searching across multiple fields with different boosts, getting facets on the results, auto-complete user queries, spell-correcting searches, highlighting queried text in search results, and so on.

After this thorough tour, you'll see working examples of integrating a variety of technologies with Solr such as Java, JavaScript, Drupal, Ruby, PHP, and Python.

Finally, this book covers various deployment considerations to include indexing strategies and performance-oriented configuration that will enable you to scale Solr to meet the needs of a high-volume site.

18 August 2009 - Lucene at US ApacheCon

ApacheCon Logo ApacheCon US is once again in the Bay Area and Lucene is coming along for the ride! The Lucene community has planned two full days of talks, plus a meetup and the usual bevy of training. With a well-balanced mix of first time and veteran ApacheCon speakers, the Lucene track at ApacheCon US promises to have something for everyone. Be sure not to miss:


Thursday, Nov. 5th

Friday, Nov. 6th

09 February 2009 - Lucene at ApacheCon Europe 2009 in Amsterdam

ApacheCon EU 2009 Logo Lucene will be extremely well represented at ApacheCon US 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands this March 23-27, 2009:

19 December 2008 - Solr Logo Contest Results

Many great logos were submitted, but only one could be chosen. Congratulations Michiel, the creator of the winning logo that is proudly displayed at the top of this page.

03 October 2008 - Solr Logo Contest

By popular demand, Solr is holding a contest to pick a new Solr logo. Details about how to submit an entry can be found on the wiki. The Deadline for submissions is November 20th, 2008 @ 11:59PM GMT.

15 September 2008 - Solr 1.3.0 Available

Solr 1.3.0 is available for public download. This version contains many enhancements and bug fixes, including distributed search capabilities, Lucene 2.3.x performance improvements and many others.

See the release notes for more details. Download is available from a Apache Mirror.

28 August 2008 - Lucene/Solr at ApacheCon New Orleans

ApacheCon US 2008 Logo Lucene will be extremely well represented at ApacheCon US 2008 in New Orleans this November 3-7, 2008:

03 September 2007 - Lucene at ApacheCon Atlanta

ApacheCon US logo Lucene will once again be well represented at ApacheCon USA in Atlanta this November 12-16, 2007.

The following talks and trainings are scheduled for this year's conference:

06 June 2007: Release 1.2 available

This is the first release since Solr graduated from the Incubator, bringing many new features, including CSV/delimited-text data loading, time based autocommit, faster faceting, negative filters, a spell-check handler, sounds-like word filters, regex text filters, and more flexible plugins.

See the release notes for more details.

17 January 2007: Solr graduates from Incubator

Solr has graduated from the Apache Incubator, and is now a sub-project of Lucene.

22 December 2006: Release 1.1.0 available

This is the first release since Solr joined the Incubator, and brings many new features and performance optimizations including highlighting, faceted search, and JSON/Python/Ruby response formats.

15 August 2006: Solr at ApacheCon US

Chris Hostetter will be presenting "Faceted Searching With Apache Solr" at ApacheCon US 2006, on October 13th at 4:30pm. See the ApacheCon website for more details.

21 April 2006: Solr at ApacheCon

Yonik Seeley will be presenting "Apache Solr, a Full-Text Search Server based on Lucene" at ApacheCon Europe 2006, on June 29th at 5:30pm. See the ApacheCon website for more details.

21 February 2006: nightly builds

Solr now has nightly builds. This automatically creates a downloadable version of Solr every night. All unit tests must pass, or a message is sent to the developers mailing list and no new version is created. This also updates the javadoc.

17 January 2006: Solr Joins Apache Incubator

Solr, a search server based on Lucene, has been accepted into the Apache Incubator. Solr was originally developed by CNET Networks, and is widely used within CNET to provide high relevancy search and faceted browsing capabilities.