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From "Uri Boness (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (SOLR-1163) Solr Explorer - A generic GWT client for Solr
Date Sun, 30 Aug 2009 14:19:32 GMT


Uri Boness commented on SOLR-1163:

Hi Kaoul,

The solr explorer is a maven project. This patch adds a new folder in the contrib director.
Once patched, you can go to the _contrib/solrexplorer_ directory and build the maven project
(_ie. mvn clean package_). One of the artifacts of the build is the directory where the application
sits in. 

It's a stand-alone application that runs in the browser. As such, to run the application all
you need to do is to open the SolrExplorer.html file in your browser. 

To configure the application you can customize the solr-explorer.xml which sits in the same

The main reason I made this patch is to contribute this whole code base to the Solr project
and hopefully make it an integral part of Solr. If you want to use this tool without concerning
yourself with the patch, you can also download it from:

I'm still working on the user documentation there, but it's a working version nonetheless.

> Solr Explorer - A generic GWT client for Solr
> ---------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SOLR-1163
>                 URL:
>             Project: Solr
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: web gui
>    Affects Versions: 1.3
>            Reporter: Uri Boness
>         Attachments:, solr-explorer.patch, solr-explorer.patch
> The attached patch is a GWT generic client for solr. It is currently standalone, meaning
that once built, one can open the generated HTML file in a browser and communicate with any
deployed solr. It is configured with it's own configuration file, where one can configure
the solr instance/core to connect to. Since it's currently standalone and completely client
side based, it uses JSON with padding (cross-side scripting) to connect to remote solr servers.
Some of the supported features:
> - Simple query search
> - Sorting - one can dynamically define new sort criterias
> - Search results are rendered very much like Google search results are rendered. It is
also possible to view all stored field values for every hit. 
> - Custom hit rendering - It is possible to show thumbnails (images) per hit and also
customize a view for a hit based on html templates
> - Faceting - one can dynamically define field and query facets via the UI. it is also
possible to pre-configure these facets in the configuration file.
> - Highlighting - you can dynamically configure highlighting. it can also be pre-configured
in the configuration file
> - Spellchecking - you can dynamically configure spell checking. Can also be done in the
configuration file. Supports collation. It is also possible to send "build" and "reload" commands.
> - Data import handler - if used, it is possible to send a "full-import" and "status"
command ("delta-import" is not implemented yet, but it's easy to add)
> - Console - For development time, there's a small console which can help to better understand
what's going on behind the scenes. One can use it to:
> ** view the client logs
> ** browse the solr scheme
> ** View a break down of the current search context
> ** View a break down of the query URL that is sent to solr
> ** View the raw JSON response returning from Solr
> This client is actually a platform that can be greatly extended for more things. The
goal is to have a client where the explorer part is just one view of it. Other future views
include: Monitoring, Administration, Query Builder, DataImportHandler configuration, and more...
> To get a better view of what's currently possible. We've set up a public version of this
client at: This client is configured with one solr instance
where crawled YouTube movies where indexed. You can also check out a screencast for this deployed
> The patch created a new folder in the contrib. directory. Since the patch doesn't contain
binaries, an additional zip file is provides that needs to be extract to add all the required
graphics. This module is maven2 based and is configured in such a way that all GWT related
tools/libraries are automatically downloaded when the modules is compiled. One of the artifacts
of the build is a war file which can be deployed in any servlet container.
> NOTE: this client works best on WebKit based browsers (for performance reason) but also
works on firefox and ie 7+. That said, it should be taken into account that it is still under

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