March 14, 2018

Manticore Search - open source text search engine for big data and stream filtering

Open source text search engine for big data and stream filtering

  • Filtering multi-language user generated data streams in real time
  • Indexing and searching over hundreds of terabytes of data
  • Search results grouping and faceting
  • High-quality search results ranking following best industry practices
  • Backend for search UI (eg. “Did you mean”, search phrase autocompletion, spelling correction etc.)

Rich search query syntax

Use lots of search operators and expressions to let your users find what they really need


Stores your original documents on disk compressed with no memory footprint and low-latency access


The easiest and most intuitive way for designing queries which lets you learn the technology very fast


RT indexes allows updates be instant available for searching


Synchronous replication for Real-time and PQ indexes

Powerful search ranking algorithm

Customize search ranking formula to promote things that really matter to your business


Find objects close to others easily with built-in radius/polygon search functions

Flexible custom morphology

When you need you can customize morphology on character-by-character level

Built-in JSON support

If you prefer JSON based DSL over HTTP, Manticore supports it

Incredibly efficient, high-throughput stream filtering and high-quality filtering capabilities


Built-in FACET operator lets you implement faceted search with just few lines of code

Built-in MySQL, Postgres and CSV support

Manticore Search can easily index from MySQL/Postgres/CSV/TSV out of the box. Just a matter of few lines in config file

ODBC and XMLpipe drivers for any data storage

Want to index data from other data storages? If it supports ODBC – not a problem at all. Xmlpipe driver covers everything else.

Wide range of built-in functions

Tens of built-in functions and operators allow to do not only search, but analytic requests. We also support user-defined functions for any custom needs you may have

Built-in morphology support for most languages

In most cases you don’t need to think about search morphology at all

Works on any OS and in clouds

Works in Linux, Windows, OSX and in Docker

  •  To improve the relevance of our customers’ results we use Manticore Search as our data indexing solution, and Manticore Percolate Queries for real-time filtering of data in transit.  read more

    Jay Krall

    VP Product, SocialGist
  • We’ve chosen this product because of the high performance compared to alternatives, the ability to expand the functionality with help of udf-functions and the availability of SQL-like query more

    Ivan Ivanov

    Team leader, OWOX
  • We contacted Manticore’s free support on Slack with questions related to migrating form Sphinx search.
    In 30 minutes we had the first reply, and a few days later our issue was resolved, and we now using Manticore search to perform over 5 billion queries every day. read more

    Alexander Sørnes

    Senior Developer, JMT Nordic
  • We opted to migrate to Manticore instead of upgrading Sphinx since Manticore is open source and better supported. We’re very happy with our decision. read more

    Josh Maines

    Buds Gun Shop
  • We were using Sphinx but lately was crashing quite often and as a result making our homepage completely broken … We now only have some quick performance drops, instead of a continuous failure read more

    Trang Ho & Gilles Bedel

  • Thank you for your help to quickly work through the bug fix. I should have not have surprised at the excellence and prompt nature of the service after working with you last fall on our upgrade from Sphinx, but I didn’t expect the bug to be found, fixed, and the fix to be deployed (with instructions and testing for our specific use case) before I was back in the office the next day. Your professional support has reinforced the value of hiring the developers of specialized software.

    Eric K.

    B2B Online Sales Lead

Manticore Search is an open-source search engine that was born in 2017 as a continuation of the famous Sphinx Search engine. We took all the best from that, significantly improved its functionality, fixed hundreds of bugs, and rewrote it almost completely internally. And left it all open-sourced! That’s what makes Manticore Search a modern, fast and light-weight full-featured search engine.

We have designed and developed Manticore to provide you with multi-functional relevant search capabilities with high performance and low resource consumption and importantly easily integrable. It doesn’t matter what environment you are using, whether it’s Windows, Linux, MacOS or Docker, you can always use Manticore Search and connect to it from different programming languages or HTTP via JSON or even using MySQL client. 

Driven by the industry’s high standards and our clients’ needs, we made Manticore easily scalable, so no matter what kind of tasks you need to solve, search on a site or building multilingual directory with petabyte data coming from different sources, all this you can do with our open-source search engine.