ElasticSearch Essentials

ElasticSearch Essentials 3.0.11

No permission to buy ($30.00)
Compatible XF 2.x versions
2.0, 2.1
Additional requirements
XenForo Enhanced Search
ElasticSearch (2.x, 5.x or 6.x)
php 5.6+
Updates duration
12 Months ($15 Yearly Renewal + HST)
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This add-on REQUIRES XenForo Enhanced Search and ElasticSearch to be installed. Without it, this will not do anything.
After the installing for the first time, you must use the "Optimize Index" option and then re-index all content.
Known issues;
  • CLI bulk-indexing script does not work with XF2.1
This add-on requires ElasticSearch v2.0 or newer, it does not support 1.x or older!

Search Bar Auto Complete

When your users type in the search bar on your forum they will see suggestions based on what they have typed so far. The terms come from phrases used in your index rather than just common words. This means that it should work well for niche boards, any language, etc... This can really help reduce missed searches.

Similar Threads

On a new thread, provides potentially similar threads as the title is being created.

On viewing a thread, provides a list of potentially similar threads (based of title and any tags). Uses caching to reduce hits to the search system (but still requires at least 1 SQL query to ensure visibility checks).

Suggestions/"Did You Mean" Functionality

There are two different "Did You Mean" features. One type is for even when the user has results for their search but there is a more popular, similar, term in your board's index. This can lead to better results. It also helps reduce typos. The other type is for when there are no results for their query, they will be presented with a list of similar terms that appear in your index.

Post Areas

On a user's profile, shows forums by post count where the user posts the most.

Search Deleted Content

Provides opt-in/out for searching deleted items from the advanced search page, if a user has permission to see deleted content for some forums, they may search for deleted content.

Deleted search options:
  • Exclude deleted
  • Include deleted
  • Only search deleted
Per-forum Permissions

  • [ESE] Use similar threads (Thread create)
  • [ESE] Use similar threads (View Thread)
  • [ESE] Use auto-complete
    • Note; requires this to be granted at the user-group level for this feature to be usable from the search page or the forum root page.

Post-Installation Instructions

The auto complete functionality does require your index to be deleted (and thus recreated) from the admin panel. It will not happen automatically on installation because I understand this might not be ideal.
First release
Last update
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Latest updates

  1. 3.0.11 - Bugfix update

    Use correct permission check on 'similar thread on create' feature Return not-found instead of...
  2. 3.0.10 - Maintenance update

    Prevent "Template error: Function can_show_autocomplete_on_platform is unknown" errors during...
  3. 3.0.9 - Elasticsearch v7 compatibility update

    ElasticSearch v7 compatibility requires XenForo 2.1.0+ and XFES v2.1.1+, updating ElasticSearch...

Latest reviews

Xon is the #1 XF developer and he brings us another "must have". Many useful features in here and Xon gives the worlds best support!
I have been working with @xon on getting the XF2 version to match the XF1 version when it comes to relevant threads, I can only say he has been extremely professional, receptive and prompt in providing me versions to test on my test forum. Also this addon is worth its weight in gold :)