Example installation: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

For people who are brand new to Solr and Search API, here is an example installation.

It uses and has been tested to work with:

Installing Apache Solr Search with free Opensolr server on Drupal 7

Download and install the Apache Solr Module - https://drupal.org/project/apachesolr

Opensolr Setup

Setup a free Solr hosting account with Opensolr - https://opensolr.com

In your Opensolr Control Panel > Add New Collection:

Server Location: Any
Collection Name: mysitesolrtest
Type of collection: Drupal 7 Collection Template

High Performance Drupal

Fast and Scalable Designs
O'Reilly Media
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How can you help your Drupal website continue to perform at the highest level as it grows to meet demand? This comprehensive guide provides best practices, examples, and in-depth explanations for solving several performance and scalability issues. You’ll learn how to apply coding and infrastructure techniques to Drupal internals, application performance, databases, web servers, and performance analysis.

Covering Drupal versions 7 and 8, this book is the ideal reference for everything from site deployment to implementing specific technologies such as Varnish, memcache, or Solr. If you have a basic understanding of Drupal and the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) stack, you’re ready to get started.

  • Establish a performance baseline and define goals for improvement
  • Optimize your website’s code and front-end performance
  • Get best and worst practices for customizing Drupal core functionality
  • Apply infrastructure design techniques to launch or expand a site
  • Use tools to configure, monitor, and optimize MySQL performance
  • Employ alternative storage and backend search options as your site grows
  • Tune your web servers through httpd and PHP configuration
  • Monitor services and perform load tests to catch problems before they become critical

Manage the display of search results

This documentation is written for the 7.x-2.x version of Display Suite.

Display Suite can override the way that Drupal's (and Apache solr's) default search results are being displayed. This will be useful if you wanted to include images or file attachments in search results.

WHAT/WHERE search + Solr 3.6 + location(lat/lng) + radius based search

This doc will help you to

  • Modify schema.xml so that it supports geo location values
  • WHAT/WHERE search (radius based) - instead of a single keyword based search
  • Content-type based filtration
  • Implementation of hook_apachesolr_index_document_build, hook_apachesolr_query_alter

I am not going through the steps for installing / connecting solr with drupal. A lot of articles are already available online.


Typically for job/property search sites, where you have two text fields: WHAT and WHERE. I am using the apachesolr search pages for this implementation.
Example search:
WHAT: drupal architect
WHERE: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
(basically, the 'where' is an autofill textbox - which gets data from YQL - and its cached when search is being repeated)


Working with ApacheSolr and Search API

This page will describe how to install ApacheSolr and connect it to SearchAPI, using Views to deliver Solr content.

Installing ApacheSolr (OSX/Linux)

Installing & Configuring SearchAPI

Randomly Sorting Listings with Solr and Views

Some views may need to be randomly sorted, like when you're showing off a random listing in a sidebar of a theme. To do that, you will need the patches found here:


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