Crafter Search System Administration

Solr Configuration

Crafter Search is built to take advantage of Solr’s dynamicField to produce indexes with minimal schema definition. Since Crafter Search uses Solr out of the box with some small changes (Crafter Search has it’s own config set used to create new cores, called crafter_configs, which is just a basic_configs config set with some additional fields), you can perfectly customize the Solr configuration in case you need more advanced features such as spellchecking and stemming.

Official Solr Guides


If you are going to change the Solr schema make sure to keep the original definition for all fields used by Crafter Search, you can find a list of the fields in the next section.


If you change an existing field in the schema you will need to perform a re-index of the data to be sure that the changes are reflected in future searches.

Crafter Search Configuration

All Crafter Search configurations are managed using a simple properties file:


General Properties

Properties prefix:

Property Default Description
server.url http://localhost:8983/solr Absolute URL for Solr server

Admin Properties

These values will be used to create the new Solr cores.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
defaultInstanceDir None Directory where Solr config and data will be stored
defaultConfigName None Solr config filename
defaultSchemaName None Solr schema filename
defaultDataDir None Solr data directory
defaultConfigSet crafter_configs Solr config set name

Crafter Field Properties

These properties define fields used internally by all Crafter CMS components, you should only change them if you are building a custom version of other components such as Crafter Studio or Engine.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description id
Unique ID for each document
(unique across all sites) parentId
Document ID of a parent doc rootId
Document ID used in
sub-documents site
Name of the site to which the
document belongs localId
Unique ID for each document
(unique only in one site) content-type
Crafter Studio content type
name file-name
Name of the file from which
the document was indexed crafterPublishedDate
Date field added to all
documents crafterPublishedDate
multiValue.separator ,
Character used to identify
multivalued fields
multiValue.ignore.pattern ^.+_(html|i|s|l|t|b|f|d|dt)$
Name suffix of fields that
will not be indexed as
multivalued fields

Field Types Properties

These properties are used to configure value conversion during indexing.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
html.suffix _html
Suffixes that will be used to
identify the type of each field.

If a field does not match any
suffix it will use the generic text
type defined by Solr.

int.suffix _i
int.multiValued.suffix _imv
string.suffix _s
string.multiValued.suffix _smv
long.suffix _l
long.multiValued.suffix _lmv
text.suffix _t
text.multiValued.suffix _txt
boolean.suffix _b
boolean.multiValued.suffix _bmv
float.suffix _f
float.multiValued.suffix _fmv
double.suffix _d
double.multiValued.suffix _dmv
datetime.suffix _dt
datetime.multiValued.suffix _dts
datetime.pattern MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss All dates must follow this format

Post Processing Properties

Crafter Search includes a list of post processors to update certain fields during indexing.

The DenormalizingPostProcessor can be configured to copy fields between parent and child documents, this can be useful for complex queries that require a logic similar to joins in SQL.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
fieldsToIgnore All Crafter Fields
Fields that will not be checked by the
post processor
copyChildrenFieldsToParent true
If enabled all fields will be copied
from the children
copyParentFieldsToChildren true
If enabled all fields will be copied
from the parent

Delete Properties

These properties control how Crafter Search deletes documents from the Solr index. If your schema includes complex relationships in which the delete operation should be propagated you can include the logic here. You can also define specific queries for different file types based on a regular expression from the filename.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
regex .*\\.xml$
Pattern to determine if a given id should
use the query for being deleted
query id:"%1$s" OR parentId:"%1$s"
Query used to select all documents that should
be deleted for the given id

Filter Properties

Using this property Crafter Search can automatically add filters to all queries sent from the different clients. The default values are used for supporting the disable and expire features from Crafter Studio but you can add any additional query according to your requirements.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
additional.queries -disabled:"true",-expired_dt:[* TO NOW]
List of queries to add as

Sub-Documents Properties

Crafter Search can detect when a document contains elements that should be indexed as sub-documents.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description sub-docs
XML element that indicates there are
sub-documents item
XML element to search for sub-documents

Solr Index Properties

The recommended approach is to create a new Solr core for each site, however it is also possible to have multiple sites in a single core.

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
default default Solr core name to use when it is not specified by the search client

Monitoring Properties

Properties prefix:

Property Default Value Description
statusMessage Crafter Search Running Message returned for the status request