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Add static full-text search with Lunr.js to any Orchid site

official search


Orchid Search allows any Orchid site to have full-text search capabilities, without requiring a backend server or using any 3rd-party search services! Using the wonderful Lunr.js library, Orchid is able to generate an index of all content on your site as static JSON files, and then search it from your browser.

Alternatively, if your project is registered for Algolia DocSearch, you can easily add the required code snippets with the official Orchid integration.



Static Search with Lunr.js

Using static search with Orchid is a two-step process: instructing Orchid to build indices of your site's content, and adding the Javascript widget to enable client-side search functionality. Because static search requires Orchid to generate search indices and the search is performed directly in the browser, it is best for small sites.

Generating search indices is enabled by default when this plugin is added to your site. The content of the indices is the "intrinsic page content" for every page in your site, which is generated from the indices generator. You can control which other plugins are included in the generated indices with the includeFrom and excludeFrom options on the indices generator:

# config.yml
    - 'wiki'
    - 'pages'
    - 'posts'
    - 'javadoc'

Next, you need to add the orchidSearch meta-component to your pages. This component will automatically attach itself to the search field in your theme, which is already set up correctly in all official themes.

# config.yml
    - type: 'orchidSearch'

Algolia DocSearch

In contrast to Orchid's own static search, which becomes slow and inefficient with large sites, Algolia Docsearch is a much more optimized client-server solution hosted by Algolia and offered as a free search service to any open-source project. OrchidSearch is the official DocSearch integration for Orchid.

To get started, fill out the form to get your project approved by Algolia for DocSearch. Once it's been accepted, simply add the algoliaDocsearch meta-component, and similar to the orchidSearch component, it will automatically attach itself to your theme's search input. You will need to add your DocSearch credentials to this component for it to work properly:

# config.yml
    - type: 'algoliaDocsearch'
      apiKey: '<API_KEY>'
      indexName: '<INDEX_NAME>'
      appId: '<APP_ID>' # Should be only included if you are running DocSearch on your own.

When using DocSearch, you probably do not want the search indices being generated anymore, as they slow down your builds. Simply disable the indices generator to prevent them from being created.

# config.yml
      - 'indices'
dependencies {