Interactive online courses

We're launching a portal with free online interactive courses to make learning to use Manticore Search much easier.

Since Manticore started one of the goals besides providing a stable and performant search engine was to make it easier for users to integrate a search engine in their setups.

We try daily to improve the existing documentation, which is quite large given the capabilities and  advanced options it can support. But the documentation is static. Putting a working example together requires jumping to different sections of the reference. Guides leverage this as they put various aspects of making an example in one place. But what if learning can be done better?

Thanks to some modern technologies it is now possible to provide a working environment which can be used to cover a learning scenario directly in the web browser. This way you can play around with a minimal search setup without any effort that would require to launch a server/cloud instance or disrupt an existing one.

With this launch there are 10 courses available that cover installation, importing data, working with indexes and geo searching. We already have ideas for several more new courses to add, but we are looking forward to know from you what topics would you like see in these courses.

The courses portal is available at

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Free config review

There are often optimizations that can be made to a Sphinx / Manticore setup by changing some simple directives in the configuration or making quick changes to an index definition.

Some common mistakes and issues can include:

  • doing main+delta without kill-lists, even if the delta does include updated records found in the main
  • using wildcarding with very short prefix/infix which can hammer performance in some cases
  • disabled (unintentional) seamless rotates and getting stalls on index rotations
  • adding texts as string attributes even if they are not using for any kind of operation (filtering, grouping, sorting) or mandatory to be present in results
  • using deprecated settings 

Having a quick look on the configuration can show issues or potential issues, this is why we want to offer a gift to our growing community!

When uploading your configuration file, we recommend to remove any database credentials first.

We suggest also you give as many possible details about your setup: how big is the data you have, how typical queries look and what issues you experience.

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