Sphinx is an open source full text search server, designed from the ground up with performance, relevance (aka search quality), and integration simplicity in mind. It's written in C++ and works on Linux (RedHat, Ubuntu, etc), Windows, MacOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, and a few other systems.
Sphinx lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with Sphinx pretty much as with a database server.
A variety of text processing features enable fine-tuning Sphinx for your particular application requirements, and a number of relevance functions ensures you can tweak search quality as well.
Searching via SphinxAPI is as simple as 3 lines of code, and querying via SphinxQL is even simpler, with search queries expressed in good old SQL.
Sphinx clusters scale up to tens of billions of documents and hundreds of millions search queries per day, powering top websites such as Craigslist, Living Social, MetaCafe and Groupon... to view a complete list of known users please visit our Powered-by page.
DocumentationDocumentation resources are at: http://sphinxsearch.com/docs/
released on 26 April 2013
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