# What is Meilisearch?

Meilisearch is a RESTful search API. It aims to be a ready-to-go solution for everyone who wants a fast and relevant search experience for their end-users βš‘οΈπŸ”Ž

Efficient search engines often require a significant investment of resources. They are only accessible to companies with the means necessary to develop a bespoke search solution that fits their needs.

Small-to-medium-sized businesses commonly resort to subpar search engines that incur invisible costs on their user experience and retention due to poor search fulfillment.

That's why we created Meilisearch: An open source solution accessible to everyone, designed to meet a vast majority of needs. Requiring very little configuration to be installed, yet highly customizable.

Our solution delivers an instant search experience including typo handling, filters, custom rankings, and many more features. Read on to learn more.

# Demo

Search bar updating results
Meilisearch helps the Rust community find crates on crates.meilisearch.com (opens new window).

# Features

  • Blazing fast (answers < 50 milliseconds): Priority is given to fast answers for a smooth search experience.
  • Search as you type: Results are updated on each keystroke. To make this possible, we use prefix-search.
  • Typo tolerance: Understands typos and misspellings.
  • Tokenization in English, Chinese, and all languages that use space as a word divider.
  • Return the whole document: The entire document is returned upon search.
  • Highly customizable search and indexing:
    • Custom ranking: Customize the relevancy of the search engine and the ranking of the search results.
    • Stop words: Ignore common non-relevant words like of or the.
    • Highlighting: Highlighted search results in documents
    • Synonyms: define synonyms for a better search experience.
  • RESTful API
  • Search preview: allows you to test your search settings without implementing a front-end

# Philosophy

Meilisearch is committed to providing open source, easy to use, customizable instant search that focuses on the needs of end-users.

Read more about the philosophy of our search engine.

# SDKs and integrations

Our team and community have worked hard to bring Meilisearch to almost all popular web development languages, frameworks, and deployment optionsβ€”and new integrations are constantly in development. Check out the full list of our integrations.

# Alternatives

Why should you use Meilisearch instead of any other existing solution? We try to answer this question in this comparison to alternatives. In short, Meilisearch most closely compares with Algolia. Meilisearch stands out by being open source (while commercial), and aims to be simpler to deploy and maintain than other competitors.

# Give it a try!

Instead of showing you examples, why not just invite you to test Meilisearch interactively in the out-of-the-box search preview we deliver?

There's no need to write a single line of front-end code. All you need to do is follow this guide to give the search engine a try!

Meilisearch search preview